Niner RLT 9 gravel bikes updated

New build kits for entire line of dirt-road tamers

Gravel News
Niner RLT 9 Steel 3-star Rival

The revised Niner RLT 9 Steel 3-star Rival.

Niner has overhauled its line of RLT 9 gravel bikes, with updates that include improved gearing, new component groups, wider tires, and a host of other tweaks. Below are highlights of the changes.

  • 2-Star bikes receive Shimano Tiagra with hydraulic brakes. This is a new kit to the Niner lineup
  • 3-Star bikes feature SRAM Rival 22 with 50/34 gearing (Gearing had been 46/36)
  • 4- and 5-Star bikes feature Shimano Ultegra R8000
  • All bikes have Centerlock rotors
  • All bikes have 50/34 Chainring (Gearing had been 46/36).
  • All levels will have 38c Schwalbe G-One tires. Once installed, these measure 40c
  • New embossed saddle with Niner’s serape design
  • New bar tape that matches saddle design
  • New alloy expanding bar end plugs stay in place
  • Easton EA50 AX bars all levels
  • All Niner wheels (alloy and carbon) come taped and valved for tubeless set-up. (Alloy wheelsets will not come with tubeless ready tires and will still include tubes
Niner RLT 9 RDO 5-star Ultegra

RoadBikeReview spent three days on the previous version of this bike doing a bikepacking tour in North Carolina.

RoadBikeReview got the chance to ride the previous iteration of this Niner bike at the recent New Belgium Ramble Ride bikepacking tour in North Carolina and were duly impressed. Even when loaded with an extra 15 pounds of gear, the Niner RLT 9 RDO was a stiff and efficient climber, and was very stable, especially on fast, loose gravel sections through the Pisgah National Forrest.

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