Niner unveils carbon RLT 9 RDO gravel bike

New lightweight rig can be built up for racing or long-distance adventuring

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Niner RLT 9 RDO

Look for Rebecca Rusch to be piloting this new bike at various races and adventures. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

“When is Niner going to come out with a carbon fiber RLT model?” has been a question asked of Niner since the introduction of the RLT alloy gravel bike back in 2013. Roll the clock forward to 2017, and after more than two years in development, Niner has created a performance bike for the quickly growing gravel grinding community.

Niner RLT 9 RDO 5 Star Di2 Black

The 5-star Shimano Dura Ace Di2 build. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

Built for wherever a rider might dream of riding a bike, the new RLT 9 RDO, can handle two tracks, fire roads and long grinds on the gravel, not to mention the rides on the asphalt to get to the dirt. Check out this video to learn more.

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Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 Star Ultegra Black

The RLT will accept tires up to 40 mm offering the rider a variety of options depending on riding conditions. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

Built using Niner’s carbon compaction process, the RLT 9 RDO is compliant and stiff. And at under 1100 grams, the frame can be built up as a light race bike for competitions like the Dirty Kanza or as a long hauler with the capacity to load it with racks and bags and head way out into the backcountry.

Niner RLT 9 RDO

Find the route less traveled. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

“The RLT 9 RDO felt like a bike I could ride all day,” said Rebecca Rusch, a multi-time Dirty Kanza winner. “Even on the first ride, it felt like home. I wasn’t shifting around, looking for a comfortable position or needing to move around on the handlebars. Descending on the curvy, wet roads in Italy, it felt super stable, but zippy. I feel like I could race this bike all day. Fast and solid are two words that really come to mind.”

Niner RLT 9 RDO BB Cables

Easy internal cable access. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

Featuring the same design and detail found in the carbon versions of the AIR 9 RDO mountain bike, the new RLT withstood third-party, industry standard mountain bike stress testing during the design process. The RLT features thru axles, front and back, the RDO gravel fork with mid-mounts as well as flat mount disk brakes. The RLT will accept tires up to 40 mm offering the rider a variety of options depending on riding conditions.

Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 Star Ultegra Black

Stealth cable routing. Photo courtesy Niner/Ian Hylands

The carbon fiber RLT 9 RDO comes in four different builds. The two-star starts with SRAM’s workhorse Apex drivetrain and retails at $3000. A five-star limited release version featuring Shimano’s full Di2 electronic drivetrain retails at $8800. For more details and other build kits, visit www.

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