“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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. ninerbikes.com/.