So riding road has lost some of its appeal for me in the last few years. I hardly ride my 2 road bikes anymore. I am thinking about unloading one or both of them for a Niner RLT9. I live in Colorado and have an unlimited number of dirt farm roads and mountain roads to ride. I just can't decide if a cross bike is a better option. I feel like the geometry of the RLT is the better option but the price for what your getting is a bit high. I know Niner is a smaller builder and doesn't do the volume that say Cannonade does. But 2k for an aluminum bike with disc brakes seems a bit expensive. I am also looking at the Ridley Xtrail I can get carbon with 105 for about the same price. I just don't have any local dealers for either so I can't test ride them.