Here's the dilemma; you ride the road, but rubber neck at every off-road path as you pedal by. You enjoy riding the dirt, but don't necessarily dig the hassle of packing up and driving to the trailhead. The Niner RLT 9 2-Star Apex 1 build just might be your solution.
As Niner's first bike designed for 700c wheels, the RLT 9 was intentionally built for the curious and spontaneous. If you mainly stick to pavement and fire roads you can use 700c wheels to run road or cross tires, or if you want something a little wider (up to 1.75") you can slap on a pair of 29" wheels thanks to the 142x12mm rear hub spacing. The slightly longer chainstays, slightly lower bottom bracket, and a slacker head tube angle make this a real gravel grinder that's ready to be whatever kind of bike you need it to be.
To make this a bike you can truly ride on and off road all day, the RLT 9 features a hydroformed tube set similar to that of Niner's Air 9, engineered to meet Niner's ride quality standards which is also why it comes with a gravel-tuned, custom painted Niner Carbon fork to gobble up all those road and "not-road" vibrations. The RLT 9 features internal cable routing for a Di2 setup and uses a PF30 bottom bracket shell allowing you to run it geared or single speed via Niner's new BioCentric 30.
Race a proper cross on Saturday, spin the back roads on Sunday, and commute on Monday. The RLT 9 is exactly what you'd think of when hearing Niner made a 700c drop bar bike: beautiful, versatile and ready to spar!
Hydroformed Aluminum alloy frame is light, efficient and beautiful
Custom 15mm gravel-tuned Niner carbon fork shares DNA and safety testing standards with Niner's legendary MTB version.
142x12mm rear dropouts can fit a wide variety of wheels and provide a solid platform for efficient power and control.
More upright geometry features slightly longer CS, lower BB and slacker HT angle, offering long-lasting comfort.
68mm PF BB30 bottom bracket allows you to run single speed or geared.
SRAM Apex 1 group offers many of the technical features and performance of it's more expensive 1x drivetrain siblings at a fraction of the price.
Niner RLT 9 Aluminum
Niner Full Carbon Fork, 15MM
SRAM Apex 1
SRAM S350 42T
SRAM PC1110 11 Speed
SRAM PG 1130 11-42t 11 Speed
SRAM Apex HRD 160/140MM ROTORS
NINER Alloy Wheel, 15mm (f), 142x12mm (r)
Schwalbe G-One Performance, Folding, 700 X 35
Niner Drop Top Alloy
Niner Alloy Stem
Niner Alloy Seatpost, 400mm
Niner Custom With Cr-Mo Rails
Cyclocross, Gravel, Adventure
21.0 lbs /9.84 kg, 56cm
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
As my riding started trending more toward mixed surface rides from my door as opposed to driving a hour and half to the nearest trail head I sold the MTB and researched obsessively until I settled on the RLT9. This bike can literally do everything and do it well. I have slayed single track, double track, gravel roads and good ole tarmac. I love this bike, the geometry and the handling and everything about it. The 1x drivetrain is amazing and I have never ran out of gear on either end. This is the bike you didn't know you needed until you ride it.
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