Niner RLT 9 1 Star Tiagra Bike
All-Road Adventure Seeker
Here's the dilemma; you ride the road but rubberneck 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. We feel your pain... The Niner RLT 9 just might be your solution.
Niner made history when they released the RLT 9, their first bike built for drop bars and "road" style riding. The RLT 9 was intentionally built for the curious and spontaneous. Think of it as the "road bike" for the mountain biker at heart. It's a road bike built to do basically anything you can think of - and have as much fun as possible while doing it.
One of the biggest benefits of the RLT 9 is that it offers a lot of options to customize tire size for whatever you happen to be riding on. 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" MTB wheels thanks to the 135mm 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 frame is really designed for rough usage in mind; offroad it's stiff where it counts without being a jarring or harsh ride, and on-road, it's a smooth and snappy ride. The RLT 9 features internal wire routing for a future Di2 setup, and uses a PF30 bottom bracket shell allowing you to run it geared or single speed via Niner's new BioCentric 30.
Niner didn't skimp when they put this bike together. It's built with Shimano's Tiagra 10-speed system, which borrows a lot of design cues and features from their more expensive racing-level groups. Tiagra balances excellent functionality with comfort and durability. Shifting and braking are effortless, especially when paired with the rock solid Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes. Low gearing out back means you won't struggle to find an easy gear when you're climbing steep fire roads. Tying it all together is a high-quality Niner-branded cockpit and wheelset wrapped in grippy WTB All-Terrain tires.
Race a proper 'cross race on Saturday, explore gravel roads on Sunday, and commute on Monday. The RLT 9 is exactly what you'd think of when hearing Niner made a drop bar bike: beautiful, versatile and ready to rip!
- Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy Frame is light, efficient and beautiful
- Custom gravel-tuned Niner carbon fork shares design DNA and safety testing standards with Niner's legendary carbon MTB forks.
- Upright Endurance Geometry is designed for comfort and controllability, making quick work of rough roads.
- PF BB30 can easily go singlespeed or geared, and accomodates most cranksets on the market.
- Internal shifter routing ports are ready for Di2 and seat post battery routing.
- Front and Rear Rack and Fender Mounts add tons of functionality and all-season readiness
|Frame||Niner RLT 9 Aluminum, fender and rack mounts quick release dropouts|
|Fork||Niner Full Carbon Fork, Tapered, QR|
|Headset||Niner ZeroStack Tapered|
|Shifters||Shimano Tiagra ST-4700 10 speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Tiagra FD-4700, double|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Tiagra RD-4700 10 speed, GS Cage|
|Crankset||Shimano Tiagra FC-4700 crankset, 50x34T|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano PF30|
|Chain||Shimano CN-HG54 10 speed|
|Cassette||Shimano CS-HG500 11-34T, 10 speed|
|Brakes||SRAM BB5 Mechanical disc, Road version, 160mm Avid rotors|
|Wheelset||Niner CX Alloy, QR 100mm front, QR 135mm rear, 6-bolt, sealed cartridge bearing hubs|
|Tires||WTB All Terrain, 700x37 Wire Bead|
|Handlebar||Niner Alloy, 31.8mm Clamp|
|Seatpost||Niner Alloy, 400mm|
|Saddle||Niner Custom with chromoly steel rails|
|Intended Use||Gravel, Road, Cyclocross, Bikepacking, Adventure|
|Weight||24.2 Lbs / 10.98 kg, 56cm|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|A: Seat Tube Length||470 |
|B: Effective Top Tube||510 |
|C: Stack||532 |
|D: Reach||363 |
|E: BB Height||- |
|F: BB Drop||70 |
|G: Head Tube Length||105 |
|H: Head Tube Angle||70.0 °||70.5 °||71.0 °||71.5 °||72.0 °||72.5 °|
|I: Seat Tube Angle||74.5 °||74.0 °||73.5 °||73.0 °||73.0 °||72.5 °|
|J: Standover Height||740 |
|K: Chainstay Length||435 |
|L: Wheelbase||1008 |
|Suggested Rider Height||150-160cm |
8 months ago
I swapped out the cranks for the Tiagra triple and I put on a set of bb7 brakes. The bike is perfect for any kinda casual level riding.
I have just over 500 miles on the bike so far and I couldn't be happier, but only because it is on sale for $1000.
8 months ago
First the wheels, they are extremely heavy and I can live with it, if the durability matches the weight. Unfortunately in my case the front wheel is out of true. I swapped my tires out for 40C Nano's.
Second thing, brakes. The BB5 cable pull brakes are jut not much better than rim brakes. If this bike would have been spec'ed with BB7 brakes it would have been much better.
Third thing is not on the spec or more on Jenson. I actually asked them not to cut the head tube on my bike when building it. They did it anyway.
Now the good,
This bike is amazing for the price. It was packaged well from Jenson. The finish on this bike is amazing. I love the color and picks do it no justice. The bike rides and shifts great. The Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset maybe a little on the heavy side but works great!! I would only swap it for a 1x system and that is down the road. I swapped the seat post out for carbon Niner. I would also like to add, Niner also spec'ed this bike with Jagwire cables which is a really nice touch. This bike has great geometry, fun to ride, and the $999. price point can not be touched by any other company building gravel/adventure bikes at this time. I would have easily given five stars if it were not for the wheel going out of true and the brakes being sub-par.
Recently I've taken it up on bike camping and hauled 25+ lbs of gear up Squaw Pass and camp out on Echo Lake here in Colorado, and I was surprised how stable it is despite all that gear. I've also rode some easy singletracks and its nice to know the frame and wheels can take a beating as much as a CX mountain bike.
As for any cons, I see other reviews mentioning the brakes are inadequate, which I believe is true right out of the box. But after I dialed in the pad clearance it definitely beats out any caliper brakes in my opinion. The other I would mention is the forks are definitely on the stiff side, and I would feel it offroad. The trick I learned is just like mountain biking, learn to offload your weight from the wheel when going over rocks and roots.
I would say of the 4 bikes I have, this one I got the best value out of and I highly recommend it to anyone.
7 months ago
7 months ago
Honestly I went with this bike because: 1. it was a great price and 2. didn't look like a standard road bike. That being said...
I have ridden over 300 miles so far total and I rode for over 100 miles in a local Tour de Cure... no problemo. Kept up with all the spandex clad roadies just fine.
The component set is great. This is my first experience with Shimano and the Tiagra groupset is very impressive. Crisp and accurate shifts. Great brakes for mechanicals. Tires are great. A little noisy but thats to be expected. Wheelset is a heavy and not tubeless ready. Really the ONLY downside I have seen so far and I could honestly care less.
All in all I am VERY happy with the quality of the bike and with the care JensonUSA put into the assembly, tuning, disassembly, and careful packing / shipping. An A+ effort once again.
7 months ago
Size wise, I should have gotten 1 size smaller from the suggested sizing guide.
Overall, okay bike and highly recommend it .
8 months ago
8 months ago
1. This bike is built in the past, for the past and it`s not future-proofed at all. Good luck trying to upgrade the very heavy 10-speed ONLY wheelset to anything better using 11-speed!
2. The 10-speed Tiagra group set was eventually replaced by an 11-speed Ultegra set, after I finally found a compatible Shimano 11-speed wheelset (Shimano RX830 Road Disc) designed for a 135mm quick release. I will have to sell the original wheels because I have no use for them now…
3. The Avid BB5 brakes are an embarrassment…They came off right away, replaced by a set of TRP HY/RD hybrid hydraulic brakes.
4. The cables are exposed, there`s no internal cable routing.
What I like about this bike?
1. The paint and the color.
2. The tire clearance
3. The price, but this benefit was cancelled by the amount of cash I had to spend to turn this into a decent bike.
I have to agree with other reviews: they did seem like they cheapened out on some not-minor things to hit this price point.
The frame is decent but not something to be excited for and definitely it`s not worth 1000$...
I would NOT buy this bike again.
Q & A
what's the crank arm size and handlebar width for your size 47cm frame?
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