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Niner RLT 9 1 Star Tiagra Bike

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Niner RLT 9 1 Star Tiagra Bike

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
Stem Niner Alloy
Bar Tape Niner
Seatpost Niner Alloy, 400mm
Seatclamp Niner
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.

GEOMETRY (mm / inch)
Size 47cm 50cm 53cm 56cm 59cm 62cm
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
4.3 / 5.0
15 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Stars
Decent for the price
The welds on the bike are ugly. They look like blobs around the bb. The brakes are subpar for a bike in this price range, even at the discount price. Tiagra setup rubs the front derailleur at both ends of the rear cassette. No amount of adjustment will solve that issue. Probably due to the 11-34 but idk for sure. An 11-32 would have worked better. It climbs well enough that I rarely go up to the last 2 gears anyway. It does have some nice jagwire cables.The paint is pretty nice and durable. Reviews of the RLT 9 frame are correct. It is Very stiff. I wouldn't buy this bike again. I'd get a steel frame instead due to the stiffness. I bought the bike because of the price and tire clearance. I'm going to fit some 45c WTB Riddlers and see how it performs on single track. This is my first niner and it does seem like they cheaped out on some things to hit this price point. Overall its a decent bike, but I'm not thrilled with it. I'm not complaining just giving an honest review. 4 out of 5 just because of the new price.
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April 12, 2017
Very Impressed
This bike is a steal. I can really only speak about the frame, because that's the reason I bought the bike. The rest I changed out when it arrived. Clearance was a big issue for me, and I fit 45mm WTB Riddler tires on with plenty of room to spare. There was one time in 100 miles of sticky mud where the tires picked up enough mud to scrape the chainstays, but that would've happened on a wider frame, too. Nice to see the 62cm in the lineup. This is not just a fantastic gravel bike, but a great all aound bike. Can easily change tires and be right at home on the road (I've done that too). Carbon fork does a great job absorbing chatter, and the whole thing rides really steady and sure footed, even with the high bottom bracket. Very happy with this purchase.
Ride it anywhere!
Ride it anywhere!
April 30, 2017
6 months ago
East Coast
Can't go wrong for $1000
I bought this bike solely for a budget long distance climbing bike. My race bike would cost too much to switch all the gearing out and my tour bike is too heavy.

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.
May 4, 2017
When does a road bike feel like an XC bike?
Loads of fun. This year has been wet & muddy, and this bike seems made for it. I feel really planted on this guy, with a "between the wheels" feeling I've only had before on custom bikes. The tapered fork tracks nice. I also like the understated colorway, and it bears mentioning the photos on the internet don't seem to do this model RLT justice. Lots of cool little touches; the Niner bolts and geegaws are the cherry on top. Nice build by Jenson too.
Mr dog approves.
Mr dog approves.
April 24, 2017
6 months ago
Lake Almanor California
Fantastic Bike!
An absolutely beautiful bike...especially if you're a Niner fan already. This bike is worth so much more than even MSRP. I was nervous about the Tiagra group but it works just as well as my Durace. The only con is the brakes. I ordered dual pull Hydros. This bike ran large for me.
May 14, 2017
Really Nice Bike!!!!
I bought this bike on May 9th it was delivered about one and a half weeks later. My initial impression upon receiving this bike was and still is really good. I'll talk about the bad and then the good.

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.
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June 18, 2017
Absolutely love this bike
This would be my second ever bike. It's a lot more advanced than my previous 'hybrid' 21-speed flat bar bike from the frame to the components to its geometry. I just loved the way this bike looked the moment I saw it while I was researching gravel bikes. I was torn between this and two others. Finally when I saw the amazing price here on Jenson I began to consider it more and more. I definitely don't regret going for this bike. It feels solid and I feel like I can go anywhere with it -- road, trails, off road, etc. Aside from that, I don't mind the turning heads as I ride by on by :)
I love this bike!
I love this bike!
June 13, 2017
5 months ago
Southeast MI
The best bike 1000 dollars can buy.
This is my 4th bike, the first 3 (Merida Matts, Kona Caldera, Rocky Mountain trailhead 29) have been mountain bikes riding in my country Colombia and Canada where I lived 4 years, I didn't ride again from nov 2012, now as I'm getting old lol, don't have friends who ride to go to the mountains with and not many trails in my neighborhood, living in New York city now, I started to think about going on something more relaxing, a road bike but definitely my heart keeps loving MTBiking, thank God gravel grinders exist now and found this bike, researched a lot and for this price is impossible finding something not even close to the quality and level as NINER is. Is overall the best feeling I've found on a bike, really responsive and the groupset it has is very smooth and accurate, I can feel the power I put on the pedals transmitted 100% to the tires, stable and for climbing is excellent and I can go on single trails as I use to do it with my former hardtails, of course it has its limitations because of lacking of suspension but for the level of trails that I was looking for is perfect. I'm planning on going on a long trip on road/gravel and I'm pretty sure is gonna be just fun because the relaxing position I can have on this bike. As always JENSONUSA made it perfect, thanks.
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July 23, 2017
Great rig
This bike is super solid. Racy geometry while still being slack enough to take some hits. Nice cockpit and solid groupset. Seat is a little stiff and might do well with a carbon or flex seatpost but otherwise everything is awesome.
May 31, 2017
5 months ago
Road bike for the mountain biker...
I purchased the RLT to ride more long distance road miles in an effort to improve my conditioning for MTBing and to ride with my roadie friends who haven't yet come over to the dark side.

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.
June 5, 2017
New York

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Do the tires come tubeless ready?
Billy S on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These are wire bead tires, which means they are NOT tubeless ready. You will need to purchase tubeless ready wheels and tires if you wish to run tubeless on this bike.

what's the crank arm size and handlebar width for your size 47cm frame?
chris on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 47cm comes with a 40cm bar and a 170mm crankset.
Does the rlt9 have rack capabilities?
jim l on Feb 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes! The RLT 9 has front and rear fender/rack mounts.
Does it come with bottle cages?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't, but it's super easy to install them. There is a spot for bottle cages on the seat tube and the down tube ( no need for screws since they're already on the frame ).
what are the widest tires you can fit? I know it fits 29er's 1.75? but how about 700cc? Thx
JC on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have a 40 mm tires on mine right now, perfect for gravel and I run 38 when I'm road biking, totally awesome bike, I ride mine all the time.
Hello I'm 5'8" which size it's better for me? Thanks
A shopper on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would say probably a 53. I am 5'6 and am on the 50 as it was on the line for but recommended I go down vs up.
With the wheelset included, is the cassette capable of being switched to an 11sp?
STEPHEN R on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not 11 speed road. I wanted to do the same thing.
If the tires aren't Tubeless ready, Are the wheels Tubeless ready?
sergio on May 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, neither the wheels nor the tires are a tubeless-ready spec.
What is the stem length on the 56cm frame?
Sean M on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On the 56cm, it is a 100mm length stem.
I'm 5'7" and would like to use to for cross. Would a 50cm be too small? Thanks!
Dave S on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm 5'9" and the the 53 cm fits me. The Niner website has all the dimensions. Compare it to your current bikes.
If I wanted this to pull some road duty, can this wheelset do a 25 or 28? I didn't see a rim width.
Raymundo on Jul 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm running 28 mm Schwalbe Marathons. 25 mm tires should fit fine.
Does this bike come in 58 or 59c size? What kind of pedals does it come with?
A shopper on May 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a 59cm available at this time. The bike is sold without pedals, so you will need to supply your own.
What is the crank length for the 59cm? Does this bike tend to fit larger or smaller than other brands like Specialized?
Sasdfg on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 59cm comes with 175mm cranks. This bike fits a tiny bit larger than its stated size in my experience. I normally ride 54 or 55cm road bikes but the 53cm was my fit. Always refer to the geometry chart for a true comparison.
What is the crank arm length for the 56cm?
Juswalk on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 172.5mm
I am 5' 4" would a 50cm fit?
Eric H on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You should probably be fine, but you'll want to double check your standover figures, as the 50cm has a 30.1" standover height. If your inseam isn't long enough to comfortably stand over the frame, it'll be a bit too big for you.
Hi, my height is 5 foot 10, what size frame should I be getting ?
joe k on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am the same height. I recommend a 53 or a 56 depending on how aggressive you like your bike fit to be. 53 will be racier, lower with more standover. 56 will be taller and longer with a higher bar position.
what is the crank length on the 62cm frame?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2017
Is there still a 59cm available?
Dominic D on Jul 29, 2017
Hi all, wondering if the Surly Knards would fit in this frame, and on the stock wheels that come on this bike? I know the wheels aren't tubeless ready, but you can run the Surly Knards with tubes right?
ZachL on Jul 16, 2017
would this bike fit the 700c Surly Knard with a 41c width? on the stock rims?
ZachL on Jul 15, 2017

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