A SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF A BIKE. CAPABLE OF TAKING YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, PLACES YOU DIDN'T THINK YOU WANTED TO GO, AND PERHAPS TO THOSE PLACES YOU THOUGHT YOU WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO GO.
The Niner RLT 9 RDO has been a few years in the making, but has finally arrived and is ripe for gravel grinding fame and fortune. It's a bike at home under the performance-minded gravel grinding competitor or the discriminating mountain biker looking to get out and pedal when the local trails are closed. The new RLT 9 RDO offers comfort, performance and playfulness.
Built using Niner's carbon compaction process, the RLT 9 RDO keeps the ride compliant where it counts and stiff when the racing action is serious. At under 1100 grams, this frame can be built up as a super light race bike for rides such as the Dirty Kanza or as a long haul tour bike with the capacity to load it with racks, bags and gear for a ride into the great unknown.
Niner offers the same attention to detail and design found in the carbon versions of the AIR 9 RDO on the new RLT in order to withstand the arduous rigors of third-party, industry standard mountain bike stress testing. The frame features thru axles, front and back, an RDO gravel fork with mid-mounts as well as flat mount disk brakes. It also accepts tires up to 40 mm offering the rider a range of options and the ability to adapt the RLT to various riding conditions.
I really like the performance of this RDO. HOWEVER, and it's big. I am now on my 3 frame set. 2 from JensonUSA and the 3rd by Niner themselves. Paint is coming off in chunks when torquing down rear axle and rack bolts. Quality control issue I would say. Jenson was quick to replace 1st. A lot of work trying to get a decent quality frame set that I want to pay $2300.
I absolutely love this frameset. I upgraded from the RLT 9 Steel to the RLT 9 RDO and in my opinion, it's a winner. Great for all day long road/gravel rides, handles great, and has just enough 'race' geometry to keep things snappy.
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