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Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset

Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset

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Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset

Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset

Steel Adventure Seeker

Some things are just timeless. Like red brick is to buildings, steel is to bicycles. You may have noticed that finely constructed steel frames, crafted and welded by the best builders continue to be highly sought after for their unblemished combination of form and function. So it only made sense for Niner to re-skeleton their aluminum RLT 9 with supple, trustworthy Reynolds 853 Steel in order to breed the perfect adventuring rig. The RLT 9 Steel is a no brainer for mounting up your panniers and a sweet rack, rounding up the gang and pedaling out for a weekend of building campfires, pitching tents, and traveling the road less traveled.

Like the aluminum RLT, the RLT Steel was intentionally built for the curious and spontaneous. Its starts with the 853 tubing which excels at absorbing and smoothening out road chatter, while maintaining a carbon-like stiffness and responsiveness. If you mainly stick to the pavement or 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 use a 29” wheelset thanks to the 142mm rear hub spacing. The slightly longer chainstays, slightly lower bottom bracket, and slacker head tube angle make this a real gravel grinder for the long haul.

To make this a bike you can truly ride on and off road all day, the RLT 9 Steel features a gravel-tuned, custom painted Niner Carbon fork to eat up all those road and “not-road” vibrations. Connecting the dots between classic frame design and modern technology, the RLT 9 Steel is augmented with thru-axle technology and a tapered steel headtube, greatly improving the overall ride quality.

The RLT 9 Steel features internal dropper post routing and uses a PF30 bottom bracket shell allowing you to run it geared or single speed with Niner’s BioCentric 30. Some of the clever, less-noticeable frame features include rear rack pannier braze-ons for when the adventure lasts longer than a few hours, and three sport-beer compatible water bottle mounts ensuring you have fuel in places that don't.

The RLT 9 Steel is exactly what you’d think of when hearing that Niner made a 700c, steel drop bar bike: beautiful, versatile and ready to seek.

Niner RLT 9 Steel Features :

  • Supple, Trustworthy Reynolds 853 Steel frame
  • Buttery-Smooth Custom Gravel-Tuned Niner Carbon Fork
  • All-Day Adventure Tuned Geometry
  • PF BB30 Can Go Single or Geared, Pick Your Pleasure
  • Forged frame details and internal dropper post routing
  • Three Bottle Cage Mounts, Sport-Beer Compatible

SPECIFICATIONS
Frame Niner RLT 9 Steel, Reynolds 853 steel
Wheel Size 700c
Fork Custom Gravel-Tuned Niner Carbon Fork, 15mm thru axle with rack mid mounts
Rear Shock N/A
Headset Included NO
Headtube Diameter 1 1/8" x 1.5" tapered zero stack head tube, 44mm upper, 56mm lower, Cane Creek description ZS44/28.6 ZS56/40
Front Derailleur Clamp (27.2mm seatpost)
Bottom Bracket 68mm PF30…
Seatpost 27.2mm, 400mm recommended
Seat Clamp 29.6
Dropout Style 12x142mm
Accessory Mounts 2 inner triangle water bottle mounts, 1 mount under downtube, front fender and rear rack mounts
Cable routing Internal (Di2 ready and seat post battery routing compatible)
Intended Use Gravel, Commuting, Adventure
Weight TBD

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.


GEOMETRY (mm / inch)
Size 47cm 50cm 53cm 56cm 59cm 62cm
A: Seat Tube Length 470 / 18.5 500 / 19.7 530 / 20.9 560 / 22 590 / 23.2 620 / 24.4
B: Effective Top Tube 510 / 20.1 525 / 20.7 545 / 21.5 565 / 22.2 585 / 23 605 / 23.8
C: Stack 537 / 21.1 553 / 21.8 574 / 22.6 575 / 22.6 610 / 24 631 / 24.8
D: Reach 361 / 14.2 367 / 14.4 375 / 14.8 389 / 15.3 398 / 15.7 406 / 16
E: BB Height TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
F: BB Drop/Rise 70 / 2.8 70 / 2.8 70 / 2.8 65 / 2.6 65 / 2.6 65 / 2.6
G: Head Tube Length 110 / 4.3 125 / 4.9 145 / 5.7 165 / 6.5 185 / 7.3 205 / 8.1
H: Head Tube Angle 70° 70.5° 71° 71.5° 72° 72.5°
I: Seat Tube Angle 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
J: Standover Height 749 / 29.5 770 / 30.3 795 / 31.3 819 / 32.2 849 / 33.4 873 / 34.4
K: Chainstay Length 435 / 17.1 435 / 17.1 435 / 17.1 435 / 17.1 435 / 17.1 435 / 17.1
L: Wheelbase 1008 / 39.7 1015 / 40 1025 / 40.4 1038 / 40.9 1053 / 41.5 1062 / 41.8

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Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

Better than I expected

By Graybike95

from Midwest

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset:

I bought a 56cm frameset to replace my Raleigh Willard 2. I was hoping for a bit tamer ride than the Willard's 6000-series aluminum offered. Did I ever!

The ride is definitely smooth. There is a very noticeable difference in how the Niner handles rough roads. There is a certain "muting" of the bumps. The geometry is a perfect blend of comfort and performance. This bike is on another level in terms of handling than my Willard was.

The frameset does come with a headset unlike what the description said. I purchased a separate Cane Creek headset when I placed my order and ended up not needing to. I went ahead and installed the CC anyway. It also comes with shifter barrel adjusters, a chain stay protector, a rear dropout for either geared or single-speed setups and even a nice looking shim for your front derailleur.

I purchased a Wheels Mfg bottom bracket to run my 24mm Shimano 105 crankset in the PF30 shell. This was the way to go for me. I needed new cable housing since it was routes differently than my Raleigh. I also had to install shims for my TRP disc brakes to fit the standard 160mm rotors. Past that, the only additional visit to the LBS was to cut down the carbon fiber steered tube (I didn't have a saw guide for my hacksaw).

This frame is incredible, Jenson's service was good and I am very happy with it. Buy one!

 
4.0

great bike

By marty j

from lapeer, mi

Verified Buyer

Comments about Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset:

very comfortable ride and handles well for a gravel do all bike ,touch on the portly side but light components and wheels should get it down to 20ish pounds ,don't care for the cable routing on the downtube from a cosmetic point , i wish a 55cm would have been a choice .

 
5.0

Most versatile bike on the market. Smooth riding, light

By Tim

from Ashburn, Va

Verified Buyer

Comments about Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset:

I needed a bike to do tours where long days and uncertain conditions prevail. I love the ride quality and quick acceleration of this bike. Flexible tire sizes let me take fire roads when paved roads are unsafe. I think you can get to just about anywhere on this bike

 
5.0

Great frameset

By Andy

from Ohio

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset:

    Excellent frameset...built it up with an Ultegra groupset and TRP Hy/Rd brakes. It rides super smooth and has become my go-to bike for long rides on gravel or pavement. My other bikes are carbon, and I can say that this is the most comfortable of all of them.

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    • Q:

      Does Niner apply framesaver or another rust prevention product to the inside of the frame?
      Asked on 10/25/2016 by Rusty

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    • Q:

      Does this frame come with a rear rack mount option?
      Asked on 10/15/2016 by Tekster from Foster city, ca

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        A:

        It has a mount on the bottom of each seat stay for rack legs and a single central mounting point on the bridge at the top.

        Answered on 10/16/2016 by Anonymous
    • Q:

      Is this the 2016 model w/ 15mm thru axle on front fork? Specs say so but picture does not...
      Asked on 7/16/2016 by Michael from North Potomac, MD

      2 answers

      • A:

        Yes 15mm fork. Comes with both thru axles, all hardware, headset, seat collar,gear and single speed der hanger, even headset spacers. You just need to purchase bottom bracket to suit your crankset.

        Answered on 10/10/2016 by xmasday from CA
      • A:

        Niners new gravel fork they are implying it has is a thru axle so I would assume so.

        Answered on 9/30/2016 by Isaac from San Jose, CA
    • Q:

      What is this frame's weight versus the aluminium version?
      Asked on 5/24/2016 by Seth from Illinois

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