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Niner RLT 2-Star Complete Bike - 2014 $0.00
The Niner RLT 2-Star Complete Road Bike could be described by any number of niche categories, but we prefer to simply call it a workhorse. It’s not a race bike, although with a powerful motor it wouldn’t stop you from putting up solid results in a road race if you pinned on a number. It’s not really a ‘cross bike, but it’ll do fast laps around a grass track without complaint. In many ways, it’s the road bike that a number of us have been waiting for all along — namely a bike for any road, any time, any way you like.
If you’re looking at the RLT and getting déjà vu, don’t worry, it may be because the tubeset borrows heavily from the one used on Niner’s aluminum AIR 9 frame. The tapered head tube accommodates a matching tapered fork, which is unsurprisingly similar to Niner’s beloved RDO mountain fork. Forged 135x9mm dropouts provide a solid mount for the rear wheel, with a post-style brake mount that accommodates a 140mm rotor, or a 160mm option with an adapter. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which only add to your setup options. The burly replaceable hanger means that even if a catastrophic derailleur-related incident ends your ride, your RLT will live to roll another day.
The hydroformed tubes are designed to neutralize chatter, helping the RLT to maintain a smooth ride. Additionally, it makes the frame much stronger than it would be had round tubes been employed. And to enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27.2mm diameter seat tube. The smaller diameter makes for a more forgiving post, which means that you won’t be getting beat up as much as you’d expect, especially on washboard roads.
The 2-Star build consists primarily of a Shimano build kit, with the 105 groupset supplying the shifters and rear derailleur, while the cassette and front derailleur are Tiagra level. The exception is the SRAM S350 crankset, with a 36/46T spread. Niner supplies the tapered carbon fiber fork, wheelset, handlebar, stem, and aluminum seatpost, which is crowned with a WTB Volt saddle. And Schwalbe supplies the tires, with the Sammy Slick 700x35 keeping you rolling. Naturally, there’s room for bigger tires should your riding warrant it, and it’ll also accommodate smaller, faster-rolling rubber if you prefer.
The Niner RLT 9 2-Star Complete Road Bike is available in six sizes, from 47cm to 62cm, and in the colors Industry Grey and Mint.
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Hey, can you guys get this (or the 4-star...
Hey, can you guys get this (or the 4-star model) in black/red?
If Niner has it in stock we can get it for you.
Give me a call if you have any questions.
- Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
This is definitely a fun bike, I have about 50 miles on it from commuting to work to single track trail at the local park. It could use some better components here and
there for the price and I always enjoy a wider handlebar for better control and since it is not set up for cyclocross niner could add the width without any complaints. I had a Ridley previously and enjoyed riding it. I feel it was set up really well for cyclocross but not as enjoyable for random off trail and commuting. The RLT is great for everything I do , which only excludes actual cyclocross races. The biggest annoyance with the Ridley was the toe overlap with the front tire, the RLT does not have this problem, it rolls over every rocky patch and tree root I could find, over bumps and little jumps very comfortably. It has a great gear ratio for climbing and pulling kids in a trailer to picking up speed on the down side of the hill.
Overall a great bike and a good buy
Update review, drop 5 stars to 4 still a great bike, glad I have it. Don't like the brakes, tires and rims. . Should have better components for the price. I have put severl hundred miles on the bike as of now.
RLT 9 Bike Check
Does this come with Niner's new 2-star...
Does this come with Niner's new 2-star spec - which includes a 11sp 105 cassette?
Niner announced that new 11-speed 105 build about 2 weeks ago. They will likely continue to offer the current 10-speed build until sometime this Summer.
Can you comment on the weight?
Can you comment on the weight?
Hi Farooq. Sorry we don't have an actual weight on file for this bike. Claimed weight for a 53cm RLT 9 frame is 1,395g. Parts selection on this model skew more toward economy and durability than defiance of gravity. There is nothing here that will drag you backward down a long climb, though. Give me a call if you'd like to discuss this bike in detail, or place an order. 901-736-6396 x 4076