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Niner RLT 9 3-Star Rival Hydro Complete Bike - 2016

$2,500.00

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  • Dirty White/Orange, 47cm ($2,500.00)
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A bike of all trades.

The 2016 Niner RLT 9 3-Star Rival Hydro Complete Bike makes choosing a bike for a week of adventuring just plain easier. Boasting what Niner dubs "fire road geometry," the RLT is a little bit slacker, longer, and has a lower bottom bracket than its cyclocross race-bred sibling, the BSB 9, for increased stability and comfort no matter the terrain. While it's still agile enough to throw down on a 'cross course, it's just as happy to explore epic singletrack, gravel roads, and almost any other place you take it. The 3-star build comes kitted out with SRAM's smooth-shifting Rival drivetrain, powerful hydraulic brakes, and Schwalbe wrapped Niner CX Alloy hoops.

If you’re looking at the RLT and getting déjà vu, don’t worry, it may be because the tube set 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. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which only add to your setup options, and 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 combination of the smaller diameter and Niner's vibration dampening carbon seatpost means that you won’t be getting beat up as much as you’d expect, especially on washboard roads.

  • A gravel bike that loves taking the other road
  • Longer, more stable geometry than the 'cross-specific BSB
  • Carbon fork built for fire road abuse
  • Rack and fender mounts for bikepacking
  • Built with SRAM's workhorse Rival group

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Fork:
Niner Full Carbon Fork
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Headset:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in Cane Creek IS42/IS52
Shifters:
SRAM HRD Rival
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Rival Yaw with chain spotter
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Rival (11-speed)
Crankset:
46 / 36 t SRAM Rival Yaw
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM PF30
Cassette:
11 - 32 t SRAM PG-1170
Chain:
SRAM PC-1130
Brakeset:
SRAM HRD Rival
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
[front] 160 mm, [rear] 140 mm
Handlebar:
Niner Drop Top alloy
Bar Tape:
Niner bar tape
Stem:
Niner Alloy
Saddle:
Niner Custom with Cr-Mo Rails
Seatpost:
Niner Carbon, 400mm
Wheelset:
Niner CX Alloy
Front Axle:
15 mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
142 x 12mm thru-axle
Tires:
Schwalbe G-one Performance, folding
Tire Size:
700 c x 35 mm
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
gravel, cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Dirty White/Orange, 53cm: 9360g

sizing chart

RLT 9 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Niner

Geometry Chart

 

RLT 9
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
47c 47cm 51cm 53.2cm 36.3cm 74cm 10.5cm 70° 74.5° 7cm 43.5cm 100.8cm
50cm 50cm 52.5cm 55.3cm 36.7cm 76.4cm 12.5cm 70.5° 74° 7cm 43.5cm 101.5cm
53cm 53cm 54.5cm 57.4cm 37.5cm 78.8cm 14.5cm 71° 73.5° 7cm 43.5cm 102.5cm
56cm 56cm 56.5cm 58.9cm 38.5cm 81.5cm 16.5cm 71.5° 73° 6.5cm 43.5cm 103.8cm
59cm 59cm 58.5cm 61cm 39.8cm 84.2cm 18.5cm 72° 73° 6.5cm 43.5cm 105.3cm
62cm 62cm 60.5cm 63.1cm 40.6cm 86.7cm 20.5cm 72.5° 72.5° 6.5cm 43.5cm 106.2cm

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Great bike, super snappy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got the bike about a week ago, so consider this an initial review/impression (<100miles). I'm coming off a road bike (trek 5000), so the geometry here is a bit more upright and comfy. Power transfer to the pedals is phenomenal, it's very snappy. Bike feels extremely solid under me, at least relative to my old bike. I haven't really taken it off-road much yet, just a few dirt paths, and it feels pretty good going over some rough stuff.
Having been a Shimano person forever, I was a little curious as to how I'd transition to the SRAM drivetrain, but it was barely even a transition. Within 10mins I was a pro. Rival group is great so far, quick, solid shifts. Brakes are getting broken in, but have a great feel to them. Have to give a shout out to the tech at CC who built the bike up; did a great job, everything feels great and well dialed in.
I did immediately change the saddle out to a Brooks Cambium carved, but that's just a personal pref, not a knock on the Niner saddle per se.
I'll update this review in a couple months once I've got more miles on it.