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Niner RLT 9 RDO Ultegra R8020 Complete Bike - 2018

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Description

Ultimate gravel race bike.

Disenchanted road cyclists are seemingly flocking to gravel events en masse, seeing the immense challenge of grinding it out across long stretches of unpaved roads, the welcoming vibe of these events, plus the breathtaking scenery experienced along the way. This shift to gravel riding and racing has introduced a demand for high-end, carbon fiber machines that can handle the abuse of long-range format and gravel events. For those of us seeking to push ourselves off the beaten path, Niner's RLT 9 RDO Ultegra R8020 Complete Bike is the ultimate gravel racing machine that blends lightweight carbon construction, endurance geometry, and responsive handling that'll have you swiftly riding over a mixture of bumpy back roads, jarring gravel, and light-duty singletrack.

As expected from an RLT, this bike is a bit slacker, longer, and lower than its cyclocross cousin, Niner's BSB 9, but also sees a few tweaks compared to its aluminum and steel RLT siblings that boost its snappy profile. Shorter stays tighten up the rear triangle and work in tandem with a lower bottom bracket for a confidently responsive ride experience. This combination lends the RLT 9 more stability and comfort over rough roads while still maintaining the agility to rocket out of turns and carve loose, sketchy descents. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which offer a versatile array of setup options, and the replaceable hanger means that even if a catastrophic derailleur-related incident ends your ride, your RLT will live to roll another day.

Niner uses its Race Day Optimized (RDO) Carbon Compaction System to mold this RLT's frame, fine tuning the placement of carbon and eliminating any material that doesn't contribute to the frame's structural soundness and ride quality. This makes the RDO carbon frame both lightweight and highly efficient, but without compromising structural integrity and stiffness demanded for gravel racing and adventure pursuits. To further enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27.2mm seatpost, which adds an element of give to absorb bumps and chatter so you won’t be getting beat up as much as you’d expect, especially on washboard roads.

This particular build uses a mixture of in-house parts that make it astonishingly capable, lightweight enough for its intended racing purpose, and reliable enough to grind it out over miles of rugged gravel and bumpy back roads. The Ultegra R8020 2x11 drivetrain provides a wide range of usable gears and precise shifting, so you can push across expansive stretches of terrain with thousands of feet of elevation change. Ultegra ST-R8020 STI Disc Brakes outfitted with 160-millimeter Ice Tech rotors disperse built-up heat when you're descending over thousands of feet. This means you'll be able to stop powerfully and reliably in a myriad of conditions, ranging from hot, dry, and dusty to soaking-wet and muddy.  Another stand-out part of this build is the Zipp Contour SL Carbon Short Bar, which balances a shorter overall reach in the drops with just enough vibration absorption to reduce fatigue over bumpy terrain.

  • Niner's ultimate machine for gravel and long-range races
  • RDO carbon frame for stiffness, strength, and efficiency
  • Endurance geometry for comfort over rough roads and gravel
  • Niner Carbon Fork tuned for smoother feel over jarring roads
  • Zipp Contour SL Carbon Short Bar absorbs fatiguing vibration
  • Shimano Ultegra R8020 2 x 11 drivetrain offers wide gear range
  • Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 STI Disc Brakes for powerful stopping
  • Rack mounts at rear and mid-fork for bikepacking versatility

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
RDO carbon
Fork:
Niner RDO with rack mounts
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 STI
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra FD-R8000
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra RD-R8000
Crankset:
Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
Chainring Sizes:
50/34t
Crank Arm Length:
172.5 mm
Bottom Bracket:
Wheels Mfg PF30 to Shimano Bottom Bracket with ABEC-3 bearings
Bottom Bracket Type:
PF30
Cassette:
Shimano Ultegra CS-R8000
Cassette Range:
11 - 30t
Chain:
Shimano XT/Ultegra CN-HG701 11-speed
Brakeset:
Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 STI Disc Brakes
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Shimano Ultegra SM-RT800 with Ice-Tech, 160mm
Handlebar:
Easton EC70 SL matte carbon
Handlebar Width:
42 cm
Bar Tape:
PRO Classic Bar
Stem:
Easton EC90 SL
Stem Length:
100 mm
Saddle:
Fi'zi:k Aliante R7
Wheelset:
Easton EA70 SL Disc
Front Axle:
15 x 100 mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142 mm thru-axle
Tires:
Vittoria Terreno Dry G Plus
Tire Size:
700 c x 33 mm
Recommended Use:
gravel
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

Geometry Chart

Niner

RLT 9 RDO
 

Seat Tube
(c-c)

Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

Stack

Reach

Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop

Chainstay

Wheelbase
47cm 43cm   51cm 53.5cm 36.2cm 69.3cm 10.5cm 70o 74.5o   7.5cm 43cm 100cm
50cm 46cm   52.5cm 55.6cm 36.6cm 73.1cm 12.5cm 70.5o 74o   7.5cm 43cm 100.7cm
53cm 49cm   54.5cm 57.7cm 37.4cm 75.4cm 14.5cm 71o 73.5o   7.5cm 43cm 101.7cm
56cm 52cm   56.5cm 59.2cm 38.4cm 78cm 16.5cm 71.5o 73o   7cm 43cm 103cm
59cm 55cm   58.5cm 61.3cm 39.8cm 80.4cm 18.5cm 72o 73o   7cm 43cm 104.5cm
62cm 58cm   60.5cm 63.4cm 40.5cm 82.7cm 20.5cm 72.5o 72.5o   7cm 43cm 105.4cm

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This was a fantastic gravel and adventure bike for me. I do the majority of my riding on a combination of bumpy back roads and gravel and this bike handled bumpy terrain with incredible ease. I love the build we did on this with the Easton cockpit and wheels. They combine great durability with a very lightweight set up. The Ultegra groupset is a proven group that shifts flawlessly.

If you are looking for a lightweight adventure bike that has a race pedigree I would take a look at this bike.