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NinerRLT 9
RDO Ultegra R8020 Complete Bike - 2018
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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 SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
RDO carbon
Niner RDO with rack mounts
Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 STI
Front Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra FD-R8000
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra RD-R8000
Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
172.5 mm
Bottom Bracket
Wheels Mfg PF30 to Shimano Bottom Bracket with ABEC-3 bearings
Bottom Bracket Type
Shimano Ultegra CS-R8000
Cassette Range
11 - 30t
Shimano XT/Ultegra CN-HG701 11-speed
Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 STI Disc Brakes
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Shimano Ultegra SM-RT800 with Ice-Tech, 160mm
Easton EC70 SL matte carbon
Handlebar Width
42 cm
Bar Tape
PRO Classic Bar
Easton EC90 SL
Stem Length
100 mm
Fi'zi:k Aliante R7
Easton EA70 SL Disc
Front Axle
15 x 100 mm thru-axle
Rear Axle
12 x 142 mm thru-axle
Vittoria Terreno Dry G Plus
Tire Size
700 c x 33 mm
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years
a Seat Tube(c-c)
b Seat Tube(c-t)
c Effective Top Tube
d Stack
e Reach
f Stand Over
g Head Tube
h Head Tube Angle
i Seat Tube Angle
j Bottom Bracket Height
k Bottom Bracket Drop
l Chainstay
m Wheelbase
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Versatile every mile!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this bike out for a weekend of gravel/road riding to see what it could do, and I was really impressed. The RLT 9 RDO felt like a bike I could ride all day.

Even on the first ride, it felt like my own bike so it didn't take much to get used to it. I wasn’t shifting around my saddle, looking for a comfortable riding position or needing to adjust my cockpit much for proper fitting. Once I took it on some dirt I felt even more comfortable, this bike climbs really well! Descending on the curvy mountain roads here in Utah, it felt super stable, but zippy. Overall, fast and solid are two words that really come to mind when summarizing the ride characteristics of this bike.

If you have any further questions about this bike or anything else here at Competitive, please feel free to reach out to me directly!

Light and Fast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike can do it all! I took it on multi surface rides and it performed great in every environment. It is incredibly responsive and climbs like a champ. I haven't gotten the opportunity to take it on a long ride so I am not sure about comfort over long distances but besides that I love every aspect of this bike.

Light and Fast
Avg. ride time: 2h 11m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having never delved into the gravel segment before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Is it XC with drop bars and no suspension, what road biking would be if it was fun, or something new entirely? I'm still not sure, but what I do know is I had a blast riding the RLT.

With the right tires, you can push the pace on your weekly group ride and yet hop off on a crunchy detour and not miss a beat. R8000 Ultegra continues to impress me, but if I had the build for myself I'd opt for the RX Series of clutched rear derailleurs and max out on an 11-34 cassette. Dare I say this is one of those mysterious one-size-fits-all bikes? I'll leave that to you. Whatever you decide, I know you'll have fun.


Update: The RLT was my choice for a 300+ mile bike tour across Northern Utah & Colorado. As the name suggested, I took the roads less traveled and had a blast. The bike took all I could throw at it and still handled itself perfectly. Even at its heaviest, I found it comfortable and responsive. See above photo for a bike-packing configuration.

All Around Adventure Bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

I am interested in the 53 cm version in gray and red you are selling. I do wish it came with 170 mm cranks and 38 or 40 cm bars. Can it be configured that way? If so I'll consider buying it.