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Niner RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Complete Bike

Niner RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Complete Bike
$3,800.00

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Description

Unlimited adventures ahead.

Carbon frames have their place in aggressive race venues and the quest for marginal gains, but when we're out in the wilderness in search of serene scenery and gravel-filled adventure, no frame material fits the bill quite like the springy responsiveness and durability of steel. And perhaps no bike embodies the Road Less Traveled ethos more thoroughly than Niner's RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike, which has Reynolds 853 steel tubing, a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, and just the right balance of carbon accessories to soften the bumps without overshadowing that prized steel ride. It lives to escape the concrete jungle for the dirt-strewn wilds of coastal mountain ranges, never ending seas of prairie, and country B-roads that may never see the attention of a grader.

The frame's geometry blends the numbers from Niner's mountain frames and that of its barrier hopping, mud bogging 'cross-specific BSB frameset. For better performance outside the tape, the RLT 9 features longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a slacker head tube angle. This provides a lower center of gravity that yields more confident cornering and improved stability, both of which you can never have too much of while bombing down rut strewed, chunky gravel descents at speed. The longer wheelbase also affords improved tire clearance that lets you run rubber up to 1.75in (just over 44mm). In our own test rides of the geometry, we found that it eats up washboard and is nimble enough for mellow singletrack, so, if you're keen on making the RLT a durable singletrack speedster with zero suspension, then throw on some knobby tires and get to it. This bike's only limit is your imagination.

When it comes to going future-proof, Niner gets it, and is one of few brands that still constructs frames from steel. The ride is simply superb but the RLT 9 4-Star build does choose some carbon components to drop some weight without detracting from that magic carpet ride. The Carbon RDO fork and 27.2mm carbon seatpost help soak up the hits and smooth out road vibrations. Don't get confused thinking it's a lightweight spindly road fork as it has disc flat mounts, a MTB approved 15mm thru-axle anchoring the hub in the dropouts, and rack mounts that are happy to carry their fair share of packing duties on trips and commutes. Niner has constructed rigid carbon trail forks for years so we're not worried in the least about durability.

Shimano somehow manages to exceed our expectations every time it upgrades a group and the new Ultegra R8000 is no exception. It simply executes shifts and brakes so well, we often forget that this isn't its top-tier group. We're assuming you aren't chasing grams since you are considering this steel frame, so we probably don't have to tell you that materials that drop weight are the main difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace. The Easton EA50 AX is an excellent handlebar choice as its heavily flared drops add stability while going fast over the rough at speed. Stans Grail wheels are always up for the challenge providing flawless tubeless setup and performance and the 20.3mm internal width plumps up gravel tires perfectly.

  • An adventure bike built for gravel and backroad touring
  • Geometry designed to ramp up comfort for long miles
  • Reynolds 853 balances weight, responsiveness, and durability
  • Stans Grail wheels roll fast and smooth with tubeless dependability
  • Hydraulic disc brakes deliver powerful stopping and modulation
  • Carbon fiber fork and seatpost absorb road vibrations
  • Ultegra shifting is telepathic and consistent

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Reynolds 853 steel
Fork:
Niner RDO carbon
Fork Material:
RDO carbon fiber
Headset:
Niner ZS44/ZS56
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra R8020
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra R8000
Crankset:
50/34t Shimano Ultegra R8000
Bottom Bracket:
Wheels MFG PF30 to 24mm
Cassette:
11 - 34t Shimano Ultegra HG800, 11 speed
Chain:
Shimano HG701
Brakeset:
Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydraulic
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
Shimano RT800 140mm centerlock
Handlebar:
Easton EA50AX
Bar Tape:
Niner
Stem:
Niner alloy
Saddle:
Niner custom, Cr-Mo rails
Seatpost:
Niner carbon, 400mm
Wheelset:
Stan's Grail
Hubs:
Neo hub, centerlock
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
Tires:
Schwalbe G-One EVO, SS, Folding
Tire Size:
700 x 38cc
Recommended Use:
gravel
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry Chart

Niner

Geometry Chart

 

RLT 9 RDO
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

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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