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Niner RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017

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Item # NNR0063

The real deal.

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 is a compromise between Niner's mountain frames and the aggressive disposition of the 'cross-specific BSB frameset. Compared to the latter, the RLT 9 features longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a more relaxed head tube angle. This translates into a lower center of gravity that still affords clearance over obstacles and while cornering, a wider wheelbase for stability, and tire clearance that lets you plush-out to the tune of 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 you.

Despite Niner's love of steel, the RLT 9 Steel does make a reasonable concession to carbon by including snappy CX Carbon wheels, carbon cockpit components, and a Carbon RDO fork to further soak up and smooth out road vibrations. The fork is no delicate road race specimen, though—as evidenced by its 15mm thru-axle anchor—and the inclusion of rack mounts means it also doesn't shy away from carrying its own weight. Niner claims its rigid trail forks are the best in the world; after testing this claim across varied terrain on both the RLT 9 and its stablemate, the BSB, we're not prepared to second guess that claim.

  • The ultimate adventure machine for gravel and touring
  • Endurance geometry is purpose built for long miles
  • Reynolds 853 balances weight, responsiveness, and durability
  • Stiff, responsive, carbon fiber wheels roll fast and smooth
  • Hydraulic disc brakes deliver powerful stopping and modulation
  • Three bottle cage mounts carry extra hydration
  • Carbon fiber cockpit components absorb road vibrations
  • Niner goes gravel and Shimano's venerable Ultegra drivetrain goes disc

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Reynolds 853 steel
Fork:
Niner Full Carbon RDO
Fork Material:
RDO carbon fiber
Headset:
Cane Creek ZS44/ZS56
Shifters:
Shimano R685 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra GS
Crankset:
46/36t Shimano Ultegra
Bottom Bracket:
Wheels MFG PF30>24mm
Cassette:
11-32t Shimano Ultegra
Chain:
Shimano GH 701 11-speed
Brakeset:
Shimano R685
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
[front] 160mm centerlock, [rear] 140mm centerlock
Handlebar:
Niner Drop Top Alloy
Bar Tape:
Niner
Stem:
Niner Alloy
Saddle:
Niner Custom w/ Cr-Mo rails
Seatpost:
Niner Carbon 27.2 x 400mm
Seat Collar:
29.6mm
Wheelset:
Niner CX Carbon
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Tires:
Schwalbe G-One EVO SS, folding
Tire Size:
700c x 35mm
Recommended Use:
gravel, cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame

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
47cm 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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Are these rims tubeless compatible?

Hey Michael - The Niner CX Carbon Rims have Stan’s BST rim profile for an easy tubeless set-up. I can have our Bike Shop set the rims up tubeless before shipping. Feel free to contact me directly and I will get you set-up with your next bike. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337