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Niner RLT 9 5-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018

Niner RLT 9 5-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018
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Not you're dad's alloy frame.

Niner's evolution of the gravel and all-road bike continues with the 2018 RLT 9 5-Star Ultegra Complete bike. This particular version takes its excellent alloy frame and specs Niner's highest end build helping you tackle that big gravel race you have on the calendar or a multi-day bikepacking trip you and your buddies keep talking about. The RLT 9's aluminum frame and carbon fork adhere to the Road Less Travelled ethos and if exploring gravel roads and getting far away from vehicles tickles your fancy, you've come to the right place. Lightweight, efficient, and durable, this bike is as eager to go reconnoitering as you are.

Starting with hydroformed aluminum tubing, this frame packs in a tremendous amount of performance at a wallet-friendly price that makes splurging for the 5-star build something to consider. Niner is able to draw walls thinner to save weight without compromising stiffness or impact resistance. Proprietary forged dropouts also shave weight and integrate with the low-profile flat mounts on the chainstay. Aluminum was once criticized as having a harsh ride but advances in materials and construction techniques dismay this myth and actually brings this material back into vogue as a high-performance, race-ready material. Niner has vast experience building mountain frames from alloy and the responsiveness, quick handling, and durability shine on this frame too. A 27.2mm carbon seatpost filters vibration over rough roads reducing fatigue that can accumulate after hours of riding over rougher terrain.

This frame gets the longer, lower, and slacker treatment getting lengthier chainstays, a bottom bracket that sits lower relative to the dropouts, and a kicked back head tube angle. This provides a lower center of gravity and a slightly stretched out wheelbase for stability. Tire clearance is healthy letting you clear 44mm rubber with ease adding cush to the ride. The bike has no issues conquering high-speed washboard descents and climbing up the next one, ready to do it all over again.

Niner constructs RLT frames in 3 different materials but all feature RDO carbon forks. Building it out of carbon simply helps drop heaps of weight and soaks up chatter. A beefy 15mm thru-axle anchors the front hub over rough roads and says goodbye to any rotor rub. Rack mounts easily let you carry loads while bikepacking or commuting getting it off your back on on the bike. This fork shares similar DNA and safety test standards with its legendary MTB version so we can attest to its durability. As a bonus, the frame is compatible with stealth-routed dropper seatpost if you are really stepping up your gravel gnar level.

The 5-Star build rolls on Niner CX Carbon rims and DT Swiss 350 hubs. The rims are lightweight and stiff and encourage a swift ride while being completely tubeless compatible. DT hubs rank high in our books for its durability and reliable engagement. The latest Shimano Ultegra redefines the workhorse drop bar group and the hydraulic braking is so powerful and offers tons of modulation that we wish you luck in ever getting us to go back on rim brakes.

  • A light race bike for epic days and high speeds
  • Endurance geometry is stable and comfortable
  • Aluminum construction balances stiffness and weight
  • Thru-axles improve rigidity for a snappy ride
  • New Ultegra drivetrain is consistent and reliable
  • Carbon rims lend a snappy and responsive ride
  • Rack mounts on stays and fork for bikepacking adventures

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Niner carbon
Fork Material:
RDO carbon
Niner IS42/IS52
Shimano Ultegra R8020
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra R8000 GS
50 / 34t Shimano Ultegra R8000
Bottom Bracket:
Wheels Mfg PF30>24mm
11 - 34t Shimano Ultegra HG800
Shimano HG 701
Shimano Ultegra R8070
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
[front] 140mm, [rear] 140mm Shimano RT800 centerlock
Easton EA50 AX
Bar Tape:
Niner RDO carbon
Niner custom, crn-ti rails
Niner carbon
Seat Collar:
[rims] Niner CX carbon
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15mm Thru-Axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm
[front] Schwalbe G-One EVO SS [rear] Schwalbe G-One EVO SS
Tire Size:
[front] 700c x 38mm, [rear] 700c x 38mm
not included
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry Chart


Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


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Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




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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