Urban Velo

Niner RLT 9


Gravel and mixed surface road racing is great fun, and the quick rise in popularity of this sort of riding has brought forth a number of versatile, performance bikes. No longer are road designs completely dominated by the needs of racers, there is a proliferation of bikes for the way the rest of us ride. The Niner RLT 9 is the mountain bike brand’s first foray into not-mountain-twentyniners, and an impressive looking bike for the serious all-around rider. The hydroformed aluminum frame and full carbon fork features “fire road” geometry — slightly longer chainstays, a slacker headtube angle, and a lower bottom bracket than road road bikes. The bike has clearance for up to 1.9″ wide 29″ tires without fenders, or meaty 700c tires with fenders. While the frame and fork do have fender mounts, they also feature the latest in tech with a tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket shell and internal routing compatible with traditional cables and Di2 electronic systems. A great real world bike that can get you to work one day, get dirty on some light singletrack the next and tackle a dirt road century on the weekend. The frameset retails for $1049, with complete bikes starting at $1999. Check the full geometry and spec at www.ninerbikes.com


  1. RossApril 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    “cable ends
    damn it”

  2. EricMay 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Really questionable setup on this bike. I hope this didn’t come from Niner.

  3. Fenderless FredDecember 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What fenders does this bike have?

  4. SteveJanuary 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Looks like one of the Portland Design Works fenders. https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/fenders/

  5. Keith HydeJuly 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Disservice to Niner for showing off someone’s personal and questionable/creative build to highlight a Niner bike. The article should be written to discuss the personal choices made in this setup instead of being a sales pitch for the manufacturer.

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