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Niner RLT gravel bike lineup completely repacks w/ new carbon, steel & alloy frames

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Over the years, Niner has expanded their RLT9 gravel bike line to include all three main frame materials: Alloy, steel and carbon fiber. Now, they’ve updated all three at once, offering a completely revamped RLT9 family with more mounting points, fresh frames, and new paint all around.  Oh, and clearance for 700×50 or 650Bx2.0 tires on all three.

“Niner was among the first to embrace the gravel bike scene,” said Chris Sugai, founder and president of Niner Bikes. “From ‘Day 1,’ our mission has been to make riding on dirt better, period. These new gravel bikes incorporate a level of versatility and comfort that will improve anyone’s experience on the Road Less Traveled.”

Here’s what’s shared on all three: More (26!!!) mounts for all manner of frame bags, fenders, cages and accessories; cable routing that’s ready for mechanical or electronic, 1x or 2x drivetrains; 27.2 stealth dropper post compatibility; and PFBB30 bottom brackets that’ll fit their Biocentric eccentric bottom bracket for singlespeed setups, too. They also get replaceable derailleur hangers, flat mount brakes, and thru axles all around.

All the bikes are available in build kits ranging from high end Shimano GRX 800 and SRAM Force AXS to more affordable options like Shimano GRX 400 and SRAM Rival. And all of them start shipping this month.

2020 Niner RLT9 RDO Carbon

2020 Niner RLT9 RDO carbon gravel road bike gets more accessory mounts and new cable routing

The flagship RLT9 RDO gets a lighter, stiffer and sleeker frame that’s also more compliant.  Meaning, it’s race-worthy, but also all-day ride comfortable, too. Look for custom frame bags to be available, too, with color-matched accents.

2020 Niner RLT9 RDO carbon gravel road bike gets more frame bag mounts and new cable routing

2020 niner rlt9 rdo carbon gravel bike geometry chart

Other RLT 9 RDO details include:

  • Race Day Optimized (RDO) carbon fiber frame and fork
  • Full Sleeve internal routing for all cables and brake lines
  • Revised geometry with longer wheelbase for better stability

2020 Niner RLT9 Steel

2020 Niner RLT9 steel gravel bike gets more frame bag and accessory mounts

If steel is real, this is the real deal. The same overload of mounts in a Reynolds 853 frame gives you a lively, classic ride.

2020 niner rlt9 steel gravel bike geometry chart

Other RLT9 steel features include:

  • Stamped and welded seatstay yoke for added tire and chainring clearance.
  • Easy to access external cable routing.

2020 Niner RLT9 steel gravel bike gets more frame bag and accessory mounts

Oh, and all of the bikes ship with their new RDO carbon fork, which has three accessory mounts mid-leg, plus a fender/rack mounting point on the bottom and inside legs…12 total mounting points if you count the upper fender mounts. They’re also compatible with front-hub dynamos, which get internal wire routing to keep everything clean and safe.

2020 Niner RLT9 Alloy

2020 Niner RLT alloy gravel bike gets more frame bag and accessory mounts

The alloy RLT9 has been their workhorse gravel bike, offering the right blend of race-ready stiffness without beating you up, light weight, and affordability. All that carries over, just in a more capable, hydroformed 6061 aluminum frame.

2020 niner rlt9 alloy gravel bike geometry chart

2020 Niner RLT alloy gravel bike gets more frame bag and accessory mounts

RLT9 alloy frame details include:

  • 6061 aluminum frame with RDO carbon fork
  • Forged seatstay yoke for tire and chainring clearance
  • Internal cable routing

Pricing varies by frame and build specification, check their website for all the options and colors.

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Seatback Pocket
Seatback Pocket
3 years ago

Looks like the Niner website wasn’t ready for this media release.

Involuntary Soul
Involuntary Soul
3 years ago

the current 425mm chainstay on my RLT RDO already makes the bike super sluggish on cornering, increase it to 430mm would totally kill the bike, should have followed OPEN UP, drop the chainstay and decrease it to 420mm

Dinger
Dinger
3 years ago

I doubt the 425mm chain stay is the (only) reason your bike doesn’t steer as fast as you’d like. Many CX race bikes have chain stays that length.

briannystrom
briannystrom
3 years ago
Reply to  Dinger

Depending on the frame size, the headtube angle can be as slack as 70 degrees, but they all use the same fork rake, so the smaller sizes end up with a lot of trail. That affects handling far more than chainstay length.

PJ
PJ
3 years ago

On the 2020 3 star, Why do they mixmatch sram/Shimano front and rear shifters? Also sram derailleur with Shimano cassette?

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