Niner’s alloy RLT9 has proven to be a reliable, fun bike on the gravel paths and service roads. Now, it’s also a more affordable bike thanks to a full Shimano Tiagra group built out with Niner’s cockpit and wheels. The new budget model also comes in a new Gun Metal Gray, which looks awfully similar to the Forge Gray on the recently updated SIR9 steel hardtail.
The new build comes on it’s own distinct version of the RLT9 alloy frame. The original did start life with quick release dropouts, but was upgraded last fall with thru axles. This new RLT9 Complete, though, sticks with a more affordable QR setup on both the frame and the fork. Otherwise, it’s very similar, using hydroformed alloy tubing and all of the rack and fender mounts. The fork is full carbon fiber.
The Shimano Tiagra 2×10 group is paired with SRAM BB5 mechanical disc brake calipers and 160mm rotors. An alloy Niner cockpit and wheels and WTB All-Terrain 700×37 tires round out the package. Retail is just $1,500, available now.