Niner sets you down the road less traveled for less coin w/ Tiagra RLT9 build

Niner RLT9 gravel road bike with affordable Shimano Tiagra group

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.

Niner RLT9 gravel road bike with affordable Shimano Tiagra group

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.

Niner RLT9 gravel road bike with affordable Shimano Tiagra group

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.

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Heffe
Heffe
6 years ago

That is a very nice paint scheme. Off on a slight tangent, I’d also like to see a carbon RLT RDO that would differ from the BSB RDO in offering compliance, bigger tire-size capacity and a taller head tube – something to compete against the Salsa carbon Warbird and the Ridley X-Trail.

Tacoma_D
Tacoma_D
6 years ago
Reply to  Heffe

Totally agree! I love my Alloy RLT. However a more compliant and lighter frame would be a welcome change. My next bike will be a Salsa Warbird most likely however a Niner RLT RDO would fit my needs quite well!

will
will
6 years ago

I just wish they’d offer that fork (in a thru-axle version) aftermarket…

Pfs
Pfs
6 years ago
Reply to  will

They do…

Jonathan McCurdy
6 years ago
Reply to  Pfs

Whereabouts?

Gef
Gef
6 years ago

That seems like the most reasonable bike I’ve seen all year.

Burton
Burton
6 years ago

Niner, schminer. In half a year, Bikes Direct dot com will have the equivalent bike at half the price, delivered to your door, albeit without the faux titanium finish.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago
Reply to  Burton

That’s supposed be some how better because it’s cheaper? They already have a gravel grinder for cheapskates out there. You very much get what you pay for!

Seraph
Seraph
6 years ago

Would like to see this same build with a similar price point on their RLT9 Steel.

robert
robert
6 years ago

where’s the motor?

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago
Reply to  robert

@robert in the seat tube. It’s electric… 😉

Doug
Doug
6 years ago

No thru axles? Will you even be able to ride in a straight line? Why even make a bike without them, it’s useless, especially on a road bike.

Tomi
Tomi
6 years ago

Looks expensive to me for a tiagra equipped bike. It is 400$ more expensive than a Tiagra equipped GT Grade with superior TRP Spyre brakes and 200$ more than GT’s shimano 105 version. I used the GT Grade as an example but there are a lot of comparable bike nowadays. A CaadX or Fuji whatever may be even cheaper. Doesn’t look like a good deal to me at MSRP.

funnyperson1
funnyperson1
6 years ago
Reply to  Tomi

That’s what I was thinking, for $1,500 I would expect 105 with BB7 or TRP Spyre or maybe Tiagra with Hy/Rds if the frame was nice enough.

Avid’s BB5s are crap and shouldn’t be shipping on $1,000 bikes let alone $1,500 ones.

C
C
6 years ago

Looks good, until the pressfit bottom bracket starts creaking like crazy.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

Beautiful bike for just $1500! Sure it looks like you could get a Fuji or GT for less, but it will look like less and they are Performance Brand bikes which are a dime a dozen IMHO. Not in the market for a gravel grinder bike, but for $1500 this looks really nice.

CW
CW
4 years ago

I have one and after changing the brakes to TRP it is a great bike. I also swapped the seat post to carbon and added cowbell 3 bars, abs WTB Nano 40c tires. All personal preference.