Niner Bikes announced the launch of the new Niner RLT 9 Steel bike this morning. The RLT 9 Steel joins the alloy RLT 9 as Niner expands it’s lineup to cross over between off-road and all over. (Check out our initial impressions of the Niner RLT 9 Steel.)
We’ve owned and ridden some Niner bikes in the past, including their all-around trail bike, the RIP 9. Our newest obsession (other than fat bikes) are category-less bikes that blur the lines between mountain, road, cross, and tour. Niner hopped on board with this industry trend last year with the introduction of the RLT 9. Now, building on their history of building Reynolds 853 steel frames, we get the RLT 9 Steel. Call it an adventure bike, a gravel bike, an off-road tour bike.
The frame will come in two colors – Forge Grey/Safety Orange and Dirty White/Red Ringers. Niner again embraces the “Steel is Real” crew with the Reynolds 853 tube set, but incorporates their own, tapered carbon fork. The RLT 9 Steel comes with a PF30 bottom bracket, so you can run geared or single speed with an eccentric bottom bracket. Niner’s “All-Day Adventure Tuned Geometry” features a slightly longer chain stay, lower bottom bracket and slacker head tube angle to keep things comfortable.
The RLT 9 Steel features rear rack pannier braze-ons for overnight adventures and three sport-beer compatible water bottle mounts ensuring you have fuel (booze) no matter how far from the boozatorium you ride. Just be sure to let them settle before you open them. The frame can accommodate single, double, or triple front rings to get you up the steepest climbs and has post-mount disc brakes front and rear to keep speed in check on the way back down. The frame fits up to a 1.75″ tire, depending on brand. It also features internal, Di-2-compatible shifter routing, integrated fender mounts, a 27.2mm seatpost diameter, and a rear, 142x12mm thru-axle. Niner doesn’t list weight, but durability is much more important than gram-counting on a frame like this.
When it’s available next month, the RLT 9 Steel will come in five different flavors with various Shimano or SRAM component groups priced from $2,500 to $6,000, or as a bare frame and fork for $1,450.
We can’t wait to swing a leg over one!
Need a new adventure bike? We’ve already built our own! Our Bike Gear Concierge can recommend a pre-built option like the RLT 9 Steel or we can guide you through the process of selecting frame and components for your own custom build!