Redefining what gravel can be. The new RLT 9 RDO. Seriously. Who doesn’t like a diversion? Something different. A different perspective. A change of pace. We designed the new RLT 9 RDO to encourage diversion. You want to go hard and fast? We encourage it. How about long and adventurous? Please do. Need a change of pace, a break from the routine? Go ahead. Give it a chance. If you can think it on two wheels, the RLT, a multi-tool of a bike, might just be the bike for you. From dirt trails to gravel to asphalt, this bike takes it all in stride and you along with it.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIDE It’s hard to know where to start with this versatile beauty. The sleek, eye-catching design? The thoughtful benefits of NMF internal cable guide routing? The flat mount disk brakes?
We know those are important, but when it all comes down to it, none of those features matters if the ride quality blows. So, when we set about designing the RLT 9 RDO we talked to riders. They wanted a bike that could go the distance but perform when pushed. They wanted a bike that was stiff yet compliant. A bike that transferred power instantly but absorbed rough terrain. And, a bike that wouldn’t weigh them down but be durable.
So, that’s what we sat down at the drawing board to do and that’s what you see here. A bike we’re proud to add to the RDO line of bikes. A bike with mountain biking roots that tips its hat to the AIR 9 RDO. A bike so fast and fun and comfortably designed that it can be ridden competitively, on multi-day adventures and everywhere in between. This bike just works. In fact, we’re still scratching our heads wondering how we pulled it off.
Take a close look at the frame - the heartbeat of the new RLT 9 RDO. It’s a frame that wants to be pushed and pushed hard. Our Carbon Compaction process makes this frame 10% lighter without being flexy in the wrong places. It delivers performance and comfort all day long. And, we always design our bikes to meet rigorous mountain bike industry standards for strength. (Road bike standards are less stringent.)
Keeping ride quality in mind, we went to great lengths to design the frame junction where the stout seat tube, the bridgeless seatstays and the wafer-thin top tube come together. This design delivers just enough flex to keep the rider comfortable all day long without unnecessary weight. But don’t worry about this bike flexing in the wrong places. The massive down tube and chainstays keep power transfer right where you need it to be.
TECH FEATURES YOU’LL LOVE Taking advantage of new technology, we included a window under the bottom bracket which makes cable/wire installation easy and allows you the ability to easily service components like Shimano’s Di2 system. The NMF cable guide routing means you feed the cable housing in one end and it comes out the other end. No More Fishing. The full carbon sleeved bottom bracket shell can be used with a PF30 press-fit bottom bracket or, if you pine for a simpler life and would like to go singlespeed, the BioCentric II eccentric bottom bracket can handle the duty. (BioCentric sold separately.)
We also added flat mount disc brakes. The absence of post mounts makes for a stiffer rear end and we were able to design the bike around appropriate braking power. There’s no need for a 160mm rotor when a 140mm handles the job with ease. They’re also easier to install and adjust which may also make your mechanic smile.
And speaking of mounts (this is a high-performance adventure bike after all) you’ll find intelligently placed rack and fender mounts on both the frame and the fork.
RIDE ONE TODAY We could go on and on about this new RLT 9 RDO. It truly pushes the limits to what a gravel bike should be, but we’d rather you stop reading, get to your local Niner dealer and test ride one. Once you’re on, you’ll see what we mean.
Why Do You Ride Gravel
ACCEPTS UP TO A 40MM TIRE
FLAT MOUNT DISC BRAKES MAKE ADJUSTMENTS EASIER
NINER'S RDO CARBON COMPACTION FRAME DELIVERS COMFORT AND DEPENDABILTY
SUPER THIN PROFILE SEAT STAYS AND TOP TUBE DELIVER ALL DAY COMFORT.
A MASSIVE DOWN TUBE AND CHAINSTAYS KEEP POWER TRANSFER IN CHECK
TRIED AND TRUE GEOMETRY DESIGNED FOR COMPETITVE ALL-CONDITION RIDING AND MULTIDAY ADVENTURES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
NMF INTERNAL CABLE AND HOUSING GUIDES MEANS NO MORE FISHING
2 WATER BOTTLE CAGE MOUNTS INSIDE THE TRIANGLE OF EVERY FRAME, NO MATTER THE SIZE
THREE MOUNTING BOLTS ON EACH FORK LEG ALLOWS FOR A VARIETY OF BIKE SETUPS
FORK MOUNTS: WEIGHT LIMIT 45 LBS
REAR RACK MOUNTS: WEIGHT LIMIT 55LBS
PF 30 BB SHELL WORKS FOR GEARED OR SINGLESPEED COMPATIBLE WITH THE NINER BIOCENTRIC II PF30 (NOT INCLUDED)
142 X 12 REAR AND 100 X 15 FRONT SPACING RESISTS TWISTING IN THE FRAME/FORK AND MAINTAINS PRECISE DISC BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION AND GEOMETRY
68MM PF30 BB SHELL (ADAPTORS REQUIRED FOR BSA TYPE BBS)
COMPATIBLE WITH BIOCENTRIC 30 FOR SINGLESPEED USE
INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING GUIDE TUBES FOR SHIFTING AND REAR BRAKE
FRONT FENDER AND REAR RACK/FENDER MOUNTS
27.2 SEAT POST, 400MM LENGTH RECOMMENDED
31.8 SEAT COLLAR
1.125" X 1.5" TAPERED ZERO STACK HEAD TUBE, 44MM UPPER, 56MM LOWER, CANE CREEK DESCRIPTION: ZS44/28.6 ZS56/40
FLAT MOUNT DISC BRAKE ONLY (30MM REAR)- 160MM MAX ROTOR SIZE
142 X 12 REAR SPACING
ALL SIZES HAVE 2 INNER TRIANGLE BOTTLE MOUNTS
CAN FIT UP TO A 700x40c/650x40c (TIRE SIZES VARY BY BRAND, SOME TIRES MAY NOT FIT)