Niner's RLT 9 family has now grown from one bike to three. The RLT 9 Aluminum takes its place as the oldest child - loved by many as a great all-around bike. The middle child, the RLT 9 Steel, shares some of the characteristics of its older sibling but definitely has a feel all its own. And the RLT 9 RDO, just released in early 2017, became the youngest, but definitely not the slowest, child. SO WITH THE GROWTH OF THE FAMILY, RIDERS HAVE BEEN ASKING, “WHAT NINER RLT 9 IS RIGHT FOR ME?” It‘s a great question. Ask it around the Niner office and you‘ll get a variety of answers. Some love the snappy feel of the oldest child, some like the calmness of the second child and some just want to go hard and fast so they choose the sporty, youngest child. Below, we offer a more detailed look at the oldest child, the RLT 9 Aluminum gravel bike. RIDER PROFILE: You‘ve heard about gravel riding and you want to give it a try. You want a bike that can introduce you to the sport without breaking the bank but you want a bike that delivers. Or, you are a commuter who wants a bike that‘s stable and sturdy but allows you the flexibility to take it on rougher terrain. Or, you are primarily a mountain biker but you‘d like an option that keeps you off the road but allows you to still ride and explore a different aspect of cycling, especially when the trails are muck. The RLT 9 Aluminum broken down:
- Intended use: The RLT 9 Aluminum offers performance in a more affordable, lightweight and efficient package. Enter a race, get lost on the back roads or load it up for overnights. The original RLT 9 can do it all.
- Frame: Niner‘s premium 6000 series aluminum and RDO Gravel fork make this bike snappy and stiff, yet comfortable due to the design of the hydroformed alloy tube shapes. (Total weight of 56 cm frame and fork based on the 56 cm size: 4.5 lbs/2.04 kg)
- Tire options: 700 c, 1.75 inches/45 mm
- Mounting options: Rack and fender mounts allow for packing.
- Meets ISO design standards for mountain bikes which are more stringent than ISO standards for road bikes.