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    RLT 9 RDO

    Redefine your next ride

    Take the Road Less Travelled.

    Redefining what gravel can be.

    The RLT 9 RDO is redefining what gravel can be. Seriously. Who doesn’t like a diversion? Something different. A different perspective. A change of pace. We designed the RLT 9 RDO to encourage diversion.

    RLT 9 RDO - Style for miles

    You want to not just go the distance but do go there fast? The RLT 9 RDO is a gravel bike made to make those often bumpy miles sail bike. Do you want to explore? This bike encourages it. How about undertaking long and adventurous rides? 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 is 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 seat stays 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 single speed, 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.

    RDO carbon fiber

    Carbon fiber is common, but care, quality, and attention to detail are not. Niner RDO carbon fiber is a cut above. We start with the best grades of raw carbon layered precisely according to the stress points on the frame structure. In construction, our process employs rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon fabric. The result? Increased precision in wall thickness and reduced resin pooling in the final product. We can build more elaborate structures with better ride tuning, increased strength, outstanding durability, and less weight, making it easier for you to handle all the run-ups, while still being tough enough to handle the nastiest of conditions.

    Full Sleeve cable guides

    No more fishin. We built end-to-end cable guides through the frame for easy installation and maintenance, PLUS Di2 compatibility. 

    RDO carbon fiber

    Niner’s premium Race Day Optimized carbon fiber means more strength, higher stiffness, and less weight. Read More

    RDO Carbon Fork

    Full carbon fiber for lightweight comfort, yet tested to MTB standards for durability

    Five year warranty

    Tough as nails, the RLT 9 RDO is built to withstand as much abuse as you can dish out. Tested to ISO mountain bike standards, it carries a 5-year warranty.

    Tire clearance

    Don't let mud stop you in your tracks. With clearance for 40c tires, the RLT is made to keep rolling.

    Specifications

    Our top of the line, gravel grinding RLT 9 RDO frame meets the finest parts kit available. There’s nothing not to like when you add carbon wheels to the mix. When you are rolling lighter and faster, you can go farther and stay out longer.

    • Stan's Grail CB7 wheels
    • Full carbon RDO fork with rack mounts, thru axle, and flat mount disc brake
    • Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsGrey/blue and black/orange
    FrameNiner RDO carbon fiber, internal cable routing, Di2-ready, rack and fender mountsForkNINER FULL CARBON RDO FORK W/RACK MOUNTS, 15MM x 100MM THRU AXLE (M15x1.5Px125L)
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 100X15MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38
    BrakesSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8070 HYDRAULICBrake leversSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT800 140/140MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 701 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000Rear derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA RX800 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE THREAD-TOGETHER PF30 TO 24MM ALLOYSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CRN-TI RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EA50 AX
    StemNINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight19.2lbs / 8.7kg

    With our RLT 9 RDO frame and fork, a Shimano mehcanical/hydraulic disc brake drivetrain, and Stan's wheels, the 4-Star build is designed to get you styled up and down any road, no matter what the surface is made of.

    • Stan’s NoTubes Grail S1 wheels
    • Shimano Ultegra drivetrain
    • Niner full carbon RDO fork with rack mounts
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsGrey/blue and black/orange
    FrameNiner RDO carbon fiber, internal cable routing, Di2-ready, rack and fender mountsForkNINER FULL CARBON RDO FORK W/RACK MOUNTS, 15MM x 100MM THRU AXLE (M15x1.5Px125L)
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 100X15MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38
    BrakesSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8070 HYDRAULICBrake leversSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT800 140/140MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 701 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8020 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000Rear derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA RX800 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE THREAD-TOGETHER PF30 TO 24MM ALLOYSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EA50 AX
    StemNINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight19.8lbs / 9kg*

    Expect the best from Shimano's 105 drivetrain. Mated to our RLT 9 RDO frame and fork, every feature of best gravel bike is fully expressed.

    • Stan’s NoTubes Grail S1 wheels
    • Shimano 105 mechanical shifters w/hydraulic brakes
    • Niner full RDO carbon fork
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsGrey/blue and black/orange
    FrameNiner RDO carbon fiber, internal cable routing, Di2-ready, rack and fender mountsForkNINER FULL CARBON RDO FORK W/RACK MOUNTS, 15MM x 100MM THRU AXLE (M15x1.5Px125L)
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 100X15MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 38
    BrakesSHIMANO 105 R7070 HYDRAULICBrake leversSHIMANO 105 R7020
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT54 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO RT54 160/160MM CL ROTORS
    Front shifterSHIMANO 105 R7020 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO 105 R7020 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO 105 R7000Rear derailleurSHIMANO 105 R7000 GS 11SP
    CassetteSHIMANO 105 R7000 11SP 11-32TCranksetSHIMANO 105 R7000 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE THREAD-TOGETHER PF30 TO 24MM ALLOYSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EA50 AX
    StemNINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight20.1lbs / 9.1kg**

    Hit the gravel road, jack .... minus the hit to your wallet. Thanks to Shimano's outstanding Tiagra drivetrain, we can bring every ounce of RLT 9 RDO performance to an affordable price level. 

    • Niner full RDO carbon fork 
    • Shimano Tiagra drivetrain
    • Niner CX alloy wheels 
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsGrey/blue and black/orange
    FrameNiner RDO carbon fiber, internal cable routing, Di2-ready, rack and fender mountsForkNINER FULL CARBON RDO FORK W/RACK MOUNTS, 15MM x 100MM THRU AXLE (M15x1.5Px125L)
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantTUBES
    Front wheelNINER CX ALLOY, CL 100 X15MM FRONT, NINER GRAPHICRear wheelNINER CX ALLOY, CL 142X12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE PERFORMANCE, FOLDING, 700 X 38Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE PERFORMANCE, FOLDING, 700 X 38
    BrakesSHIMANO TIAGRA RS405 HYDRAULICBrake leversSHIMANO TIAGRA RS405
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT54 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG54 10SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO TIAGRA RS405 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO TIAGRA RS405 10SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO TIAGRA 4700Rear derailleurSHIMANO TIAGRA 4700 10SP
    CassetteSHIMANO HG500 11-34CranksetSHIMANO TIAGRA RS400 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE THREAD-TOGETHER PF30 TO 24MM ALLOYSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER ALLOY SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EA50 AX
    StemNINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight22.1lbs / 10kg*

    Build it your way with the RLT 9 RDO frame-only option. RDO carbon fiber keeps the platform light and stiff, Full Sleeve internal cable routing makes it easy to build, and Di2+mechanical shifting ports give you freedom for all the drivetrain options you could want.

    • Seatpost size 27.2 (31.8 seat collar)
    • Di2 and mechanical shifting compatible; front derailleur compatible
    • BB30 bottom bracket shell
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsGrey/blue and black/orange
    FrameNiner RDO carbon fiber, internal cable routing, Di2-ready, rack and fender mounts

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