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    RLT 9 STEEL

    All-day comfort, confidence, and control

    Steel is truly real

    It’s not about where you’re at, it’s about where you’re headed. 

    The RLT 9 Steel is for the purist, the rider who’s after the classic aesthetics of smooth, supple steel. Whether it’s on pavement or gravel road, this bike craves long adventures. With plenty of room for all your gear, the only thing stopping you from your next ride is your imagination. Go ahead, take the ride of your dreams with the RLT 9 Steel.

    Reynolds 853 steel

    Our love affair with air-hardened Reynolds 853 steel started early. From early flirting with the ROS 9, to the first SIR 9, to our current RLT 9 steel, we’ve crushed on ferrous frames for over 15 years.

    Why does Niner steel still feel so real?

    In practical terms, Reynolds 853 is a nearly perfect material for creating bike frames. Rather than being weakened by heat, the frame tube junctions actually strengthen after TIG welding. This allows the use of thinner, lighter frame tubes without any sacrifice in durability or strength.

    Additionally, steel-framed bicycles have a well-earned reputation for rugged, dependable reliability. Steel has a way of brushing off the inevitable scratches, dings, and rough treatment that accompanies the best adventures. No matter if you have a cross-continent excursion or a county line commute, the RLT 9 steel loves to be loaded up and rolled out.

    Steel frame, RDO carbon fork

    The RLT 9 Steel features our all-new RDO carbon fiber fork. The combination of steel frame and carbon fork is sure to offer a supple ride, regardless of duration. This beautifully designed fork is composed of famous Race Day Optimized carbon fiber, which is built with a unique process that optimizes complete compaction of the carbon layers under heat and pressure. By maximizing the carbon-to-resin ratio in the finished product, we keep this fork light and stiff while improving compliance over rough surfaces.

    We paid mind to aesthetics and functionality in this fork. The brake hose is routed internally through a fully sleeved guide tube. Multiple rack, fender, and cargo mounts make light work of heavy loads, so go ahead, add another day of bikepacking on to your trip. The 12x100mm thru-axle and flat mount disc brake attachments are compatible with contemporary components. If you find yourself wanting to push the limits on a long haul self-supported ride, we’ve got you covered. The new fork features internal wire routing and fitment for a hub dynamo powered light, so the only thing keeping you from riding into the night is your bedtime.

    Tire size compatibility for any adventure

    Get ready to swoon. With more tire clearance than ever before, the RLT 9 Steel can accommodate tires as wide as 700x50c. Does your next ride require more rubber on the road? Not to worry, swapping out wheels is easy. This bike can accommodate 650b wheels and fit tires as wide as 2.0. Go wild with while and tire combinations, just keep it rubber side down out there.

    Frame features fit for going farther

    Are you a steel connoisseur, an adventure addict, weekend bikepacker, gear hoarder, over packer, grocery-getter or commuter extraordinaire? If you answered yes to any of these, the RLT 9 Steel was made for you. This dream build has 26 mounting points that give you the option to outfit your bike with as many bags, bottles, and racks as you need. You can haul anything from a love letter to your hockey team’s uniforms...

    Moving on- We’ve also designed custom bags for each frame size that mount directly to the frame. No more straps or buckles flying around. Just a cleanly designed frame ready for the next journey.

    Cleanliness is next to godliness. Our internal cable routing keeps the frame looking tidy. Want an even sleeker bike? Single-speed calling your name? With our PF30 bottom bracket shell, it’s easy to fit a geared or single-speed drivetrain. More gears your thing? This bike is compatible with either mechanical or electronic shifting. Plan on getting rowdy on your ride? Throw a dropper post on, for safety.

    Room to roam

    Niner RLT gravel bikes have room to fit 700x50c tires (or 650b x 2.0).

    Fireroad Geometry

    Whether you’re riding across town or across the country, the RLT 9 Steel has a longer chainstay, a lower bottom bracket height and a slacker headtube angle to keep you comfortable.

    Interchangeable wheel size

    Don’t let the terrain stop you from riding. The Niner RLT 9 Steel can fit both 700c and 650b wheels, for ultimate versatility and adaptability to suit any off road pursuit.

    Biocentric Bottom Bracket

    Fit any drivetrain, geared or singlespeed. No bolt-on hubs, no chain tensioners cluttering your ride, no brake adjustments with gear changes.

    Five year warranty

    We have you covered with warranty service, small parts, and a support team that actually answers the phone. So go ahead, search out a gravel road you’ve always wanted to explore Read More

    Niner RDO carbon fork

    Internal cable routing, so no more fishing for wires. Custom 12x100mm gravel-tuned RDO carbon fork with rack, fender and bottle mounts, plus internal cable and dynamo routing, perfect for those long hauls.

    Specifications

    Our sturdy steel 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.

    • SRAM Force AXS wireless electronic shifting
    • Stan's NoTubes Grail CB7 carbon wheels
    • Easton EC70 AX carbon handlebar
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40
    BrakesSRAM FORCE HRD FMBrake leversSRAM FORCE ETAP AXS
    Brake rotorsSRAM CLX R 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSRAM FORCE 12SP
    Front shifterSRAM FORCE ETAP AXSRear shifterSRAM FORCE ETAP AXS
    Front derailleurSRAM FORCE ETAP AXSRear derailleurSRAM FORCE ETAP AXS
    CassetteSRAM XG 1270 12SP 10-33TCranksetSRAM FORCE DUB 48X35T
    Bottom bracketSRAM DUB PF30SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CRN-TI RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EC70 AX
    StemNINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight

    Shimano's flagship, gravel-specific GRX800 parts kit pairs with Stan's Grail CB7 carbon wheels, Schwalbe tires, and an Easton crankset and handlebar in one of the best gravel-grinding packages available.

    • Shimano GRX800 gravel-specific mechanical shifting
    • Stan's NoTubes Grail CB7 carbon wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm,5 9cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40
    BrakesSHIMANO GRX800Brake leversSHIMANO GRX800
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT800 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 601 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO GRX800 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO GRX800 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000Rear derailleurSHIMANO GRX800 GS 11SP SHADOW SHIMANO GRX800 11SPPLUS
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetEASTON EA90 47X32T
    Bottom bracketEASTON PF30SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CRN-TI RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
    SeatpostNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarEASTON EA50 AX
    StemNINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHICHeadsetNINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40
    GripsNINER BAR TAPEApproximate weight

    Shimano's flagship, gravel-specific GRX800 parts kit pairs with Stan's Grail S1 wheels, Schwalbe tires, and an Easton crankset and handlebar in one of the best gravel-grinding packages available.

    • Shimano GRX800 gravel-specific mechanical shifting
    • Stan's NoTubes Grail CB7 carbon wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and alloy stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40
    BrakesSHIMANO GRX800Brake leversSHIMANO GRX800
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT800 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 601 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO GRX800 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO GRX800 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000Rear derailleurSHIMANO GRX800 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetEASTON EA90 47X32T
    Bottom bracketEASTON PF30SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CRO-MO 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 weight

    Prefer smaller wheels? Add Stan's Crest S1 650b wheels to Shimano's flagship, gravel-specific GRX800 parts kit, Maxxis tires, and an Easton crankset and handlebar to get one of the best gravel-grinding packages available.

    • Shimano GRX800 gravel-specific mechanical shifting
    • Stan's NoTubes Crest S1 650b wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and alloy stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES CREST S1, NEO HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES CREST S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireMAXXIS RAMBLER TLR EXO 650X47Rear tireMAXXIS RAMBLER TLR EXO 650X47
    BrakesSHIMANO GRX800Brake leversSHIMANO GRX800
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT800 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 601 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO GRX800 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO GRX800 11SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000Rear derailleurSHIMANO GRX800 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetEASTON EA90 47X32T
    Bottom bracketEASTON PF30SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO 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 weight

    SRAM's standout Rival parts kit mates with Stan's Grail S1 wheels and a gravel-specific Easton handlebar to complete a high performing, outstanding value package.

    • SRAM Rival shifting with Easton cranks.
    • Stan's NoTubes Grail S1 wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and alloy stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES CREST S1, NEO HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE EVO SS, FOLDING, 700 X 40
    BrakesSRAM RIVAL HRD FLAT MOUNTBrake leversSRAM RIVAL HRD
    Brake rotorsSRAM CENTERLINE 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG 601 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO GRX800 2SPRear shifterSRAM RIVAL HRD 11SP
    Front derailleurSRAM RIVAL YAW WITH CHAIN SPOTTERRear derailleurSRAM RIVAL 22SP
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetSRAM RIVAL 22SP YAW 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE PF30 ALLOY THREAD TOGETHERSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO 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 weight

    Prefer smaller wheels? Add Stan's Crest S1 to SRAM's Rival parts kit, Easton cranks, Maxxis tires, and an Easton handlebar to get one of the best gravel-grinding packages available.

    • SRAM Rival shifting with Easton cranks.
    • Stan's NoTubes Crest S1 650b wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and alloy stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantSTANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
    Front wheelSTANS NOTUBES CREST S1, NEO HUB CL 100X12MM FRONTRear wheelSTANS NOTUBES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireMAXXIS RAMBLER TLR EXO 650X47Rear tireMAXXIS RAMBLER TLR EXO 650X47
    BrakesSRAM RIVAL HRD FLAT MOUNTBrake leversSRAM RIVAL HRD
    Brake rotorsSRAM CENTERLINE 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSRAM PC 1130 11SP
    Front shifterSRAM RIVAL HRD 2SPRear shifterSRAM RIVAL HRD 11SP
    Front derailleurSRAM RIVAL YAW WITH CHAIN SPOTTERRear derailleurSRAM RIVAL 22SP
    CassetteSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TCranksetSRAM RIVAL 22SP YAW 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE PF30 ALLOY THREAD TOGETHERSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO 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 weight

    Shimano's budget-friendly, gravel-specific GRX400 parts kit pairs with Niner wheels, Schwalbe tires, and an Easton crankset and handlebar in a value-priced gravel-grinding package.

    • Shimano GRX400 gravel-specific drivetrain
    • Niner wheels
    • Niner carbon seatpost and alloy stem
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEForkNINER RDO FULL CARBON; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; FLAT MOUNT; 12X100 THRU AXLE
    ShockN/ATubes / SealantTUBES
    Front wheelNINER CX ALLOY, CL 100 X12MM FRONT, NINER GRAPHICRear wheelSTANS NOTUBNINER CX ALLOY, CL 142X12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHICES GRAIL S1, NEO HUB CL 142X12MM REAR
    Front TireSCHWALBE G-ONE PERFORMANCE, FOLDING, 700 X 40Rear tireSCHWALBE G-ONE PERFORMANCE, FOLDING, 700 X 40
    BrakesSHIMANO GRX400Brake leversSHIMANO GRX400
    Brake rotorsSHIMANO RT54 160/160MM CL ROTORSChainSHIMANO HG54 10SPM PC 1130 11SP
    Front shifterSHIMANO GRX400 2SPRear shifterSHIMANO GRX400 10SP
    Front derailleurSHIMANO TIAGRA 4700Rear derailleurSHIMANO GRX400 10SP
    CassetteSHIMANO HG500 11-34CranksetSHIMANO TIAGRA RS400 50X34T
    Bottom bracketPRESTINE PF30>24MMSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO 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 weight
    Available frame sizes47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmAvailable colorsFORGE GREY/BAJA BLUE
    FrameREYNOLDS 853 STEEL; EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING; INTEGRATED BOTTLE, BAG, RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS; FLAT MOUNT; 12X142 THRU AXLEE

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    The RLT 9: From Race Ready to Adventure Machine

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