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    Just heard from my dealer the new RLT 9's will be flat mount. Color scheme for the steel with gray, except the orange will be replaced with blue.

    Does anyone have any images of the new paint scheme by chance?

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    Switched to the BSB 9 RDO, so I'm selling my white/green 59cm RLT 9 frameset (9/10 condition): 2015 Niner RLT 9 Frameset (Aluminum/Carbon) - Buy and Sell Mountain Bikes and Accessories

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    If anyone is interested, the Handsome Cycles Mud Butler fenders fit the alloy RLT nicely. The 40c Kenda Flitridge tires rubbed, so I switched to some smaller Vittoria Adventure Trails mounted tubeless. Nice tires, they held 40psi for a week with no sealant!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerLex View Post
    I ended up going with a 56cm. The standover height on the RLT Steel is pretty tall, and for my intended use it made sense to have some clearance. I normally fit a large Niner frame and 56cm frame fits me well. The 59cm has a standover height of 33.4" .
    Howís that working out for you? Iím the same height and inseam and based on every dimension I would use to normally use to determine fit, Iím leaning 56 (my ideal TT length is 57 with the RLT9 being 56.5) but every person on the internet, besides you, is saying 59. Looking for more of an Impala than a Cadillac. My gut is saying 56 with a 120mm stem.

    The closest local shop that stocks Niner is an hour away and with Jensonís current price on a 3-star, I would feel awful going in for a spin just to order online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by actionpark View Post
    Howís that working out for you? Iím the same height and inseam and based on every dimension I would use to normally use to determine fit, Iím leaning 56 (my ideal TT length is 57 with the RLT9 being 56.5) but every person on the internet, besides you, is saying 59. Looking for more of an Impala than a Cadillac. My gut is saying 56 with a 120mm stem.

    The closest local shop that stocks Niner is an hour away and with Jensonís current price on a 3-star, I would feel awful going in for a spin just to order online.
    The 56 BSB is nearly perfect. I'd go with a 56 again, but I also haven't hit any single track to see how it handles.

    As I understand it, in an ideal fit the front hub should be hidden from the upright riding position by the handle bars, but my bars are probably 1.5 inches behind the hub. My riding position might be too far forward, but that might also be because I'm running the stem pretty high right now for commuting comfort.

    If I were to buy another RLT, I'd definitely go with the 56cm. The 59 felt like a Cadillac to me. But keep in mind my experience is between an RLT and a BSB, so it's not 100% apples to apples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by actionpark View Post
    Howís that working out for you? Iím the same height and inseam and based on every dimension I would use to normally use to determine fit, Iím leaning 56 (my ideal TT length is 57 with the RLT9 being 56.5) but every person on the internet, besides you, is saying 59. Looking for more of an Impala than a Cadillac. My gut is saying 56 with a 120mm stem.
    Based on what I read on the Internet it seemed like 59cm was the way to go. But when I looked at the geometry and standover height, I started having doubts for my own fitment. I ended up calling Jenson and they asked around the shop. Their consensus was to go with 56cm, and now that I've got the bike, I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerLex View Post
    Based on what I read on the Internet it seemed like 59cm was the way to go. But when I looked at the geometry and standover height, I started having doubts for my own fitment. I ended up calling Jenson and they asked around the shop. Their consensus was to go with 56cm, and now that I've got the bike, I agree.
    Good to know I'm not alone in this experience!

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    I was able to pick up a used frameset locally and have a general question about the cable routing.

    Are you running full length cable housing between rear shifter and derailleur, and a full length from front shifter down to the bottom bracket exit hole?

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    Niner RLT9

    Got my new to me RLT9 built up this week with virtually all parts I had on hand.

    Replaces a SS 29er I was using as a kid hauler and an old road bike I was using for the occasional 25-30 mile ride and on the trainer.

    I think it's going to be a great do it all bike for me. First ride was to the playground.





    Some new tires coming tomorrow and am planning on re-lacing these hope/flows to be hope/grail, which combined should drop almost 3 pounds

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    Got the new RLT 9 Steel this weekend, it is amazing. It's my first experience with SRAM and hydraulic brakes and they are great so far. The robin egg blue was a bit of a surprise (promotional materials make it look darker), but honestly I like it better. It currently has 35mm tires on (real casing-to-casing width: 35.5mm), and even with the PDW fenders I think it can fit 40mms on. I like the stock Schwalbes though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    Got my new to me RLT9 built up this week with virtually all parts I had on hand.

    Replaces a SS 29er I was using as a kid hauler and an old road bike I was using for the occasional 25-30 mile ride and on the trainer.

    I think it's going to be a great do it all bike for me. First ride was to the playground.





    Some new tires coming tomorrow and am planning on re-lacing these hope/flows to be hope/grail, which combined should drop almost 3 pounds
    How does the chariot connect to the bike, thru axle or chain stay?

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    Niner RLT9

    Quote Originally Posted by mapomatic View Post
    How does the chariot connect to the bike, thru axle or chain stay?

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    I have the QR version of the frame, so I just use the standard chariot mount, but I did have to file the mount a little



    If I had the thru axle version I'd get one of these https://robertaxleproject.com/cargo-child-trailers/

    Honestly I went for the QR frame to be able to easily swap between my normal QR, add the trailer mount, or put in my trainer's QR

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    Anyone know if a 46T direct mount front ring will fit on a RLT9 Steel? Would like to run 10-42 XO1 cassette with a 44 or 46T front ring but worried about clearance

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHubTDI View Post
    Anyone know if a 46T direct mount front ring will fit on a RLT9 Steel? Would like to run 10-42 XO1 cassette with a 44 or 46T front ring but worried about clearance
    Doubtful but it would also depend on crankset/chainring combo with direct mount. It's about 40T max with an XX1 crankset/chainring.
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    For those that have ridden a BSB and RLT, when properly geared, which has more of a road bike feel/handling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by upstateSC-rider View Post
    For those that have ridden a BSB and RLT, when properly geared, which has more of a road bike feel/handling?
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    The RLT 9. It's more stable thanks to its longer geo and lower bottom bracket. The BSB is pretty twitchy. However, I'd imagine there a number of road bikes with really short chainstays that handle pretty similar to the BSB, so it's probably splitting hairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upstateSC-rider View Post
    For those that have ridden a BSB and RLT, when properly geared, which has more of a road bike feel/handling?
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    I personally feel like the rlt is the road bike that everyone needs but doesn't know they need. I find most traditional road bikes to be designed around what pros need, not what the average rider needs. The rlt line is comfortable, stable, and versatile. It can take fenders and racks and it is designed to maximise rider enjoyment. Most road bikes are designed around narrow tires and pure speed. I can hang just fine on road rides with my rlt (especially if I swap 28c tires in). I just don't see why anyone would buy a traditional road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeopleForScience View Post
    I personally feel like the rlt is the road bike that everyone needs but doesn't know they need. I find most traditional road bikes to be designed around what pros need, not what the average rider needs. The rlt line is comfortable, stable, and versatile. It can take fenders and racks and it is designed to maximise rider enjoyment. Most road bikes are designed around narrow tires and pure speed. I can hang just fine on road rides with my rlt (especially if I swap 28c tires in). I just don't see why anyone would buy a traditional road bike.
    My thinking exactly.

    Riding CAAD8 now but RLT is my next bike. My only concern is that it seems heavy based on builds I see (56 shows 24 lbs) but I can't figure out of that is due to stock components or if the frame itself is heavier. I know it is tested to MTB standards so it might be a bit heavy. Although I am 220# so it might be a good thing.


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    Appreciate the opinions.
    In the summer I'm mostly a roadie and put miles on my tarmac and was wondering which would give me the closest feel to a pure road machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heybrady View Post
    My thinking exactly.

    Riding CAAD8 now but RLT is my next bike. My only concern is that it seems heavy based on builds I see (56 shows 24 lbs) but I can't figure out of that is due to stock components or if the frame itself is heavier. I know it is tested to MTB standards so it might be a bit heavy. Although I am 220# so it might be a good thing.


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    Niner publishes the frame & fork weights now:
    Is the RLT 9 Aluminum Gravel Bike for Me? ? Niner Bikes Life

    For 56cm:
    alloy - 2.04 kg
    steel - 2.78 kg
    carbon - 1.65 kg

    Whether the frames are heavy depends on whether you are comparing to road bikes designed for 28mm tires and pavement or to gravel bikes that fit wide tires and are singletrack approved.

    The steel frame is lighter than most comparable steel bikes in the gravel category.

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    hey guys.

    I've a Cannondale CX1 in 54cm right now but I think about it to go back to steel cause I like the clean look. The white RLT Steel is on sale (50% off) right now in germany.
    I hassle a bit with the correct size. I'm 182cm tall and niner said 56 was the right choice. But as a bought my Cannondale the dealer said to me he do not sell me this Bike in 56.

    Maybe a 90mm / 80mm Stem and the 56 fits perfect? What you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhellmann View Post
    hey guys.

    I've a Cannondale CX1 in 54cm right now but I think about it to go back to steel cause I like the clean look. The white RLT Steel is on sale (50% off) right now in germany.
    I hassle a bit with the correct size. I'm 182cm tall and niner said 56 was the right choice. But as a bought my Cannondale the dealer said to me he do not sell me this Bike in 56.

    Maybe a 90mm / 80mm Stem and the 56 fits perfect? What you mean?
    You might want to test ride the 56cm first. The biggest difference between the 53 and 56 is the seat tube and stand over and height. With the 56cm your gaining about 2.5cm or 1 inch for both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordzkof View Post
    You might want to test ride the 56cm first. The biggest difference between the 53 and 56 is the seat tube and stand over and height. With the 56cm your gaining about 2.5cm or 1 inch for both.
    OK that sounds like 56 is fine. I thin when I go with ohne I must install a bit shorter Stem and I'm happy.

    Other questionÖ
    Is the full Frame with 853 Steel or just TT, DT and ST?

    Thanks!

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    Do you have any pics of your bike with the fenders? They look great on the Amazon pics.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobine View Post
    If anyone is interested, the Handsome Cycles Mud Butler fenders fit the alloy RLT nicely. The 40c Kenda Flitridge tires rubbed, so I switched to some smaller Vittoria Adventure Trails mounted tubeless. Nice tires, they held 40psi for a week with no sealant!


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    Any pics? Wondering how the blue looks outside of their marketing photos

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    I believe just the main triangle is 853

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    Are gravel bike frame weights similar to touring frame weights?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spillway View Post
    Niner publishes the frame & fork weights now:
    Is the RLT 9 Aluminum Gravel Bike for Me? ? Niner Bikes Life

    For 56cm:
    alloy - 2.04 kg
    steel - 2.78 kg
    carbon - 1.65 kg

    Whether the frames are heavy depends on whether you are comparing to road bikes designed for 28mm tires and pavement or to gravel bikes that fit wide tires and are singletrack approved.

    The steel frame is lighter than most comparable steel bikes in the gravel category.
    Those weights are way off compared to what I received. My 62cm steel frame only is over 6lbs. By comparison my 64cm Soma smoothie ES (Tange Prestige) is 4.8lbs. My custom wily 29er mountain bike frame (ox platinum) is 4.4lbs. The fork is quite light though (1.4lbs).

    I was expecting it to be around 5lbs so am quite shocked by the heft.

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    If I can remember how to host the pics I'll post some tomorrow. The blue is a very light feminine baby blue. I was expecting the cyan blue color that is very popular right now. At least that's what the online pics looked like to me. I would have preferred a deeper blue, but it isn't terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by npstaehling View Post
    If I can remember how to host the pics I'll post some tomorrow. The blue is a very light feminine baby blue. I was expecting the cyan blue color that is very popular right now. At least that's what the online pics looked like to me. I would have preferred a deeper blue, but it isn't terrible.
    Thank you! Now all I need to hear is that it rides like sh!^ so my lust subsides. I really like the Red/White layout so like you the paint is another strike. Not that I have the $$$ to buy one anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by npstaehling View Post
    If I can remember how to host the pics I'll post some tomorrow. The blue is a very light feminine baby blue. I was expecting the cyan blue color that is very popular right now. At least that's what the online pics looked like to me. I would have preferred a deeper blue, but it isn't terrible.
    That color sounds more desirable to me!


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    Quote Originally Posted by npstaehling View Post
    If I can remember how to host the pics I'll post some tomorrow. The blue is a very light feminine baby blue. I was expecting the cyan blue color that is very popular right now. At least that's what the online pics looked like to me. I would have preferred a deeper blue, but it isn't terrible.
    I zip tied a shimano cassette in box for a blue reference if you have any shimano part boxes. You can see it is a very light blue.

    Niner RLT9-ninercolor.jpg

    Here is a pic of a 29X2.25 Schwalbe big apple mounted in the rear. It does spin, but rubs both chainstays. you would not want to ride it with this tire, but it gives an idea of just how much clearance the frame has. The fork has a lot less. The big apple doesn't even come close to mounting up front.

    Niner RLT9-ninertire.jpg

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    i think the blue looks pretty good (based on those last two photos). orange/silver is my favorite personally - hope they bring that back

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    That baby blue looks dope.

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