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    The one on eBay now is listed at retail or best offer, which to me means they will obviously accept less than asking price. Also a 59 sold yesterday for $600 below retail.
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    My new RLT.....

    Hello all, just wanted to share my new RLT. It's a 53cm set up as a 1X10 with a RaceFace Wide/Narrow 42t ring, Rival shifter and an X.9 Type 2 rear der. with an 11-32 cassette. TRP Spyre brakes, Iron Cross Team wheels, and an FSA Energy crankset. Tires are Specialized Renegade 29 X 1.8 (tubeless) and, combined with the Ergon carbon post and Toupe saddle, they make for a really nice ride at 25 psi. Weight is right at 19.5 lbs with the bottle cages and pedals. It will see it's first century at the Dirty Kanza Halfpint next Saturday in Emporia, KS.
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    Now that is a very nicely thought out build - good job. Big tires, comfortable post and saddle, very, very nice. I've been contemplating a 1 x RLT build myself and was tempted to wait for the Sram CX1 stuff to become available. What is your left hand brake lever? Did you take the shifter guts out of a Rival shift/brake lever or is it a stand alone brake lever?

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    Thanks! The brake lever is a SRAM S900 carbon brake lever. It comes with no shifter internals. The only problem is that it has a UD carbon finish and doesn't match the 3K finish of the Rival shifter. So far the 1X10 is working great. The 42t ring has to live on the outside of the crank spider but the chainline wound up pretty much center on the cassette. The Type 2 der. does a good job of eliminating chain slap for the most part.

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    ^That is a very nice build!

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    Great looking bike. Any impressions with the Ergon CF3 seatpost and what is your height? Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by happylandings View Post
    Hello all, just wanted to share my new RLT. It's a 53cm set up as a 1X10 with a RaceFace Wide/Narrow 42t ring, Rival shifter and an X.9 Type 2 rear der. with an 11-32 cassette. TRP Spyre brakes, Iron Cross Team wheels, and an FSA Energy crankset. Tires are Specialized Renegade 29 X 1.8 (tubeless) and, combined with the Ergon carbon post and Toupe saddle, they make for a really nice ride at 25 psi. Weight is right at 19.5 lbs with the bottle cages and pedals. It will see it's first century at the Dirty Kanza Halfpint next Saturday in Emporia, KS.
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    Ergon post.......

    Thanks! The Ergon post seems to really do a nice job of softening up the vibrations and small hits. I've ridden it on gravel as well as a local paved bike path that is pretty rough with raised ridges from tree roots, cracks, etc. I'm 5'9.5" and the 53cm (545mm ETT) seems to fit well. The post I have is the zero offset version but they make a 25mm offset model as well.

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    Great looking bike. Any impressions with the Ergon CF3 seatpost and what is your height? Thanks!

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    Ordered a Black 50cm105 build yesterday. Going to put some Mavic Crossmax SLR 29er wheels on it. Anyone try going tubeless with the Sammy Slick?

    Have a Syntace P6 Hiflex post and some XTR race pedals that will go on it as well. Will post pics when I get her home.
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    Niner RLT9

    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    Ordered a Black 50cm105 build yesterday. Going to put some Mavic Crossmax SLR 29er wheels on it. Anyone try going tubeless with the Sammy Slick?

    Have a Syntace P6 Hiflex post and some XTR race pedals that will go on it as well. Will post pics when I get her home.
    Please post those crossmax once you have them on the rlt9

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    Re: Niner RLT9

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    Please post those crossmax once you have them on the rlt9
    Will do.

    By any chance, do you or anyone else know if a shimano road cassette will fit on the Crossmax SLR hub?
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    Was able to answer my cassette question and yes it will fit. On another note, sucks I have to wait a month since there is no availability right now. Feel like I got duped, cause I was told there was availability from Niner before I ordered and now that I ordered a few days later there is no availability. Sucks cause I already paid for the bike too. Maybe I'll do some more test rides. Think I should atleast give the Warbird and the Crux Evo a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    Was able to answer my cassette question and yes it will fit. On another note, sucks I have to wait a month since there is no availability right now. Feel like I got duped, cause I was told there was availability from Niner before I ordered and now that I ordered a few days later there is no availability. Sucks cause I already paid for the bike too. Maybe I'll do some more test rides. Think I should atleast give the Warbird and the Crux Evo a try.

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    Based on that fact and as a matter of principle, I would ask for my money back. That's a sign telling you to go down a different path. Niner doesn't make anything that can't be purchased elsewhere.

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    You could be mad and stomp into your bike shop and demand the money back for sure. But who duped you? You called and asked about inventory on a bike that is clearly in high demand, waited a few days to make up your mind, and it was sold out. It's not unreasonable for a bike to sell out, I see it all the time in my shop. I seriously doubt that Niner has 1000s of these frames sitting in a warehouse in every conceivable size and color waiting for you. That is a sign off poor inventory management.
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    I'm not mad at the shop. I'm more upset with Niner because I contacted them directly for availability. If I test ride something between now and then and I like it I'll get my money back and go for it.

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    I guess the point I was trying to make didn't come across. The only person you can blame here is you. You are the one that waited to order. Stock levels are only valid at the time of asking.

    As a shop guy, if you are so upset that you might get your money back then do it now. Don't wait until your special order frame has shipped. That screws over the shop. They will have to find a new buyer that needs your size and likes your color and build.
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    I'm still gonna buy the RLT. It'll be a good shitty day/commuter/gravel grinder all-purpose bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    I'm not mad at the shop. I'm more upset with Niner because I contacted them directly for availability. If I test ride something between now and then and I like it I'll get my money back and go for it.

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    "Hello all, just wanted to share my new RLT. It's a 53cm set up as a 1X10 with a RaceFace Wide/Narrow 42t ring, Rival shifter and an X.9 Type 2 rear der. with an 11-32 cassette. TRP Spyre brakes, Iron Cross Team wheels, and an FSA Energy crankset. Tires are Specialized Renegade 29 X 1.8 (tubeless) and, combined with the Ergon carbon post and Toupe saddle, they make for a really nice ride at 25 psi. Weight is right at 19.5 lbs with the bottle cages and pedals. It will see it's first century at the Dirty Kanza Halfpint next Saturday in Emporia, KS."

    No problems with mud clearance running the renegade? Looking at the specialized site there aren't any renegade tires listed at 1.8", only 1.95".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cole4800 View Post
    "Hello all, just wanted to share my new RLT. It's a 53cm set up as a 1X10 with a RaceFace Wide/Narrow 42t ring, Rival shifter and an X.9 Type 2 rear der. with an 11-32 cassette. TRP Spyre brakes, Iron Cross Team wheels, and an FSA Energy crankset. Tires are Specialized Renegade 29 X 1.8 (tubeless) and, combined with the Ergon carbon post and Toupe saddle, they make for a really nice ride at 25 psi. Weight is right at 19.5 lbs with the bottle cages and pedals. It will see it's first century at the Dirty Kanza Halfpint next Saturday in Emporia, KS."

    No problems with mud clearance running the renegade? Looking at the specialized site there aren't any renegade tires listed at 1.8", only 1.95".
    I don't think they make the 1.8 anymore, but they still have some in the warehouses that can be ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    I don't think they make the 1.8 anymore, but they still have some in the warehouses that can be ordered.
    What other narrow xc tires would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cole4800 View Post
    What other narrow xc tires would you recommend?
    I am still hoping somone can verify if the Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45 will fit.

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    I am still hoping somone can verify if the Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45 will fit.
    On their site, it says up to 1.75" which is 44.45mm. Will be very close, but should probably fit fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by offrhodes42 View Post
    I am still hoping somone can verify if the Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45 will fit.
    Well...45mm is 1.77 inches and someone already confirmed that the 1.8 Renegade fit with no problem. I realize size can differ depending on specific tire, but it sounds like it should work
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    Niner RLT 9 Black/Red

    Hi Niner fans. We just finished a recent build on the new black and red RLT 9 that we wanted to share with everyone.

    I know everyone is going to ask about the mustache bars and why we used them. The short answer is that the customer knew he would never use the drops on the stock bars so we decided to do something a little different.

    The look of the bars may not suit everyone but they are very comfortable and offer excellent leverage during hard out of the saddle efforts. The horizontally mounted shifters are actually very intuitive and very reminiscent of the old Shimano Dual Control Levers.

    Here is a link the full gallery and be sure to leave us comments (good and bad).

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    Has anyone used Ortlieb Panniers on the RLT? I'm wondering if the chainstay is long enough to keep the bags off your heels, especially for bigger guys.

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    Renegade tire clearance....

    I feel like the Renegades have plenty of tire clearance for dry conditions. I'd be a little concerned with sticky mud though. Surprisingly, the tightest clearance is the fork. I think the shallow, spread out knobs of the Renegade have little chance of picking up rocks and bringing them through the frame when it's dry. I've only ridden them in dry conditions so far. I'll be really bummed out if they've stopped making the 1.8. It's still listed on the Spec. website in the drop down menu for color/size. Another tire I have tried in the frame but have not ridden is the VeeRubber V12 (29x1.75). It's very close to the same size as the Renegade. I'd also like to see Specialized do a Trigger Pro in the 700x42 size like the Trigger Sport (wire bead).

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    No problems with mud clearance running the renegade? Looking at the specialized site there aren't any renegade tires listed at 1.8", only 1.95".

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    Has any one picked up an RLT 9 recently? I ordered one back in May with an expected delivery date of mid June and am still waiting and the shop cant really get a handle on the expected delivery date. They dont sell alot of niners so they dont have a lot of contact with the local niner rep. Just looking for a light at the end of the tunnel.

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    I heard they should start to roll out end of June. Knock on wood. Was told there was a shortage on grouppo's for the complete builds. I'm waiting on one as well. If it doesn't arrive by early July I'm looking at other options. Crux EVO is looking mighty nice right now.

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    Were you able to figure out the headset play issue? I am having the same issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lycra View Post
    Anyone have issues getting the headset tightened properly on the RLT? There is just a tiny bit of play that I can't get sorted and I already have the top cap at 6 Nm. This is for the 4 star build kit.

    Another question - what is this bit that came in the parts baggie? Spacer for 10 sp?

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    Were you able to figure out the headset play issue? I am having the same issue.

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    Took me a second to figure out how to use the plug for the carbon fork. Make sure you have that inserted correctly.

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    Sweet... figured it out. It's all good now. Thanks!

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    Reasons for an RLT?

    I've returned to cycling in the last 5 years, and though I love getting out there, I am not that technically awesome or very strong, yet. I already have a nice MTB. I don't (and likely will never) race. But I'm looking for a bike that I can ride around town, both for commuting and for fitness rides when the trails are too wet; do some light bike packing with, and in the summer, hopefully do a lot of day rides on lonely high country dirt roads (YES!).

    I've been looking at the Surly Straggler, the Soma Double Cross, and of course the RLT.

    The Niner would be a lot lighter than the other two (and this counts for quite a bit - my MTB is a pig, weight-wise) but I am a bit concerned that it might not be super comfortable for those long rides (maybe too "racy", some people say - whatever that really means). For example, I haven't ridden a drop bar bike in about 25 years and I suspect I'd be happier with a more upright position.

    The other possible issue with the Niner is that it does seem to be a bit more expensive than the other two - but I think I am ready to pay for the bike I really want.

    Would the Niner be a good fit for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ealaidh View Post
    I've returned to cycling in the last 5 years, and though I love getting out there, I am not that technically awesome or very strong, yet. I already have a nice MTB. I don't (and likely will never) race. But I'm looking for a bike that I can ride around town, both for commuting and for fitness rides when the trails are too wet; do some light bike packing with, and in the summer, hopefully do a lot of day rides on lonely high country dirt roads (YES!).

    I've been looking at the Surly Straggler, the Soma Double Cross, and of course the RLT.

    The Niner would be a lot lighter than the other two (and this counts for quite a bit - my MTB is a pig, weight-wise) but I am a bit concerned that it might not be super comfortable for those long rides (maybe too "racy", some people say - whatever that really means). For example, I haven't ridden a drop bar bike in about 25 years and I suspect I'd be happier with a more upright position.

    The other possible issue with the Niner is that it does seem to be a bit more expensive than the other two - but I think I am ready to pay for the bike I really want.

    Would the Niner be a good fit for me?
    Honestly, only you can answer that question. Having one to ride for a few hours would help you answer that question. But, most of the time, that's hard to do. But, this bike should be more comfortable then a dedicated road bike. And, as long as you don't have any physical restraints or abnormal proportions, I'm going to say that the chances are pretty good that it will be a good fit for you. And, getting the right fitment will be important for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ealaidh View Post
    I've returned to cycling in the last 5 years, and though I love getting out there, I am not that technically awesome or very strong, yet. I already have a nice MTB. I don't (and likely will never) race. But I'm looking for a bike that I can ride around town, both for commuting and for fitness rides when the trails are too wet; do some light bike packing with, and in the summer, hopefully do a lot of day rides on lonely high country dirt roads (YES!).

    I've been looking at the Surly Straggler, the Soma Double Cross, and of course the RLT.

    The Niner would be a lot lighter than the other two (and this counts for quite a bit - my MTB is a pig, weight-wise) but I am a bit concerned that it might not be super comfortable for those long rides (maybe too "racy", some people say - whatever that really means). For example, I haven't ridden a drop bar bike in about 25 years and I suspect I'd be happier with a more upright position.

    The other possible issue with the Niner is that it does seem to be a bit more expensive than the other two - but I think I am ready to pay for the bike I really want.

    Would the Niner be a good fit for me?
    I always rode mtb, and was looking for a fast commuter, versatile bike which I could also use for fitness.... Bought the rlt9 and it has been great!, very comfortable and got used to drop bars almost immediatelly.... Go for it!....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ealaidh View Post
    I've returned to cycling in the last 5 years, and though I love getting out there, I am not that technically awesome or very strong, yet. I already have a nice MTB. I don't (and likely will never) race. But I'm looking for a bike that I can ride around town, both for commuting and for fitness rides when the trails are too wet; do some light bike packing with, and in the summer, hopefully do a lot of day rides on lonely high country dirt roads (YES!).

    I've been looking at the Surly Straggler, the Soma Double Cross, and of course the RLT.

    The Niner would be a lot lighter than the other two (and this counts for quite a bit - my MTB is a pig, weight-wise) but I am a bit concerned that it might not be super comfortable for those long rides (maybe too "racy", some people say - whatever that really means). For example, I haven't ridden a drop bar bike in about 25 years and I suspect I'd be happier with a more upright position.

    The other possible issue with the Niner is that it does seem to be a bit more expensive than the other two - but I think I am ready to pay for the bike I really want.

    Would the Niner be a good fit for me?
    Racy usually refers to things like the steepness of the steering head angle and how much of your weight is forward on your wrists and front wheel.

    If you are planning on bike packing you will find the RLT has only basic mounting points.

    Prior to RLT being available I ended up answering your question with a flat bar Surly Troll and a couple of wheel sets. I can fit 700x35 cross or slick tyres or 26x up to 2.7. Surly also does the Ogre which is a 29'er and has a multitude of mounting points and can fit practically any 29'er/700c wheel/tyre you can think of.

    I don't think the weight difference between a good quality steel frame and an aluminium frame is that significant, especially if you are packing some gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    But, this bike should be more comfortable then a dedicated road bike. And, as long as you don't have any physical restraints or abnormal proportions, I'm going to say that the chances are pretty good that it will be a good fit for you. And, getting the right fitment will be important for you.
    I've not been fitted for a road bike before, though the app on my iPhone (Size My Bike) suggests looking for a bike with an ETT of 53-54 (about 4cm less than it suggests for MTB), which in turn looks like either the 50cm or 53cm RLT. Is it better to size up or down for comfort? I see also that the RLT has a higher stack figure than the other two bikes I was looking at, in the same size; what effect would this have?

    Quote Originally Posted by bsandovalb View Post
    I always rode mtb, and was looking for a fast commuter, versatile bike which I could also use for fitness.... Bought the rlt9 and it has been great!, very comfortable and got used to drop bars almost immediatelly.... Go for it!....
    That's good to know; thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by ozynigma View Post
    If you are planning on bike packing you will find the RLT has only basic mounting points.

    Prior to RLT being available I ended up answering your question with a flat bar Surly Troll and a couple of wheel sets. I can fit 700x35 cross or slick tyres or 26x up to 2.7. Surly also does the Ogre which is a 29'er and has a multitude of mounting points and can fit practically any 29'er/700c wheel/tyre you can think of.

    I don't think the weight difference between a good quality steel frame and an aluminium frame is that significant, especially if you are packing some gear.
    You are right... however I'm not likely to do much serious bikepacking. I probably would want to put a rack and fenders/mudguards on it for commuting. Looks like the RLT could handle those sort of light duties.

    The Straggler (along with the Soma) is still under consideration - probably a little ahead of the Ogre & Troll; but for the build level/price point currently under consideration I think the Surlys will still be heavier. I have to carry the bike up and down over 100 steps to get to the road; and this is among my reasons for going lighter!

    I guess for the same price (or a lot less even) as an RLT there are probably lots of nice hardtail MTBs that could be easily adapted for my intended use, and still be very light. Definitely something I should look at.

    Thanks for the replies - it's really helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ealaidh View Post
    I've not been fitted for a road bike before, though the app on my iPhone (Size My Bike) suggests looking for a bike with an ETT of 53-54 (about 4cm less than it suggests for MTB), which in turn looks like either the 50cm or 53cm RLT. Is it better to size up or down for comfort? I see also that the RLT has a higher stack figure than the other two bikes I was looking at, in the same size; what effect would this have?



    That's good to know; thanks!



    You are right... however I'm not likely to do much serious bikepacking. I probably would want to put a rack and fenders/mudguards on it for commuting. Looks like the RLT could handle those sort of light duties.

    The Straggler (along with the Soma) is still under consideration - probably a little ahead of the Ogre & Troll; but for the build level/price point currently under consideration I think the Surlys will still be heavier. I have to carry the bike up and down over 100 steps to get to the road; and this is among my reasons for going lighter!

    I guess for the same price (or a lot less even) as an RLT there are probably lots of nice hardtail MTBs that could be easily adapted for my intended use, and still be very light. Definitely something I should look at.

    Thanks for the replies - it's really helpful.
    For this type of bike, which is really more like a cross or gravel bike, I'd size up and use a shorter stem if needed. I would think a higher stack would mean a more upright position. That can also be adjusted with stem angles and spacers under the stem.

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    Seems you are in the same boat as I am - looking to use the RLT for the same purposes (though I would also like to join friends on some road rides and use it on the trainer...). Size my bike gives me a suggested seat tube length of 526mm, so I guess the 53 would be for me?

    Quote Originally Posted by ealaidh View Post
    I've not been fitted for a road bike before, though the app on my iPhone (Size My Bike) suggests looking for a bike with an ETT of 53-54 (about 4cm less than it suggests for MTB), which in turn looks like either the 50cm or 53cm RLT. Is it better to size up or down for comfort? I see also that the RLT has a higher stack figure than the other two bikes I was looking at, in the same size; what effect would this have?
    That's good to know; thanks!



    You are right... however I'm not likely to do much serious bikepacking. I probably would want to put a rack and fenders/mudguards on it for commuting. Looks like the RLT could handle those sort of light duties.

    The Straggler (along with the Soma) is still under consideration - probably a little ahead of the Ogre & Troll; but for the build level/price point currently under consideration I think the Surlys will still be heavier. I have to carry the bike up and down over 100 steps to get to the road; and this is among my reasons for going lighter!

    I guess for the same price (or a lot less even) as an RLT there are probably lots of nice hardtail MTBs that could be easily adapted for my intended use, and still be very light. Definitely something I should look at.

    Thanks for the replies - it's really helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    Seems you are in the same boat as I am - looking to use the RLT for the same purposes (though I would also like to join friends on some road rides and use it on the trainer...). Size my bike gives me a suggested seat tube length of 526mm, so I guess the 53 would be for me?
    I had thought the 50 or the 53, but the Niner site tells me that being 5'7" I'm smack bang in the middle of the suggested height range for a 53.

    I figure if it's slightly too long I can get a shorter stem, as the earlier poster suggested. But also: I know very little about this stuff.

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    I'm 5'6" and went with a 50. There was no room for my boys when I straddled the 53 and I felt stretched out on it as well. I think for the 5'7 guys you need to do a standover check and that will probably decide whether you go 50 or 53.
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    ...this thread is killing me! I'm trying to decide between a new wheel set for my main ride or an RLT and I'm split! Maybe some more RLT pics might help the decision process along...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    I'm 5'6" and went with a 50. There was no room for my boys when I straddled the 53 and I felt stretched out on it as well. I think for the 5'7 guys you need to do a standover check and that will probably decide whether you go 50 or 53.
    The quoted stand over on the 53 is 5cm (2 inches) less than that of my MTB so I should be OK... I think. My MTB on the other hand - well it hasn't killed me yet though it has tried to a couple times. Folks: short people* and long travel 29ers** don't always mix.

    * of limited skills and a burning desire to buy a fancy bike that's more than they need (it's happening again!)

    ** whose rather high top tube has a slightly polished look after a year

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    Niner RLT9-rlt2.jpg Here you go. Getting ready for the 55 mile ride to the beach with a dirt road along the way.
    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    ...this thread is killing me! I'm trying to decide between a new wheel set for my main ride or an RLT and I'm split! Maybe some more RLT pics might help the decision process along...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    ...this thread is killing me! I'm trying to decide between a new wheel set for my main ride or an RLT and I'm split! Maybe some more RLT pics might help the decision process along...
    What kind of wheel set are you looking to get for the main ride?
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    I heard they should start to roll out end of June. Knock on wood. Was told there was a shortage on grouppo's for the complete builds. I'm waiting on one as well. If it doesn't arrive by early July I'm looking at other options. Crux EVO is looking mighty nice right now.

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    Any word/luck yet on getting your bike? I did hear from Niner saying that the issue was with a delay from Shimano due to the 105 set switching to 11spd and also a delay in the Force group due to it being oversold and lastly the BLack/Red frame is really popular and sold out. Im still waiting but have a gut feeling that maybe it'll arrive this week ... I ordered the grey or mint (whichever was in stock) 2 star so only one delay applies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nre7766 View Post
    Any word/luck yet on getting your bike? I did hear from Niner saying that the issue was with a delay from Shimano due to the 105 set switching to 11spd and also a delay in the Force group due to it being oversold and lastly the BLack/Red frame is really popular and sold out. Im still waiting but have a gut feeling that maybe it'll arrive this week ... I ordered the grey or mint (whichever was in stock) 2 star so only one delay applies.
    Nope, haven't heard anything yet. Yeah, I'm waiting on a Black/Red 2* size 50.

    Hopefully, I hear something soon. I already have a seatpost replacement and looking to pull the trigger on some Reynolds Stratus Pro Disc Tubeless wheels. Only thing left to swap out will be the bars to something carbon. And I'm thinking for gravel grinding, use spd sl's and for cross/commuting throw on some spd's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    What kind of wheel set are you looking to get for the main ride?
    NOX AM29 rims laced to I9 Torch hubs for a Yeti SB95c.

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    Nice wheel set! Yeah, you have a tough choice ahead of you.

    I'm picking one up cause it will be my commuter, cx races, rainy weather trainer, gravel grinder, ride around the hood with my kids bike. Basically, an all around bike using my other bikes for only their specific purpose for longevity sake.

    Is there a reason for getting an RLT9 other than just wanting it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    Is there a reason for getting an RLT9 other than just wanting it?
    Basically the same types of indications you are looking at it for. With kids and work, trail time has been declining. It'd be much easier to get in extra miles from my front door...plus around town stuff, some CX races, trailer pulling, greenway riding, etc. Basically an all-arounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    Basically the same types of indications you are looking at it for. With kids and work, trail time has been declining. It'd be much easier to get in extra miles from my front door...plus around town stuff, some CX races, trailer pulling, greenway riding, etc. Basically an all-arounder.
    Get the RLT before the wheel set. So you can get more saddle time. Ride the crap out the wheel set currently on the Yeti and get it next year to freshen it up.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    Get the RLT before the wheel set. So you can get more saddle time. Ride the crap out the wheel set currently on the Yeti and get it next year to freshen it up.
    Seems reasonable...probably the direction i'll go. I plan to go test ride a 53 on Thursday and may just order at that time.

    Any thoughts on immediate upgrades to the 2 star build? I was thinking carbon post, then brakes - probably would go with the TRP Spyres?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    Seems reasonable...probably the direction i'll go. I plan to go test ride a 53 on Thursday and may just order at that time.

    Any thoughts on immediate upgrades to the 2 star build? I was thinking carbon post, then brakes - probably would go with the TRP Spyres?
    Initially, just the seatpost to a Syntace P6 Hiflex since I took it off a hardtail I'm selling. Probably do some carbon bars too, then wheels next year. I'm thinking organic pads will help with stopping power on the BB5's. Hope my bike comes in soon!
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    Ok. Demo ride for the holiday weekend.

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    I'm really pissed. Ordered a Black RLT9 50cm 2* on 5/25. Was told that it was to be delivered end of June. Now, I'm told it wasn't fulfilled this go around in June. Have not heard back when it should be fulfilled. I think it's time to get that refund and order the Crux EVO.
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    That sucks. When I picked up the demo bike yesterday I had the shop check and there are no 53cm completes around now either!

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    Post if you hear a date. I have yet to see or hear anything related to my 2* 59cm grey or mint complete either, aside from the email I recieved directly from niner. My plan was to use it this sumer to train for a long enduro race we have thats mostly gravel roads, the race is in 3 weeks so clearly that plan didnt work, I may start exporing other options as well.

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    hi guys-

    happy 4th.

    i am old roadie that is thinking of getting back on the road again. i came across the niner rlt and ended-up here before i go off to watch some fireworks...

    i could use some help/advice/thoughts on what i am thinking about. please be kind!

    as mentioned over 30 years ago i was a hard-core roadie. lots of miles on some real nice steel frames and campy grupos. long time ago. lot has changed. with me and bikes.

    i'm thinking of buying just the frame of rlt and build it up strictly for long, safe, and gentle but hard road rides. hope that makes sense?

    i used to know all this stuff! i even used to take my road bike in to my math class and teach the kids how to figure-out gear ratios. that knowledge is long-gone. lol

    this bike has caught my attention for the following; please feel free to comment/suggest/ignore;

    1. sexy! i'm from LA what can i say. i really dig the look of the bike. shallow. yup.
    2. seems to have a more relaxed geometry? more upright than a true roadie? i have had back surgery and a hip replaced since all those centuries i rode in the 80's. is this a comfy, yet still responsive frame for the road? also, lots of hills where i live. good pavement, but hilly. will this frame climb well?
    3. all i know is steel. i'm hesitant to ride a bike made of something else. i am not light. 200lbs. how is this bike's material 'feel' different as compared to steel?
    4. as i said, i'd build it up as a pure road bike. or, as close as i could get to it. i say this, because i have read you can put true road wheels/tires on this frame. i like the idea of slightly wider road tires than i road on back in the day.
    6. disc brakes = sexy again. sorry. but, i also have ridden some high-end (friend's) mtn bikes with gorgeous and amazing stopping power disc brakes. i love the look, but i also like the idea of the stopping power.

    i guess i am looking for the late middle-aged gentleman's porsche?

    so, any thoughts/ideas as i mentioned earlier? you guys sound passionate and knowledgeable; reason why i signed-up here.

    thanks for any replies.

    john newbie/oldie
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnLA View Post
    so, any thoughts/ideas as i mentioned earlier? you guys sound passionate and knowledgeable; reason why i signed-up here.

    john newbie/oldie
    Hi John,

    I am a big Niner fan and currently have two of their steel framed bikes with rigid carbon forks and one carbon bike with full suspension.

    My personal view is the aluminium frames were a detour the bike industry took on the way between steel and carbon. The only reason to buy aluminium now is that it is relatively cheap and light. On a rigid bike (no suspension) aluminium tends to ride harshly.

    I am sure this bike would be adequate for your needs and would handle your weight no problem (I am a little bit heavier than you). However my suggestion is that you also have a good look at other options in steel and titanium frames. Check out the Salsa Vaya and the Lynskey range for starters and maybe the Surly range as well.

    Message me if you want more information on the other frames I have built up and ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnLA View Post
    hi guys-

    happy 4th.

    i am old roadie that is thinking of getting back on the road again. i came across the niner rlt and ended-up here before i go off to watch some fireworks...

    i could use some help/advice/thoughts on what i am thinking about. please be kind!

    as mentioned over 30 years ago i was a hard-core roadie. lots of miles on some real nice steel frames and campy grupos. long time ago. lot has changed. with me and bikes.

    i'm thinking of buying just the frame of rlt and build it up strictly for long, safe, and gentle but hard road rides. hope that makes sense?

    i used to know all this stuff! i even used to take my road bike in to my math class and teach the kids how to figure-out gear ratios. that knowledge is long-gone. lol

    this bike has caught my attention for the following; please feel free to comment/suggest/ignore;

    1. sexy! i'm from LA what can i say. i really dig the look of the bike. shallow. yup.
    2. seems to have a more relaxed geometry? more upright than a true roadie? i have had back surgery and a hip replaced since all those centuries i rode in the 80's. is this a comfy, yet still responsive frame for the road? also, lots of hills where i live. good pavement, but hilly. will this frame climb well?
    3. all i know is steel. i'm hesitant to ride a bike made of something else. i am not light. 200lbs. how is this bike's material different as compared to steel?
    4. as i said, i'd build it up as a pure road bike. or, as close as i could get to it. i say this, because i have read you can put true road wheels/tires on this frame. i like the idea of slightly wider road tires than i road on back in the day.
    6. disc breaks = sexy again. sorry. i have ridden some high-end (friend's) mtn bikes with gorgeous and amazing stopping power disc breaks. i love the look, but i also like the idea of the stopping power.

    i guess i am looking for the late middle-aged gentleman's porsche?

    so, any thoughts/ideas as i mentioned earlier? you guys sound passionate and knowledgeable; reason why i signed-up here.

    thanks for any replies.

    john newbie/oldie
    I think this bike has your name written all over it. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that, I think today's aluminum frames are going to ride as good or better then the steel frames that you rode way back then. Al frames have come a long ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozynigma View Post
    Hi John,

    I am a big Niner fan and currently have two of their steel framed bikes with rigid carbon forks and one carbon bike with full suspension.

    My personal view is the aluminium frames were a detour the bike industry took on the way between steel and carbon. The only reason to buy aluminium now is that it is relatively cheap and light. On a rigid bike (no suspension) aluminium tends to ride harshly.

    I am sure this bike would be adequate for your needs and would handle your weight no problem (I am a little bit heavier than you). However my suggestion is that you also have a good look at other options in steel and titanium frames. Check out the Salsa Vaya and the Lynskey range for starters and maybe the Surly range as well.

    Message me if you want more information on the other frames I have built up and ridden.
    thanks so much for your reply ozynigma. really appreciate it.

    i took a look at the bikes you suggested. still have a crush on the niner rlt. lol

    i sure wish this was a steel bike. would be a slam-dunk for me. yes, the aluminum has me concerned. but, i am reading now that the tube sizes that niner uses on this bike 'soften' the harshness. i have no experience with aluminum. so, i have no reference point except for the previously mentioned years on sl/slx steel roadies.

    i'll need to go test one out.

    thanks again for your help.

    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I think this bike has your name written all over it. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that, I think today's aluminum frames are going to ride as good or better then the steel frames that you rode way back then. Al frames have come a long ways.
    ha shawn! i think you are right. (i hope.) i really want to have this bike to be 'the one.'

    i appreciate you mentioning about the aluminum. it's one of my biggest concerns about the frame. i'm confident i can build a pretty nice road bike around the frame.

    thanks for your help.

    john

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    I plunked down the dough for the 4* Rlt build at my local shop in April. I've since put a bunch of mixed miles on it - including local dirt and local roads. Santa Cruz county roads aren't the best kept. My other two road steeds are my "beater" bianchi eros -- town bike, and Co-Motion Americano. Both the Americano (a heavy steel rig) and the RLT have great extended ride feel... Part of that may be the wider tires, but aside from gearing both are great on bumpy roads.

    The RLT being 8+ lb lighter than the Americano is much more nimble, but handles harsh roads just as well as a steel beast.

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    First I need to declare that I'm the Niner Distributor for New Zealand so I do have a bias, but... When Niner announced the RLT I was maybe a little disappointed that it wasn't a steel bike but since then I've changed my mind. I've only had a little bit of ride time on the RLT but 2 of my sponsored riders have done a ton of miles on theirs and we all agree that it's got a really, really nice ride quality. It's stiff where it needs to be but combined with larger volume tires (why wouldn't you) and a decent carbon seat post (in my case RDO) it's a very comfortable bike for long days in the saddle. It's not steel but this is not the aluminium of old, it would appear that aluminium has come a long way in terms of ride quality and combined with relatively low weight and stiffness (in a good way) this bike has changed the way I think about the material.

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    My new ETA was mid-August for a complete 2* build so I ordered the frame set and will do a custom build which means I will use my crossmax slr 29's on it as part of my build. Will be a pretty sick bike when it's done. Now, time to shop for a 105 10spd group and some Thomson KFC bars...

    Any recommendations on tubeless gravel grinding tires I should use? Looking for something that will roll fast on pavement, but still provide some good grip on dirt and is UST.
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    WOW mid August for the 2* build to arrive??? I'll check with my shop Monday but unless they say its going to arrive this week I'll cancel that order, I've been looking at the Surly Straggler for a while and I know I can have that in my hands by Friday this week. Looks like Niner made that decision alot easier.

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    When I called about a few orders that were due in my shop niner said that the delay is with Shimano delivering kits. A couple of my customers will probably switch to custom builds because most of the sizes are available as frames
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    So, I just heard that I'll be receiving a full 2* build this week instead of just the frameset. Don't know how things changed, but so stoked regardless. Will post pictures later this week.
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    Ordered a size 62 frameset in beginning of may. No Shimano kit to go with it, so that can't be the the problem. I got my carbon wheelset custom built from china, but still haven't heard anything about eta on the frame. Anyone else recieved their 62 frame yet?

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    Re: Niner RLT9

    Got the RLT9 yesterday. 105 11speed is sweet - seems to shift smoother than the Ultegra 6700 on my road bike, but then again its new. Went on a 50 mile mixed surface ride this morning. Replaced saddle and post to a Phenom Comp, Syntace P6 Hiflex and added XTR pedals, Barfly Garmin mount, two Specialized side cages and Garmin cadence sensor - weighed 21.54lbs as described and in pictures. Will change out bar eventually to a Thomson KFC and probably get a lightweight tubeless wheelset next year. Very sweet ride. Was surprised how well the aluminum numbed the bumps on the gravel.

    Only issue with bike is the rear brake rotor is not true. Don't know if it's hub or rotor so can't get the rear brakes dialed in. Will work on this week. Also, the mech BB5 brakes seem to have more than sufficient stopping power once seated. May swap out for Spyre's later.

    All I can say is the latest 2* build is worth waiting for. The 105 11spd is butter and the bike is pretty sweet in stock form. If you can't wait, then get the frameset and build it how you want. Believe me either way you'll be grinning from ear to ear on the first ride....

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    ^ The black ones look so sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    Got the RLT9 yesterday. 105 11speed is sweet.
    Wow. That bike looks so nice. Oh, and rides well too! I like it. Must remember to keep prompting my LBS to bug the local distributor…

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    Waiting...waiting...waiting...
    ...for my 2* grey.

    I was told early July, but now LBS says that they don't know. "Don't call us, we'll call you."
    Niner says new 105's are being "sorted" (whatever that means) and that they don't know either.

    Waiting...chomping at the bit... waiting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteNW View Post
    Waiting...waiting...waiting...
    ...for my 2* grey.

    I was told early July, but now LBS says that they don't know. "Don't call us, we'll call you."
    Niner says new 105's are being "sorted" (whatever that means) and that they don't know either.

    Waiting...chomping at the bit... waiting...
    The RLT is definitely worth the wait if you have the patience. I'm just so glad Niner was able to deliver the complete bike rather than just the frame set. The stock wheels are surprisingly pretty solid with the Sammy Slicks and the BB5 brakes are pretty good once you dial them in. This bike will probably get the most use now.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Thanks for that RCMTB!
    I don't know about patience, but at this point I'm invested.
    That bike of yours is really good-looking, makes me want to ride mine!

    I'm having my LBS upgrade the BB5's to 7's and changing to white bar tape. I was considering red bar tape, to go with the accents, but that may be a bit too much.
    Otherwise, I'm sticking with the stock build-out. I'm psyched for the x11 105's!

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    We the people ... 160mm rotors

    Haven't seen it mentioned anywhere...not even on Niner's website, but if you are going to run 160mm rotors, you will need post to post adapters since the RLT is designed for 140mm rotors directly mounted. I ordered a frame to build up and I was a bit surprised when i went to mount my wheel and the rotor bottomed out before the wheel was fully in the drop outs. I'm also bummed since I thought I would be riding it soon, but now have to wait for more parts.

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    I haven't received my 2 star build yet so I can't weigh myself. Has anyone weighed the stock 2* build wheelset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteNW View Post
    Thanks for that RCMTB!
    I don't know about patience, but at this point I'm invested.
    That bike of yours is really good-looking, makes me want to ride mine!

    I'm having my LBS upgrade the BB5's to 7's and changing to white bar tape. I was considering red bar tape, to go with the accents, but that may be a bit too much.
    Otherwise, I'm sticking with the stock build-out. I'm psyched for the x11 105's!
    You should consider TRP Spyre's over the BB7's.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Ordered an American Classic Hurricane wheel set for the RLT. Should get them in a week or so. Now what tires to mount tubeless? Specialized Trigger Pro Tubeless are high on the list. Any recommendations ? Thinking about upgrading to some Spyre SLC's too.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    I know this bike is marketed as a gravel grinder but how will it be as a cross bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride View Post
    I know this bike is marketed as a gravel grinder but how will it be as a cross bike?
    I think it depends on the course. If the course isn't that technical, then it should be fine height wise. Also, the frame/fork were based on their MTB frames so should be able to hold up to the stress quite well.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    I just picked up a 2-star RLT 9 from the LBS. Planning on a tubeless setup soon.

    I had good luck with Stan's kit on my mtn bike, anyone tried with the 2-star Niner wheels yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTomC View Post
    I just picked up a 2-star RLT 9 from the LBS. Planning on a tubeless setup soon.

    I had good luck with Stan's kit on my mtn bike, anyone tried with the 2-star Niner wheels yet?
    Not yet, but plan too soon.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Anyone install TRP Spyre brakes on their RLT yet? Wanting to know what spacers I need up front to get the right spacing for 160mm?

    And I'm assuming the rear 140 should bolt directly on, correct?
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Replaced those nasty BB5's with the TRP HY/RD. Direct bolt on. No additional spacers needed. Running 160 f, 140 r. Night and day braking ability. I'd assume same mounting as the Spyre, but I'm not for certain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTomC View Post
    I just picked up a 2-star RLT 9 from the LBS. Planning on a tubeless setup soon.

    I had good luck with Stan's kit on my mtn bike, anyone tried with the 2-star Niner wheels yet?
    I was told (but have not researched) that the 2* Niner rims are made by Stan's. That being the case, I'd assume that they'd work fine...

    ...but you know what "assumption" does; it makes an ass out of umption, whatever that is.

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    I replaced the bb5s with Spyres. Kept the same sizing 160 f, 140 r. Adapter spacing is the same as for the bb5s, although the stock bb5s use two individual, different length "bushings" I like a more substantial mount so I replaced them with a one-piece mount. I think it is important with these disc brakes to start with a good, square, solid mounting. The rear uses no adapter. I have over 500 miles on the Spyres and find them very powerful, but not as smooth as hydros. I plan to install compressionless housing soon.

    I did not have success (yet) mounting the front tire tubeless with Stans, but this was my first ever attempt and may revisit one of these days. The tire just would not hold air for more than a few hours, I did not check to see where it was leaking.

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    Re: Niner RLT9

    Quote Originally Posted by shinewheel View Post
    I replaced the bb5s with Spyres. Kept the same sizing 160 f, 140 r. Adapter spacing is the same as for the bb5s, although the stock bb5s use two individual, different length "bushings" I like a more substantial mount so I replaced them with a one-piece mount. I think it is important with these disc brakes to start with a good, square, solid mounting. The rear uses no adapter. I have over 500 miles on the Spyres and find them very powerful, but not as smooth as hydros. I plan to install compressionless housing soon.

    I did not have success (yet) mounting the front tire tubeless with Stans, but this was my first ever attempt and may revisit one of these days. The tire just would not hold air for more than a few hours, I did not check to see where it was leaking.
    May I ask what one-piece bushing you used? Also, I tried putting the Spyre up front with same spacers as BB5's, but the rotor was only making contact with half of the brake pad. It came with a 17mm on top and a 12.5mm on the bottom. I looks like I need 12.5 on top as well to pull it closer so the brake pads will make contact with more of the rotor.

    Also, I am warranty'ing a Spyre. One of the brake pad adjusters was seized up. Contacted TRP, I need to send it in and they will replace it.
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    Niner RLT9

    So I ordered mine. 2 star Industry Grey, upgraded post to RDO, brakes to Spyres and red Lizard Skin tape. Should ship by the 20th according to my dealer. I'm excited to have another way to add miles.

    I would appreciate any recommendations for a good all around tire, with the idea that this bike will probably see more road than trail, at least initially. My ultimate plan would be to add a second set of wheels, dedicated to gravel/off road/mixed use, and keep the stock wheel set with slicks for road and trainer use. That's probably a little ways off though, so for the time being I'll be relying on one set of wheels/tires for most conditions.

    Any recommendations?

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    Re: Niner RLT9

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    So I ordered mine. 2 star Industry Grey, upgraded post to RDO, brakes to Spyres and red Lizard Skin tape. Should ship by the 20th according to my dealer. I'm excited to have another way to add miles.

    I would appreciate any recommendations for a good all around tire, with the idea that this bike will probably see more road than trail, at least initially. My ultimate plan would be to add a second set of wheels, dedicated to gravel/off road/mixed use, and keep the stock wheel set with slicks for road and trainer use. That's probably a little ways off though, so for the time being I'll be relying on one set of wheels/tires for most conditions.

    Any recommendations?
    The Sammy Slicks that come on the bike are a pretty good all around tire. They are like a beefier version of the Specialized Trigger's. I am going to try setting up the stock wheels/tires tubeless since I've read the rims are made by/sourced from Stan's and the some have had success setting up the Sammy Slicks tubeless.

    I regret buying tubeless specific wheels/tires before trying to setup the stock wheels tubeless seeing that I only really saved about 100g with both setup tubeless.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Also ordered the 2 Star build and already thinking of upgrades.

    Certainly going to swap out the alloy seatpost for Niner's carbon seatpost.

    Any recommendations on carbon handlebars? It does't look like Niner makes a carbon drop bar set of handlebars.

    Finally, thinking of going with the Challenge Griffo clinchers (Challenge calls them "open tubulars"). Anyone have experience with these? They look to be a really solid all-around CX tire.

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    I have had my 2* for a few months now and love it just the same as when I got it. I use it primarily to commute on (quite literally everywhere) it has seen a lot of miles I have even done 60mi rides without a complaint. The only thing that I would really consider upgrading is the brakes because the bb5's are pretty crappy. The bike is fairly light and the ride is solid. I personally wouldn't be able to ever justify upgrading to carbon anything on this bike. I also agree with rcmtb that the sammy slicks are a very good all around tire

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    I'm thinking about getting a RLT9. I would be using this mostly on local rail trails which are paved and crushed limestone and to cruise around town on. Would the RLT9 be OK for these applications or should I look at something else? Any input would be appreciated.
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    I've had my RLT on road, gravel and singletrack. It's right at home on the gravel. Very stable and compliant. I have not found a need to upgrade anything on my 2* build other than the BB5's (as previously mentioned, I went to the TRP HY/RD). For rails-to-trails, I can't think of a much better bike for the price (I shopped around, and the only thing that came close was the Salsa Warbird).

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    So what's the biggest complaint about the BB5's on the 2* build? I don't have much of a frame of reference as far as disk brakes go. I have Formula C1 hydraulic disk brakes on my mountain bike, so I don't except the BB5's to be as "smooth".

    And when you guys talk about swapping out the brakes, do you mean just the rotor, the arms, cables, levers, etc? (I'm a bit of a n00b at bike building).

    And Tincup, I plan on using the bike to do gravel, dirt, fire/forest roads and rail trails. Also planning to race CX on it. I know that Niner makes a dedicated CX bike but I can't afford that one and I don't think the RLT9 will handicap me too much.

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    I run XT hydros on all my mountain bikes, so this is not a very fair comparison. But if my tongue was able to reach the ground, it would have more stopping power than the BB5's... they are that bad. A tech at my LBS recommended the TRP HY/RD ... they are a cable actuated hydraulic brake. They mounted right up to all the hardware from the BB5's. Much better braking performance, and great modulation.

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    one-piece spyre adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    May I ask what one-piece bushing you used? Also, I tried putting the Spyre up front with same spacers as BB5's, but the rotor was only making contact with half of the brake pad. It came with a 17mm on top and a 12.5mm on the bottom. I looks like I need 12.5 on top as well to pull it closer so the brake pads will make contact with more of the rotor.

    >>>>May I ask what one-piece bushing you used?
    Pretty sure it is this one:
    TRP

    I think the difference with spacers from the bb5s has to do with the conical washer sets that the bb5s use. I did not use the conical washers with my Spyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacons View Post
    if my tongue was able to reach the ground, it would have more stopping power than the BB5's... t.
    This is funny but unfortunately true. I have an older stumpjumper with avid single digit 5 v brakes that have way more stopping power. I kind of feel like the bb5s are more to just look cool than to serve for better stopping.

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    So what about fenders and a rear rack. What are folks using?

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    Question for you all. I'm trying to decide between the 2* build or the Rival build with the stock Niner rims. The Rival build would be $400 more then the 2* build. Is the Rival build the way to go? I'm leaning towards the 2* build to keep the cost down and my wife happy but if the Rival build is definitely worth the extra $400 I could probably convince her.
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