Whether you're ripping buttery singletrack, packing up for a multi-day gravel adventure, or toeing the line at a local cyclocross race, the 2016 Niner RLT 9 4-Star Ultegra Hydro Complete Bike boasts the versatility to cover it all. Featuring what Niner dubs fire road geometry, the RLT is a little bit slacker, longer, and has a lower bottom bracket than its cyclocross race-bred sibling, the BSB 9, which makes it both agile enough for short, technical bursts and comfortable enough for days of adventuring over less travels pathways. The 3-star build comes kitted out with Shimano's much loved Ultegra two-by drivetrain, powerful hydraulic brakes, and Stan's NoTubes versatile Grail wheelset that's built to handle a wide range of tubeless tire pressures.The RLT 9's tubeset borrows heavily from the one used on Niner's aluminum AIR 9 frame. The tapered head tube accommodates a matching tapered fork, which is unsurprisingly similar to Niner's beloved RDO mountain fork. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which only add to your setup options, and the burly replaceable hanger means that even if a catastrophic derailleur-related incident ends your ride, your RLT will live to roll another day.The hydroformed tubes are designed to neutralize chatter, helping the RLT to maintain a smooth ride. Additionally, it makes the frame much stronger than it would be had round tubes been employed. And to enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27. 2mm diameter seat tube. The combination of the smaller diameter and Niner's vibration dampening carbong post means that you won't be getting beat up as much as you'd expect, especially on washboard roads.
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