Grant has built some over-the-top bikes in the past, but this time he targeted a mid-range gravel bike – Niner’s new RLT. Set up with a glossy red Fizik Arione with matching Fizik tape and pair of our True Love Handbuilt Wheels wrapped in Thick Slicks, this is an ideal commuter that can pound the gravel or jump into a race with a quick swap of the tires.
The RLT came as a bit of a surprise to many, as Niner is best known for its big-wheeled flat bar machines. As with all Niner models, the RLT name is an acronym – in this case it stands for “Road Less Traveled.” According to Niner, the RLT is not intended to be a cyclocross bike, but rather a “gravel grinder” or distance off-road bike; the RLT is built around a geometry that’s lower and slacker than typical race-specific cyclocross bikes. We’re sure that won’t stop plenty of folks from jumping into a race on the RLT.
In addition to offering versatility with regard to terrain, the RLT boasts the ability to internally run mechanical or electronic drivetrains. A PF30 bottom bracket shell means the RLT can be set up geared or singlespeed. Add easily accessible fender eyelets, massive clearance for either fenders and up to 35c tires, or monster cross tires, and disc brakes, and you’ve got a bike that can handle whatever you can throw its way.
Our master wheel builder Michael just finished the wheels, a set of red anodized Hope Pro 2 EVO hubs laced 32 hole/3 cross with DT Competition spokes and red alloy nipples to tubeless-ready, non-machined Velocity A23 rims. It’s a bomber wheel build built to withstand the rigors of daily commuting and off-road adventuring.
Enjoy the bike, Grant! I’m sure everyone will love seeing your setup!