Niner added an entire basket of new goodies this week for CX and MTB fans. It seems as though the launch of their RTL9 Gravel Grinder/CX/Adventure bike last fall took off. We spotted it in the flesh at Interbike last year and new for 2014, we are loving the black/red/grey paint (how did they know those are our three favorite colors).
The new RTL9 comes loaded with Shimano’s Di2, 11-speed drivetrain and their new Niner CX carbon wheels. We also spotted Thomson KFC carbon handlebars, hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors, Niner post, stem and saddle and Schwalbe Sammy Slick tires. The Di2 build will roughen up your wallet for $5,499. If that reaches out of your ballpark, the new bike is also available in a SRAM Force 22 build and new Shimano 105 11-speed. The carbon hoops are reserved for the Di2 build. The frame only will also be available for $1,099.
The new CX wheels come in both alloy and carbon. The carbon wheels are indeed a full-carbon rim. Both alloy and carbon wheels measure 23mm wide (17mm internal). The carbon wheels are laced with DT Aerolite straight pull stainless steel spokes and the hubs can be setup quick release to 15mm (12×142 rear). They weight in at 1,410 grams for the set. The 6061 alloy rim has a welded seem and comes in at 1,792 grams for the set. A lower end hub is used on the alloy wheels but they are still able to run quick release or thru-axle.
Alloy above. Carbon below.
We’re seeing more and more complete mountain bikes running factory carbon wheels and we like it. Giving people options is always a good thing. Two new MTB wheels from Niner also launched in both carbon and alloy. The Niner carbon MTB wheels weight in at 1,670 grams and measure 27mm (23mm internal). The hubs use 39 points of engagement and lace to the rim with straight pull 14/15G stainless DT Swiss spokes and nipples. The front hub is 15mm thru axle only and the rear comes with quick release and 12/142 bits and skewers. They also come with a roll of Stans’ NoTubes rim tape for tubeless setup.
The Niner 6061 alloy MTB wheels are a touch wider at 28mm (23 internal) and weight in at 2,030 grams. You lose a little bit of engagement with 21 points. They are built using the same DT Swiss spokes and nipples with a rear quick releases or 12×142 option. The front is 15mm thru axle only. They will also run XD driver bodies for XX1 and X01.
All of the new wheels are available as part of complete builds and separately. Available this summer.
Carbon above. Alloy below.
EBB’s are a tricky thing to master. Searching for them on bike forums will likely result in a days worth of reading. If your frame supports a PressFit 30, take a look at Niner’s new BioCentric 30 EBB. Unlike most EBB’s on the market, the new BioCentric 30 bolts through on both sides clamping the EBB to the frame. All of this is meant to reduce stripping, loosening and warping that can cause that annoying bottom bracket squeal. Angular contact bearings press into the shell offset from center by 8.5mm allowing room for various frame geometry. You can purchase them now for $139, shipping in July. We should mention they are only approved for use on metal frames.
Checkout all of the new goods at Niner and visit your local bike shop to see them in person soon. If you’re in SoCal, we recommend stopping by our friends at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin or their new shop in Live Oak.