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  • Steel gravel content (belated new bike day!)
  • Premier Icon ahsat
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    Having asked for some input over the last few months on a new gravel bike, I thought I better post the final outcome (its already muddy and I don’t have photos shiny enough for a front-page piece). Looked at the Camino’s (esp the Ti) but due to the lack of stock and my need for something annoyingly different, I ended up ordering a Niner RLT 9 Steel frameset from Stage 1 cycles (who have been great to deal with). Lucked out that not many people need a 53 cm, and got it pretty quickly. Frameset is nice (853 with carbon fork), with some really cool little details. The gold decals took a bit of getting used too, but now its built up I like them.

    Cockpit, saddle, seat post, rear mech and cranks came off my old Rose cx bike. Added Mavic Allroad wheelset as my old wheels were heavy and rubbish tubeless. Needed to go flat-mount on the rear brake so swapped the Ultegra calipers for the Hope RX4+ (which weren’t as bad to set up as everyone said), plus new chain and cassette (wanted to change to 11-34). Upgraded to a R8100 front mech for tyre clearance (and needed to buy a collar for the old mech). Downside is its a PF BB, but Stage 1 have fitted a Hope for me, and lets see how it goes!

    Took it for a ride home from work the day after I finished taping the bars, and then straight over Salters Fell this weekend. Front end is very noticeably better than my old Rose cx – think a combination of the much better quality fork, and the wider and tubeless tyres. Bring on more gravelling adventures!

    Premier Icon ahsat
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    Izzy wizzy….

    Premier Icon thepodge
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    I have the alu version and it is by far the best bike I have ever owned.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    That wall needs a strip and repaint with limewash IMO.

    Sweet ride. 👌

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Very nice OP

    I also have the Alu version and as thepodge says, they are fantastic bikes.

    Premier Icon RustySpanner
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    Delightful. 🙂

    Premier Icon ahsat
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    That wall needs a strip and repaint with limewash IMO.

    In an ideal world it needs fully tanking and making into a shiny workshop. But we keep spending our money on bikes…

    Thanks all. Good to hear good tails of other Niner RLT’s.

    Premier Icon jameso
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    Nice bike. Nice road.

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    Nice bike, enjoy!

    What’s the max tyre clearance and what size are those (Gravel King SKs?)?

    Premier Icon brads
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    That’s Bonny. I like that

    Premier Icon sandboy
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    I really like that!!

    Premier Icon ahsat
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    What’s the max tyre clearance and what size are those (Gravel King SKs?)?

    Max clearance for 700c is 50 mm front and rear (2.0” for 650b). Those Gravel Kings SKs are 43 mm. There is a huge amount of clearance esp around the seat stays, but the limiting factor will be at the bottom bracket but I don’t see any issue getting a 50 in there.

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    700x50mm isn’t bad at all for a gravel, I’ve been using a 50mm Schwalbe Century on the rear of my commuter hybrid (Voodoo Marasa) and the extra volume makes a world of comfort difference. I was surprised to see the Gravelking SK does come in a 700×50 option.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    *adds to imaginary future bike list*

    Premier Icon ahsat
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    I was coming from 35/38s, so a 50 felt a big step up hence the 43s. And I have a luxury of a good xc hardtail. However I am definitely tempted if we do gravel bike packing.

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