First Look: Niner RLT 9 2-Star SRAM APEX 1

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Liam Mercer

Deputy Tech Editor here at Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as riding them. He's not shy of an enduro here or there and he's equally happy in the winter slop as he is ripping up the summer's dust.


6 months 1 week ago

I received this as a loaner whilst my gravel bike was being refitted.  Mine was equipped with a GRX drivetrain which performed well.  The bike however did not impress me.  It felt heavy/sluggish.  I guess the marketing department would call it 'like riding on rails' but if I wanted rails I'd take the train.  Admittedly, not all components were dialled in like on my regular bike (titanium frame) and I only rode something like 90 km on it but it was enough to know that this was most definitely not for me.  If I ever get the chance I'd like to give their carbon frames a try to see how they compare.