Niner's RLT 9 Steel 4 Star Ultegra Hydro Complete Bike draws inspiration from virtually every discipline and era of cycling. These influences range from the golden age of steel only frames to a few current trends including multi surface riding, hydraulic brakes on drop bars, and oversized, 12x142mm rear axles. The frame's stable capability empowers the adventure hungry cyclist to ride road, gravel, and even light washboard and singletrack without the change of terrain registering in how the bike behaves. The RLT 9 Steel is built from Reynolds 853, which is the latest material in the venerable manufacturer's beloved steel line. 853's production process means that it can be drawn with thinner, lighter walls that don't compromise stiffness or impact resistance. It's also air cooled during production, so when Niner later welds the tubes into a frame, the strength of the steel at the joints actually increases. Of course, the real benefit of steel only manifests when you throw a leg over it. Reynolds 853's immediate, springy responsiveness, lively handling, and unrivaled durability prove with each pedal stroke why steel's only real competition in frame building is from marketing handbooks, not the latest wonder materials. The frame's geometry is a compromise between Niner's mountain frames and the aggressive disposition of the 'cross specific BSB frameset. Compared to the latter, the RLT 9 features a longer chainstay, a lower bottom bracket, and a more relaxed head tube angle. This translates into a lower center of gravity that still affords clearance over obstacles and while cornering, a wider wheelbase for stability, and tire clearance that lets you plush out to the tune of 1. 75in. In our own test rides of the geometry, we found that it eats up washboard and is nimble enough for mellow singletrack, so, if you're keen on making the RLT a durable singletrack speedster with zero suspension, then throw on some knobby tires and get to it. This bike's only limit is you....