Niner Quietly Introduces Seatposts, RDO Carbon Fork with 15mm Maxle Lite
Tucked away in plain view, Niner had their booth bikes spec’d with all new carbon and alloy seatposts.
To be available in three options -Good, Better and Best- the best is the RDO flex post designed to give a little, making it particularly good for hardtails. Shown in the middle (above), it’s a full UD carbon post with a layup made to bend slightly backward similar to Cannondale’s SAVE posts, but it’ll be available in all three main diameters. Niner says tester riders claim it has a considerable amount of give.
The other carbon one has an alloy mount bonded to the UD carbon tube, and the “good” one is all alloy. They’ll also be available in all three diameters, and all three use the same clamp piece to hold the seat rail.
Detail pics and the new fork behind the break…
The RDO model will actually get these graphics in four colors: black, kermit, tang and tamale. Like the new Jet 9 RDO, the moniker identifies it as their “Race Day Optimized” top of the line offering. While they weren’t getting specific, it’s clear they’ll be doing more with that on the bikes over time.
Pricing and availability aren’t set in stone, but it shouldn’t be too long.
The RDO fork gets a 15mm thru axle but is otherwise the same as their original carbon rigid fork.
It’ll ship with the Maxle Lite, available end of September-ish. Price is TBD but will be a bit more than the regular because of the additional molding required and the included thru axle.