We recently caught up with Niner at Eurobike 2019, where it walked us through a few of the models in its 2020 gravel bike range – which includes what is possibly the world’s first full suspension gravel bike.
Nicknamed the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, the MCR 9 RDO is, as you might expect, a pretty wild looking bike all things considered. It looks a lot like a mountain bike, in fact. But Niner told us it has gravel-specific geometry, so it’s not simply a MTB with drop bars.
Simon is a freelance writer and photographer, who has been riding bikes for fun since he was a kid, but took a deep dive into road racing, crits and time trialling culture whilst living in London in his twenties. As a man of very little talent, he always looks to tech to compensate and loves nothing more than finding a smart (preferably cheap) hack that others hadn’t thought of. His stable of bikes certainly isn’t the most extravagant, but they’re all customised to meet Simon’s particular tastes and kept fastidiously clean. His current No.1 bike is a 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL, that he purchased second hand from a friend in London — he maintains that the 2019 TCR is basically the same bike, so why bother upgrading?