We’ve all been there. You finish an epic gravel ride and it feels like the ride nearly finished you. After logging some serious hours in the saddle you end up rubbing sore feet, hands and lower back. Sure, the ride was fun while it was happening, but maybe now you’re questioning whether or not your body could handle it again. Well, we don’t think you should have to sacrifice your well-being to enjoy rides that are off the beaten path. No one needs to choose comfort over adventure. Which is exactly why we decided to create a gravel bike that would allow you to have your (gravel?) cake and eat it too.
For the past few years, we’ve been playing with the idea of a full suspension drop bar gravel bike. Last year at SeaOtter, we threw drop bars on an RKT and we even had the first test mule of the MCR built up. So, with our expertise in off-road bikes, we’ve developed a gravel bike that can tackle the roughest roads without sacrificing performance for comfort. The MCR utilizes Niner’s patented CVA suspension design with a leverage ratio tuned specifically for shorter travel, suspending the whole bike, not just the rider, bringing greater comfort, control and efficiency to the gravel riding experience. This means you’ll be able to run higher tire pressure, which will come in handy when you need to switch from road to groad. No more adjusting tire pressure mid-ride. Worried that suspension will be a drag on the road? No problem, you can lock out the suspension when you don’t need it. And for those of you who are partial to big tires, the MCR can fit a 50mm tire and is 650b compatible, all the more reason why this bike feels like a magic carpet ride.
Look for the finished product at local retailers in 2019.