b'ROAD BIKESBEST GRAVEL BIKENiner RLT 9 RDO $6,600Niners flagship grinder, the RLT 9 RDO, has an impressive race rsum that includes victories at both the Dirty Kanza and LandRun (now the Mid South). In addi-tion to being a worthy competitor in high-speed gravel events, the latest iteration of the RLT 9 RDOis a willing companion on bike-packing adventures. The updated frame features clearance for 700c wheels and 50-millimeter tires, a carbon fork teeming with mounts for cargo cages, and multiple spots to bolt on a full or partial framebag for a clean, strapless look. If youre as interested in rambling as racing, this bike is ready for wher-ever the unpaved roads may take you. Testers favored the Niners neutral handling and its ability to adapt to rides and events that could last anywhere from a few hours to several days. BEST ALL-ROAD E-BIKESpecialized Turbo Creo SL Expert EVO $9,000We expect to see the e-road category explode in coming years. (A bit of assistance can keep older cyclists riding longer and make the sport more approachable for beginners.) Specialized is ahead of the pack with the lightweight carbon Turbo Creo. This all-road machine provides up to 240 watts of power to help propel riders to a maximum assisted speed of 28 miles per hour for up to 80 miles. Testers appreciated how seamless the boost felt and noted that, unlike other e-models in this years test, the Creo handles like a tradi-tional road bike, thanks to the low-slung motor and battery. Beyond its electric capabilities, the Turbo Creo comes with wide, fast-rolling tires that are capable on both gravel and blacktop. Specializeds steer-mounted front suspension was also a hit: it reduces fatigue and improves handling by absorb-ing road vibration.86 OUTSIDE BUYERS GUIDE 2020 | BIKESBG20_BIKE_GOYRoadBike_rlsd_458011.indd 86 3/31/20 6:20 AM'