Rose Pro Cross Gravel
This bike certainly gets your attention. If not for its orange livery, then for what appears to be a rather good-looking machine from the German internet bike store Rose. The frame is triple-butted aluminium, but you may notice it has internally-routed gear and brake cables which give it that sleek look. The Shimano 105 7000 version (there’s also a 1×11 Sram Apex version that is cheaper than this) weighs in at a very respectable 8.9kg.
The Rose Pro Cross Gravel features a standard compact chainset up front (50-34) with an 11-speed 11-32 cassette. This gearing might be regarded as rather conservative for real off-road thrill-seekers, especially if you a carrying luggage. Interestingly, this bike has DT Swiss 27.5-inch wheels as standard, fitted with Schwalbe G-One 40mm-wide tyres. Price? At €1,749 it’s certainly not the cheapest of our gravel bikes. It does have has rear fender and front rack lugs incorporated.