Taking the plunge - a new bike has been ordered

by jimmythecuckoo   June 22, 2011  

It's been a while and many brands and models have been considered but I have finally lashed out for a new bike.

Of the major choices I was swayed by the Revolution brand at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Operative and their road/sportive models. This was based on my successful purchase of a single speed from them last year.

Good alloy/carbon mix and a decent £700 price point put them on my list. One of the other favourites was the full carbon Decathlon Facet 2. This bike is the 2007 Ag2R team frameset and comes with Shimano euqipment for under £1000.

Amazing value if like me you can handle to snooty looks from people who see you on a BTwin frame.

I have had a Decathlon bike before and it was sturdy and resiliant. In fact it is still being used a commute bike in Amsterdam!

But I was finally swayed to Rose. They are a German brand I didn't know too much about but my research revealed they were well respected on the Continent.

The Alloy/Carbon machine comes with Easton wheels and Sram components, but what really stood out was the fact I could configure the bike to my exact specifications and upgrade key components like the touch points.

Click here for a link to my new baby, you can also click on "configure" to pimp it yourself.

Delivery will be a few more weeks (boo!!) but I will keep you posted through the blog.

 

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sweet looking bike Jimmy, bargain. love the wheels. what colour option have you gone for?

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posted by stuke [263 posts]
24th June 2011 - 13:28

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I have gone for black, but the components I chose add a bit of red to the mix.

Saddle, bar tape, tyres etc.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1156 posts]
28th June 2011 - 9:11

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Yaay!

So there is someone else who has heard of Rose. I took delivery of a Rose Pro-SL 3000 a couple of weeks back and apart from a long old wait for delivery am as pleased as chuff with it.

Ally frame, carbon forks, full ultegra all round plus a bit of upgrade to Continental GP4000 tyres on DT Swiss R1500 wheels and Dedra bars. Cost was £1560 delivered down to the far south of France and real life ready to roll all up weight is 8.520 kgs ( 59cm frame, basic Keo pedalry and a triple ring the Pyrenees and old age being where I am at).And delivered by the cutest replacement postie I've ever clapped eyes on - now how did they manage that?

Superbly put together and five minutes out of the box it was ready to roll. Like I say - pleased as a very pleased thing - agog to read more about your views when it arrives.

Some snaps at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviddb/5808269361/in/photostream

Regards

David

cheers m'dears

2011 Rose Pro-SL 3000 Road
2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
1980 Orbea project

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posted by daviddb [111 posts]
3rd July 2011 - 20:20

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We reviewed the pro sl 3000 when rose were still calling the bikes Red Bull:

http://road.cc/content/review/16634-red-bull-pro-sl-3000

did very well, they make 'em stiff over in germany... good roads Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [6845 posts]
3rd July 2011 - 21:26

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Yup that was the review that swung it for me when I was still in the dithering stage; I've got another 10 kgs over the reviewer, so Messrs Rose owe you!

Agree with you comments about the Prologo Nago Evo saddle also and the directional stability on descents.

Certainly a huge and satisfying step up from my elderly LeMond Alpe d'Huez which was a 105 equipped ally frame with carbon at both ends.

That website of theirs is fun isn't it - I just wish they'd build in a set of scales at the same time.....

Oh, and when I phoned them up in Germany for fear of having made a horlicks of the ordering process I got straight through to an English speaker and was dealt with professionally.

yours still with a smile

David.
(rain today - staying indoors)

cheers m'dears

2011 Rose Pro-SL 3000 Road
2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
1980 Orbea project

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posted by daviddb [111 posts]
4th July 2011 - 7:43

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After some delay as a result of the volume of orders I should be giving the Rose a thorough test in the next week as it is build and en route from Germany. Cant wait.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1156 posts]
5th August 2011 - 8:42

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These look very similar to the Canyon bikes which are also sold direct from Germany.

Anyone well versed in shopping online won't have a problem with this selling model (except the LBS who have, in some cases, refused to work on online purchases!).

posted by moonbucket [53 posts]
20th August 2011 - 22:24

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Blimey, really? I buy a lot of bits from various LBSs but was thinking of a canyon for my next bike.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2385 posts]
28th February 2012 - 10:26

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So how about and update on your Rose then?

cheers m'dears

2011 Rose Pro-SL 3000 Road
2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
1980 Orbea project

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posted by daviddb [111 posts]
31st July 2013 - 18:09

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