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Aluminium frame and full Shimano Ultegra for £1,690? Yup, and it's in the roadcc office for testing

by David Arthur @davearthur   March 3, 2013  

It’s no secret that we like our aluminium bikes here at roadcc (one even won our bike of the year award) and the Rose RS-3000 you see before you, all stealthy black and looking sharp, is a fine example of a very well specced aluminium racer. German brand Rose sell direct to customers, which should mean you get a lot of equipment for your money, in this case a full Shimano Ultegra groupset with an asking price of just shy of £1,700 for a bike weighing 7.57Kg.

They manage this because they (like other German brands Canyon and Focus) they sell their bikes online direct to the customer. That means you can’t wander into any bike shop and walk out with a Rose, you have to order it online and wait for the bike in a box to arrive. While some people may (and do) bemoan the idea of buying an entire bike online, you can’t argue with the savings that are available.

Rose use 7005 T6 triple butted tubes in the construction of the the RS-3000. The three main tubes follow a mostly round profile throughout their lengths, with the downtube ovalised at the bottom bracket junction and the seat tube is slightly flared where it meets the bottom bracket shell.

The BB shell supports internal bearings so the shell can span the full width of the axle. The top tube has just a smidgen of slope, and the seat stays are as skinny as it’s possible to get away with. It poses a bit of a juxtaposition with the massive downtube, but I think it works. The black anodised finish surely helps there.

A tapered head tube accepts the carbon fork.

The cables are routed internally and it’s all very neatly done, particularly at the rear dropout where it enters the frame just ahead of the seat stays At the front of the frame the cables enter in the sides of the head tube, and the rear brake is routed into the bottom of the top tube at the front, and pops out the top at the other end.

An upshot of buying a bike online is Rose have a very comprehensive bike configurator, and you can specify most of the components of the bike to suit your personal preference. Our frame is fitted with a full Shimano Ultegra groupset with a 53/39 standard chainset. Now you could specify a compact or even a triple if you preferred, the choice is yours. Mavic Ksyrium Elite S wheels are wrapped with Mavic’s own Yksion Pro tyres, with a light tread pattern.

Finishing kit, by which we mean the handlebars, stem and seatpost, is all Ritchey WCS branded. The carbon seatpost use the novel Monolink saddle rail clamp to hold the Selle Italia SLS saddle into place. The Monolink is a standard developed by Selle Italia and Ritchey produced a compatible seatpost last year.

The key idea is to replace the twin saddle rails with a beam, it’s not the first example we’ve seen (SDG did something similar a few years back), but Selle are clearly backing it in a big way. We’ve seen it on a few test bike recently. Anyway, you can read a lot more about how it works in this article.

Shiny bar tape, what were you thinking Rose? No no no... (Okay, some people round here think it looks cool, we'll find out how grippy it is once we get it out in the wet.)

There’s three paint finishes you can choose for, but we’ve plumped for this super stealthy anodised black finish. Not only is black in fashion right now, but the anodising gives a very smart finish and it’ll shrug off bashes and scrapes for year probably even decades, and continue to look brand new.

As Mat is the designated tester for this bike, we’ve got him a lofty 61cm frame to accommodate his long legs. The important geometry numbers look like this: 58cm effective top tube, 73.5 degree head, 73 degree seat angle, 989mm wheelbase, 16cm head tube, 599mm stack and 410 mm reach. Weight for the bike pictured on the scales that don’t lie is 7.57kg (16.68lbs). Rose claim 6.98kg (15.18lbs) for a size 57cm.

Comparisons, well where to start. For similar aluminium framed goodness, the Cannondale Caad10 is a good place. It’s one of the very finest aluminium frames on the market, but the price of a model approaching the same build as the Rose is nudging £2,000, a good £300 dearer.

Closer to home, the Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 is almost the identical price and also packs a full Shimano Ultegra groupset onto a well designed 7.8kg aluminium frame - Mat tested that too, which is the main reason he's going to be testing this one too, cos we're very curious to see how it stacks up against the Canyon.

If you might be swayed by carbon at this price, and have a few hundred extra notes stashed under the mattress, the Trek Madone 3.5 at £1,800 offers an OCLV frame an fork with mixed Ultegra/105 groupset.


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I have no experience with carbon frames, this compares in price to the new Giant advanced that won bikeradar's bike of the year, and the trek domane that also looked a good shout. it is there really any difference? this coming out of the box at just over 7.5 kg would say so (to me).

Ill look forward to the review of this!

posted by Oliver Duffy [24 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 17:09


Sorry but

"we’ve got him a lofty 61cm frame,we've got a 60cm"

And if you start in metric stay in metric and a 16" headtube is pretty darn tall.

"989mm wheelbase, 16in head tube, 599mm stack and 410 mm reach"

posted by Jakal79 [63 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 17:13


Jakal79 wrote:
Sorry but

"we’ve got him a lofty 61cm frame,we've got a 60cm"

And if you start in metric stay in metric and a 16" headtube is pretty darn tall.

"989mm wheelbase, 16in head tube, 599mm stack and 410 mm reach"

FTFY Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7855 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 18:08


I've ridden a Rose (riding in France - Rose used the tour organiser as a product tester). The carbon version of the Xeon I think. It was an excellent ride. Though they seem to do their frames in odd numbers, rather than the usual 52, 54, 56, 58 etc.

They do include top end components (higher spec at least) on comparatively priced bikes. I can well recommend them. They will send you their full catalogue for free.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1621 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 19:55


Looks nice and stealthy...disco bar tape and saddle though??...still overall it's a looker. Hope it rides as well...


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posted by The _Kaner [642 posts]
4th March 2013 - 9:39


I'm very curious at your findings with the Canyon bike since I'm planning to buy an Ultimate AL 9.0 SL in a month or so Wink

posted by fschuring [3 posts]
4th March 2013 - 13:02


Got a Rose and love it... one of the best bikes I have owned.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1348 posts]
4th March 2013 - 15:12


I've got a Rose Xeon CRS-3000 (the carbon version of this bike) and it's brilliant. I absolutely love it and I'd thoroughly recommend Rose - great people to deal with.

posted by andyfclark [8 posts]
5th March 2013 - 21:32


Another independent thumbs up for Rose from me; had my SL-Pro 3000 for nearly two years now. Still love it.
The ordering process was a cinch, easy to get hold of someone at Rose who spoke better English than I to sort out a few pre-ordering questions. The bike configurator dodad on their website was huge fun for the budgetry implications of various what-ifs.
Took a few days to arrive though - might have been ten days - but was perfectly set up out of the sturdy box - just had to turn the bars through 90 degrees put the pedals on and away we went.
As soon as I can smuggle a Di2 past She Who Commands The Budget I'll be reaching for their catalogue again


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 [132 posts]
5th March 2013 - 21:48


I've had my Rose Pro-SL 2000 for almost two years now and have been very pleased with it indeed. The best bike I own.

What isn't made clear is that Rose let you fully customise the big like no other manufacturer. You can choose from a variety of components in the bike configurator including size/length/width. However because Rose are a component retailer, you can customise your bike with any component from their 1,000 page catalogue. For example, if you wanted a Ultegra chain or cassette for your 105 groupset then you can swap it out and just pay the difference.

posted by FatCycleRider [22 posts]
6th March 2013 - 10:43


When do you guys post the Canyon Ultimate AL review? Very curious about it Smile

posted by fschuring [3 posts]
18th March 2013 - 10:15


Any update on the review for this bike and the Ultimate AL? I've pretty much whittled my bike choice down to these two, so very interested to read the verdict on both....

posted by Eagle006 [3 posts]
18th March 2013 - 13:56


fschuring wrote:
When do you guys post the Canyon Ultimate AL review? Very curious about it Smile

what, this canyon ultimate al review?


Rose is going through the mill, should pop out the other end in the next month or so...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7855 posts]
18th March 2013 - 14:35