The Rose Xeon doesn’t kick around a brush when it comes to performance. It even looks quick station still.
- Highs: A super- light and vigourously quick support with an implausible member specification
- Lows: Possibly not a many gentle choice for a prolonged day on British roads
- Buy if: You want tip opening for your money, regardless of comfort.
The initial startle with a Rose Xeon is a finish miss of mass – it’s usually only above a UCI weight limit. There are no hyper-light tools though there is a SRAM Force groupset along with a Ritchey WCS CO bar and amalgamate stem, Rose CO seatpost, Prologo saddle, Ksyrium wheels and Conti tyres.
The T30/40 high modulus aerospace class CO support has pointed graphics and is light. But ours was in a tender CO finish, saving some-more grams.
The slim conduct tube, large down tube and BB30 bottom joint adjoin true and low rectilinear chainstays that broadcast energy effectively. The flattened seatstays turn 90 degrees before assembly a CO dropouts for some compliance.
All cables are internal, a neat behind mech routing usurpation automatic or electronic systems.
From a off a Rose was rapid, a Conti tyres hissing along quickly. At initial the 24mm Force behind tyre felt odd, seeming to slip around when we were out of a saddle. But we soon got used to it and appreciated its extra volume.
The float is evident and really stiff. Any submit sends it scurrying forward, and when climbing we felt we were holding it back, with pot of opening we couldn’t tap.
The front finish is sharp-witted and requires consistent improvement though we shortly became attuned to it. The light doing and reduction of a Ksyrium wheels meant a Rose is steerable as most by a saddle as a bar, and we quietly railed technical corners faster than usual.
In gripping with bikes from several German brands, a float is on a risque side of firm. Although it was excellent on normal roads, a severe skirmish was a really choppy experience indeed. The rigidity and miss of weight make a bike skip at speed on bigger bumps, nonetheless it still binds a line relentlessly.
The Xeon would make a good competition bike, since it’s so quick to accelerate. But a prolonged day out would be a tough awaiting even with a slender seatpost and incomparable behind tyre. However, you can spec a Xeon to suit.
With a same clinical finishing as Jürgen Klinsmann, a Xeon fires itself true into contention.
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