Rose Carbon Pro-RS 3000 £1699

Packed with performance

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

It’s taken a while for carbon to evolve at this mid range price point, but the buttery smooth Rose shows that aluminium has a serious competitor when it comes to value. It’s right there when it comes to top flight all-round goodness. The Rose Carbon Pro RS 3000 is simply a brilliant one-size-fits-all all-rounder, with one-size-fits-all handling and performance.

With DT Swiss wheels that are fast and solid, this bike feels tough enough to take the hard knocks of life, and win. The hardwearing finish looks like it’ll take a few knocks too, protecting the carbon from cafe-stop bumps and the like. The BB90 bottom bracket shell with press-fit bearings adds stiffness to the frame, keeping the power delivery unruffled by uneven pedal input: the only way you can go is fast forward!

The seatpost is a cool Race Face unit with sliding linkage angle adjustment, but some might find the 3T Ergonova bar a little on the narrow side. All-internal cable routing produced the occasional rattle on hard bumps, while interesting and effective barrel adjusters near the handlebar flats mean you can adjust your gears on the fly while keeping your hands out of harm’s way.

Aesthetically, the carbon frame and fork are elegant and curvaceous in an understated way, oozing quality. With performance to match, the Pro RS 3000 simply never got ruffled, whether involved in close quarter street brawls or fast flowing road rides. The Rose shows that not only can you please some of the people some of the time, you might just be able to please all of the people all of the time.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.

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