First look: Rose Granite Chief

Long-term test rig

The Granite Chief is a 5.5in-travel (140mm) all-mountain bike from German company Rose, whose range is going to be available in the UK for the first time this year.

BikeRadar's Matt Cole slung a leg over the top-end Granite Chief 8 at Rose's 2010 launch in Italy last year and was very impressed – so impressed, in fact, that he claimed the experience left him "smiling like a wild baboon in heat".

With a recommendation like that it was an easy choice for our long-term test fleet. We've just taken delivery of the slightly lower spec Granite Chief 4 – look out for a full review in the near future, along with updates on how it performs over the next half year.

Spec highlights include a Fox Talas RLC fork and custom-tuned Float R shock, FSA Afterburner crankset, Shimano XT shifting kit, DT Swiss wheels, Formula RX brakes and Syncros finishing kit. Claimed weight is 13.1kg (28.8lb). RRP is £2,159.

To find out more about the Rose range, visit www.rosebikes.co.uk (under construction at time of going to press), call +49 2871 275570 or email UK main man Andy Mayne at andy@rosebikes.co.uk.

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CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
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