Rose Root Miller 2 Custom review

Fantastic spec, but goes soft when pushed hard

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £3,130.00 RRP

Our review

Fantastic value, premium components with custom options but a cruiser rather than a combatant
Buy if, You want high levels of comfort and kit value
Pros: Outstanding custom configurable kit package for the money; naturally smooth rolling, well shaped 29 or 27.5 wheel compatible chassis
Cons: Tall, soft frame isn’t as confident at the limit as geometry and shocks suggest
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This bright blue, big-wheeled roller from Rose offers outstanding, custom spec online value if your ideal ride puts comfort ahead of combat.

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The base bike is Rose’s £2,582 RockShox and XT-based Root Miller 2 but it’s upgraded with a Fox 34 Factory fork (£221), a Fox Float FIT DPS Factory Elite (£181) shock, XTR shifters (a bargain £5) and rear mech (£79), and a RaceFace Next 35x780mm carbon bar.

Most other components are changeable, too, and you can specify dimensions when you order, which is why my bike came with a 50mm RaceFace Turbine stem.

The Spank wheels are some of our favourites — wide enough to improve the low-pressure ride feel and traction of the Schwalbe Hans Dampf tyres but with bombproof strength.

The Fox Float Factory Elite DPS 140mm rear shock with symmetrical four-bar linkage
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The symmetrical four-bar linkage rear end, plush Fox suspension and big wheels mean it hovercrafts across small to medium roots and rocks with little momentum loss. There’s a lot of clearance under the cranks for sustained pedalling, and it’ll even take 27.5in-plus tyres if you want the ultimate floated flow.

The frame and skinny triangular shock driver linkage are flexy when you start pushing harder, though, struggling to keep the wheels where you want them. The powerful Magura MT6 brakes are an awkward combination of initially snatchy and then spongy as the lever body flexes, making anchoring into hard turns an anxious experience.

The suspension is naturally prone to diving through its travel rather than giving a consistent ride feel to work with. Add the tall (348mm) bottom bracket and it feels twitchier and less confident than the geometry would suggest.

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It’s similarly soft under power, so the middling weight requires more effort to get moving than the most stiff and efficient 29ers we tested for Trail Bike of the Year 2017. But if you want high levels of comfort and kit value it’s still well worth a look.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Root Miller 2 Custom
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Rose

Brakes Brakes, 2, 0, Brakes, Magura MT6 200/180mm
Cassette Cassette, 2, 0, Cassette, Shimano XT 11-42t
Cranks Cranks, 2, 0, Cranks, RaceFace Turbine 32t
Fork Fork, 2, 0, Fork, Fox Float 34 Factory FIT DPS Boost 140mm
Frame Material Frame Material, 2, 0, Frame Material, 7005 series alloy
Head Angle Head Angle, 2, 0, Head Angle, 67
Rear Derailleur Rear Derailleur, 2, 0, Rear Derailleur, Shimano XTR
Rear Shock Rear Shock, 2, 0, Rear Shock, Fox Float Factory Elite DPS 140mm
Seat Angle Seat Angle, 2, 0, Seat Angle, 74.5
Shifters Shifters, 2, 0, Shifters, Shimano XTR
Weight (kg) Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 13.3
Wheelset Wheelset, 2, 0, Wheelset, Spank Oozy Trail 345 wheels
Frame size tested Frame size tested, 2, 0, Frame size tested, L