The idea of buying a proper bike online rather than in a shop doesn’t seem at all odd these days, and German giant Rose is just one of the brands that specialises in direct sales. The Pro SL 2000 is what Rose calls a “marathon” bike, which is to say an endurance or sportive machine with slightly less aggressive geometry than a full-on racer.
The Pro SL’s aluminium frame is a lovely looking thing that’s claimed to weigh around 1,280g. Its white paint job isn’t the most exciting thing in the world and the graphics are a tad corporate, but the overall appearance is like that of a much more expensive bike. The welds on the upper half of the frame are lovely and smooth, to the point where you’d have to look very closely to determine that the bike is in fact made of metal, rather than carbon.
The cables are mostly internal and the combination of the slightly sloping top-tube and skinny, dropped seatstays is very BMC-esque, marking the Rose out from the competition — this doesn’t look like an entry-level bike at all.
The Mavic Aksium wheels are a familiar sight but again, they’re better than what you might expect on a bike this affordable — it’s honestly hard to see how Rose is making a profit here.
On a technical note, while I haven’t always got along with press-fit bottom brackets, Rose goes some way to justifying its choice of one here by actually exploiting the extra width it offers over an external unit. The Pro SL’s huge downtube uses the full span of the bottom bracket shell as an anchor, contributing to the bike’s excellent power transfer.
This doesn’t really detract from a ride that is extremely likeable overall, however. The bike feels alive and willing when you push hard, and unless you’re on a properly rough road, it’s a delight whether you’re climbing steep inclines or blasting down the descents.
With 561mm of stack and 384mm of reach in a 55cm, the geometry is middle of the road, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this isn’t an exciting machine – it is.
The quirky Ritchey bar won’t suit every hand shape, but I found them confidence inspiring on high-speed sections, my hands securely locked into the angled section of the ergo drop.
The finishing kit is all nice stuff, although it’s worth noting that unlike with Rose’s more expensive offerings, you can’t tweak component sizes when you order.
Fundamentally, the Pro SL is an awful lot of bike for the money. It’s a proper grown-up road bike that doesn’t feel entry-level and it’s specced exceptionally well for the money. Nice one, Rose.
|Name||Pro SL 2000|
|Available Sizes||48cm 51cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 59cm 61cm 63cm 65cm|
|Rear Wheel Weight||1750|
|Top Tube (cm)||54|
|Standover Height (cm)||77.5|
|Seat Tube (cm)||47.5|
|Bottom Bracket Height (cm)||28|
|Wheelset||Mavic Aksium Elite|
|Stem||Ritchey 4 Axis WTD, 90mm|
|Seatpost||Ritchey 2B alloy, 27.2mm|
|Saddle||Selle Italia X1|
|Rear Tyre||Mavic Yksion Elite 700x25mm|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano press-fit|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Headset Type||Rose cartridge, 1.5in lower bearing|
|Handlebar||Ritchey Comp Streem II, 42cm alloy|
|Front Wheel Weight||1260|
|Front Tyre||Mavic Yksion Elite 700x25mm|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Frame Material||7005 T6 Ultralight aluminium|
|Fork||Pro SL Modulus full carbon|
|Cranks||Shimano 105 50/34, 170mm|
|Cassette||Shimano CS-5800 11-32|
|Frame size tested||55cm|