Rose Pro SL2000 review

Customisable machine from the German online retailer

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
£846.22 RRP

Our review

Frankly, it’s very hard to fault the Rose if you’re prepared to buy a bike online
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The Rose Pro SL, in more exotic builds, has done well in Bike of the Year tests, so it was a bit of surprise not just for it to make it into a shootout in this price bracket but for it to come with such an impressive specification. 

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Unlike most of its peers, with the Rose you can customise a lot of the kit, including choosing different groupsets and wheels from an extensive online menu. And it’s that eschewing of the bricks-and-mortar approach that has enabled the German company to be so competitive. True, the bike will arrive in a box and you’ll have to do some spannering before you can ride it, putting in wheels and seatpost and setting up the handlebar. But then you look at the price…

  • Highs:  Very low weight, quality groupset and exceptional wheels
  • Lows: Not as comfy as carbon but otherwise nearly impossible to fault
  • Buy if: You’re looking for a light, fast aluminium flyer

In the past we’ve appreciated the aggressive ride and extremely low weight of earlier models, but this did come with a flipside: the supersized down tube and chunky seatstays made for an uncompromising, not to say overly firm, ride. We get the impression German roads are smoother than British tarmac. We also get the impression Rose is aware of the trend towards increased comfort.

The 2014 SL2000’s ride is just as impressive, just as aggressive and just as pacy as before, but slimmer seatstays have vastly increased long-distance comfort, helped by a quality saddle. The ride may not have the carbon smoothness of Boardman’s Team Carbon, but 100-mile sportives will be well within this bike’s compass and they won’t leave your backside battered and bruised – and your personal best might just get better.

A lot of the Rose’s thrill-filled riding experience comes from its Ksyrium wheels
A lot of the rose’s thrill-filled riding experience comes from its ksyrium wheels: a lot of the rose’s thrill-filled riding experience comes from its ksyrium wheels
Robert Smith

A lot of the Rose’s thrill-filled riding experience comes from its Ksyrium wheels

The Rose weighs a mere 8.3kg (or under 18.5lb, which sounds lighter). If you’re upgrading from a typical £500 road bike this is a difference that you will feel immediately. That weight doesn’t just make it a featherweight against the direct competition, but it undercuts a lot of machines from our Bike of the Year test. And it does this while offering an excellent ride too, with the cranks and bottom bracket the only kit compromise. The frame has a tapered head tube and a full-carbon fork for instant direction changes: this is a machine that would make a great first race bike. Although the head tube isn’t that short, if you fancy the occasional time trial with clip-on tribars, this would do that job well too.

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Part of that low weight and a lot of the thrill-filled riding experience comes from the Ksyrium wheels. It’s an achievement to see Aksium wheels at this price, Ksyriums are virtually unheard of. Along with the frame they allow you to tackle hills – the ups and downs – with great pace and confidence. Out-of-saddle sprints? A breeze. This Rose? Blooming great!

Product Specifications

Product

Name Pro SL2000 (14)
Brand Rose

Available Sizes 51cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 59cm 61cm 63cm
Weight (lb) 12.3
Seatpost Ritchey, 27.2mm
Shifters Shimano 105
Stem Ritchey WCS 4Axis WTD
Weight (kg) 8.3
Wheelset Mavic Ksyrium Equipe S, 20 bladed straight-pull spokes front and rear
Year 2014
Spoke Type 20 bladed straight-pull spokes front and rear
Saddle Prologo Kappa STN
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27.5
Chainstays (cm) 41
Seat Tube (cm) 48.5
Standover Height (cm) 78
Top Tube (cm) 54.5
Wheelbase (cm) 99
Seat Angle 74.5
Rear Wheel Weight 1570
Bottom Bracket FSA BB86
Frame Material 7005 T6 Ultralight triplebutted aluminium
Brakes Shimano 105
Cassette Shimano 105, 11-28
Chain Shimano 105
Cranks FSA Omega CK-C4000ST, 50/34
Fork Pro modulus carbon tapered
Fork Offset 4
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Tyre Mavic Yksion 700x23
Front Tyre Mavic Yksion 700x23
Front Wheel Weight 1160
Handlebar Ritchey WCS Evo Curve, 44cm
Head Angle 72
Headset Type FSA Rose tapered 11/8- 1½in integrated
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Frame size tested 56cm