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Rose Reveal Four Disc Ultegra review

Lightweight endurance bike from German direct-sales brand

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £2,541.00 RRP | EUR €2,799.00
No longer available in UK
Rose Reveal Four Disc Ultegra

Our review

The ride and bike quality are hard to beat at this price
Pros: Clever frame design; composed ride handling and comfort
Cons: Hard to try this bike before you buy; no longer available in UK
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Rose’s reputation for producing technically impressive bikes at hard-to-beat prices means we are always excited when an update of established models, such as the Rose Pro SL, comes along. However, we’re even more stoked by this latest Reveal, a whole new line for this buy-direct company from Germany.

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The concept behind the Reveal was to create an endurance bike that’s built for high performance – think Specialized Roubaix or Canyon Endurace, rather than a steady upright-position pseudo audax-cum-touring machine.

That becomes obvious when you look at the stack and reach numbers for our 57cm test bike: a low 589mm in stack and a mid-length 385mm in reach. Although the reach in actuality is accented by the use of a 25mm offset seatpost extending the on-bike feel to a much sportier position.

The seatpost clamp is integrated into the join with the stays
The back end is designed to give a bit of flex for comfort.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media

The remaining geometry also errs on the sporty side with a 73-degree head angle and a steep 74-degree seat angle.

The 46mm fork offset combined with the head angle creates a 57mm trail when running 28mm tyres, which should all add up to a fairly neutral steering response that bodes well for a balanced riding experience.

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Seat angle (degrees)7574.574.257473.57372.5
Head angle (degrees)71.57272.573737373
Chainstay (cm)414141.241.241.541.742
Seat tube (cm)4547.549.551.553.756.660
Top tube (cm)51.25354.255.456.85961.5
Head tube (cm)1214.215.4171920.823
Bottom bracket drop (cm)7.57.57.57.57.27.27.2
Wheelbase (mm)9769849919951,0081,0271,049

There are some interesting details going on at the back end of the bike too. The skinny dropped seatstays may be a signature of current bike design, but Rose’s interpretation is clever. The seatpost clamp is integrated into the join with the stays, and the seat tube above this is ‘C’ shaped with a rubberised cover filling the gap.

This results in an extra 60mm of unsupported seatpost along with the exposed post above the seat and top-tube junction (dependent on the height of the rider). This design allows the seatpost much more opportunity to give comfort-giving flex, and it’s a similar approach to Specialized’s oversized seat tube and undersized seatpost, an idea it brought in with the Roubaix.

The Rose Reveal Four Disc Ultegra road bikes frame has skinny stays
Skinny stays enhance the ride, as well as the aesthetics.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media

Rose enhances the back-end comfort further by shaping the seat tube to a flattened profile towards the bottom bracket to bestow a bit more leaf-spring-like give on the back end.

On the road the Reveal is a very pleasant place to spend a few hours. The handling, while feeling fast, is so wonderfully balanced it grants you the confidence to take on the fastest lines through corners and navigate technical descents quickly with a great feeling of total control.

The ride quality is up there with the very best in the endurance genre. The front end’s rigidity, due to its oversized 1.5in diameter head tube, doesn’t translate to harshness thanks to some great component choices and clever carbon design in the fork, which helps eliminate irritating road buzz.

The Rose Reveal Four Disc Ultegra road bike incorporates a Ritchey bar and stem
Rose specs a Ritchey alloy stem and bar.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media

The Ritchey bar has a great ergonomic shape, whether you’re riding on the hoods, tops or in the drops, and Rose has wrapped the bars in high-grade, hard-wearing EVA rubber-backed tape with a textured grip that is ideal for all weathers and has exemplary comfort.

The Reveal is running on premium rubber too, with Continental’s latest class-leading clinchers in the form of the Grand Prix 5000 in a quick yet comfortable 28mm width.

As for seated comfort, the Selle Italia Flite Flow saddle takes one of the best shapes and enhances it with a welcome pressure-relieving channel plus generous padding on its haunches. This is a saddle that you can easily move around on and find comfort, whether you’re up on the rivet (the nose) powering along or stretched out to the saddle’s heel taking a welcome cruise.

The frame design, with its enhanced freedom of movement for the seatpost, does an excellent job of evening out poor road surfaces, and in combination with superb contact points and luxury tyres the rear end balances beautifully with the Reveal’s purposeful front end.

Rose should really be applauded for the package it has put together here. The choice of finishing kit is first-rate, the frame’s a winner and the contact points are very well considered. Add into the mix a complete Shimano Ultegra groupset that has a very endurance-friendly 50/34, 11-30 gearing that gives an ideal spread for most riders and enough range to see you through the most challenging of terrain.

If you prefer, you can use Rose’s online configurator to opt for either a wider 11-34 or closer options (11-28, 11-25, 12-25).

The Rose Reveal Four Disc Ultegra road bike uses both a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Shimano Ultegra brakes
Shimano Ultegra takes care of both stop and go duties.
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Rose’s own-brand R Thirty wheels have a 31mm deep alloy rim with a 19mm internal (ideal for 28mm tyres). They are tubeless compatible and are built with a simple cartridge-bearing aluminium hub laced up with 28 quality Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes per wheel. The claimed weight for these is a middleweight 1,650g a pair, which makes the Reveal’s all-up weight of 8.21kg for my 57cm test bike all the more impressive.

The wheels did their job admirably – freehub pickup is quick enough that you don’t notice, and the wheels feel taut without being harsh. If you have the budget and you really must have carbon hoops, then Rose’s online configurator has options from DT Swiss and Rose’s own carbon wheel line at various additional price points.

Climbing on the Reveal is a joy – the bike feels lithe and lively and the taut front end resolute even when honking hard on the bar out of the saddle.

It’s a bike that encourages and rewards intense efforts yet doesn’t punish you if you just want to roll along on a Sunday cruise. The only real shame with the Reveal is that Rose didn’t reveal it to us sooner, because the ride quality combined with the value for money on show here would have made the Reveal Four a serious contender in our Bike of the Year awards this year – and we can’t think of higher praise than that.

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It’s a shame Rose has pulled out of the UK market since we received this bike to test but, if you can buy the Reveal where you are, it’s a superb endurance bike that rides extremely well and, once again, provides excellent value.

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €2799.00GBP £2541.00

Features

Available sizes 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 64cm
Brakes Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydraulic disc
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11-30
Cranks Shimano Ultegra (50/34)
Fork Carbon
Frame Carbon
Handlebar Ritchey Comp Streem II bar 42cm
Rear derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Saddle Selle Italia Flite Flow
Seatpost D-shaped carbon
Shifter Shimano Ultegra
Stem Ritchey WCS C220 100mm
Tyres Continental Grand Prix 5000 28mm
Wheels Rose R Thirty Disc