Rose Xeon Team GF 3100 Di2 review

German value-meister launches its all-new sportive machine

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,032.10 RRP

Our review

Superb ride, lovely handling and top value. Small niggles aside this is a great bike
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The Xeon Team GF is a bit of a departure for Rose. Up until now race-bred geometry has dominated the German online retailer’s range. But the GF – for ‘gran fondo’ – is all about endurance.

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Our 57cm test model had a long top tube, but its tallish 185mm head-tube and relaxed head angle suggest a pretty sedate ride with an easy riding position. Yet the tightish 1m-long wheelbase means it keeps its sharpness.

  • Highs: Comfort blended with exciting handling and Rose’s usual stunning value
  • Lows: Rim tape issues, and we’d probably go for lower gears too
  • Buy If: You’re looking for a great sportive machine, with superb kit and a state-of-the-art groupset

Whereas many British riders won’t consider anything that isn’t carbon, German consumers still take alloy seriously. Cannondale sells a lot of CAAD bikes, Canyon’s Ultimate AL is a highly evolved machine and Storck’s Vision is very popular. A major market like Germany also means big sales rewards. This all means that alloy is still being developed, and the GF has some serious design work on display.

The seatstays meet the top tube in front of the seat tube
The seatstays meet the top tube in front of the seat tube:
Robert Smith

The seatstays meet the top tube in front of the seat tube

This is most obvious at the rear. By using Shimano’s direct-mount brake, fitted under the bottom bracket, Rose can do away with the brake bridge, keep the seatstays slender and kink them to maximise their length – which offers some comfort-increasing flex. The seatstays meet the top tube in front of the seat tube, and though there is a rubber insert between this and the main frame, it’s only a seal and isn’t there to offer Trek Domane-like cushioning.

The seatpost also majors on comfort. The carbon Ritchey Flexlogic Link post is claimed to be 15 percent more (yep, you guessed it) ‘vertically compliant’ than a standard post, and it also houses Shimano’s internal Di2 battery. This all adds up to a buttery-smooth rear end.

The head tube is significantly taller than on Rose’s other Xeon models, while the superb fork both nulls vibration and tracks perfectly. It’s a good companion to the Ritchey WCS Streem bar, which has a rearward sweep and very comfortable wing-profile tops.

The Xeon Team majors in comfort
The xeon team majors in comfort:
Robert Smith

The Xeon Team majors in comfort

The drivetrain is as faultless as we’ve come to expect from Ultegra D12 – swift, smooth, and reliable. The compact 50/34 chainset is ideal for sportive riders, though you might consider a friendlier cassette than the 11-25 our bike had (Rose offers five options from a super-aggressive 11-23 to an amiable 11-32).

The DT Swiss Spline R23 wheels are well put together with super-smooth hubs and they’re paired with Continental’s excellent GP4000s in a welcome 25mm width. We expected great things. Sadly on our early rides we were plagued by punctures. The quick release for the rear brake is under the bottom bracket, so it meant turning the bike upside down to change the wheel. The problem wasn’t the Contis or the Schwalbe tubes, but ill-fitting plastic rim tapes that shifted as you rode, causing pinch punctures. It’s easy to sort – and most people buying online will probably be able to do so – but it’s annoying on a bike at this price and you can’t take it back to the shop.

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Note: Although not available in the US or Australia, Rose does ship its bikes internationally. Check the website for costs.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Xeon Team GF 3100 Di2 (14)
Brand Rose

Available Sizes 51cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 59cm 61cm 63cm
Weight (lb) 17.15
Seatpost Ritchey WCS Carbon 27.2mm
Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed
Stem Ritchey WCS 4 Axis 10cm
Weight (kg) 7.78
Wheelset DT Swiss R23R23: F 20 bladed spokes, R 24 bladed spokes
Year 2014
Spoke Type Front 20 Bladed Spokes : Rear 24 Bladed Spokes
Saddle Fizik Arione
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27
Chainstays (cm) 41.5
Seat Tube (cm) 52
Standover Height (cm) 81.5
Top Tube (cm) 57
Wheelbase (cm) 100
Seat Angle 74.5
Rear Wheel Weight 1480
Bottom Bracket Shimano Ultegra PF86
Frame Material 7005 T6 Ultralight triplebutted aluminium
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11-25
Chain Shimano CN6800
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 50/34 175mm
Fork ASR Active Stress Reduce Fork, full carbon 1 1/8-1½in
Fork Offset 4
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25mm
Front Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25mm
Front Wheel Weight 1020
Handlebar Ritchey WCS Streem 42cm
Head Angle 71
Headset Type Rose integrated
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed
Frame size tested 57cm