Rotwild R.S2 Pro review

Hardcore carbon race bike

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,699.99 RRP

Our review

Stunning carbon steed with no compromises
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BIKEstuff are only just clocking up their second year as an enthusiast-driven internet mail order site, yet they have managed to bag one of the more hardcore and tech-driven German brands available: Rotwild. Handcrafted under exacting standards, this is a no-nonsense racing machine that takes no prisoners.

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The R.S2 Pro is available as a frameset only, or a complete bike sporting either Shimano Ultegra 6700 with a DT R1900 wheelset, or Dura-Ace Di2 with DT RR1450 hoops.

Characterised by a stern yet attractive black, red and white livery, and an impeccable build quality throughout, this bike comes charging out of its corner like an angry mastiff.

Tipping our scales at 1,320g for a large frame, and 405g for the all-carbon fork, it carries a couple of hundred grams of extra strengthening material over its 1kg Far Eastern rivals.

The R.S2 incorporates features such as separately laid-up carbon tubes precisely mitred and bonded into an extremely rigid structure, and machined aluminium interface points in the form of super-sized headset and bottom bracket inserts, fitted with a standard 1 1/8in steerer and regular threaded 68mm shell.

Unusually, the carbon box section chainstays and seatstays are bonded into welded aluminium sub-assemblies which make up about 25 percent of the rear triangle and include the dropouts. Both front and rear dropouts are capped with protective metal inlays for extreme durability.

On the road, an unyielding zero-offset seatpost and unusually shaped handlebar with a burly ‘track-style’ roundness add to the extreme direct feel of this bike; there is virtually zero give in the rear triangle or the seat assembly.

Handling was quick and light on the hoods and the tops, yet planted and steady in the drops and at speed. The Rotwild would make the perfect bike for club-run jousting, criteriums, or any competitive event where surfaces were good.

Whether you’d want to experience an all-day sportive on potholed country lanes or upturned pavé is another story. It prefers to be dominated, and it welcomes rough treatment; push it hard and you’ll be amply rewarded with instant, sustainable speed.

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For serious athletes or pros who need a work tool that will get the job done, Rotwild have created a vicious machine bred for speed and aggression. Only hard men and women need apply.

Handling was quick and light on the hoods and the tops, yet planted and steady in the drops and at speed: handling was quick and light on the hoods and the tops, yet planted and steady in the drops and at speed
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Product Specifications

Product

Name R.S2 Pro (10)
Brand Rotwild

Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 12-27t
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 50x34 compact
Fork Rotwild F330 integrated carbon fork
Fork Weight 405
Frame Material Carbon fibre
Frame Weight 1320
Front Derailleur Ultegra 34.9
Handlebar Rotwild R240 AL 7050
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rims DT R 1900 RWS
Saddle Fizik Arione
Seatpost Rotwild P200 AL
Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI
Stem Rotwild S120
Weight (kg) 7.6