I have found a Brexit bike unicorn

Rose bucks the price increase trend

If there’s been one consistent theme with 2018 bikes, it’s that they’re more expensive than their 2017 counterparts.

The 2016 European referendum result hit the pound hard and as almost everything bicycle related is imported to the UK, prices have inevitably increased, or specs have been downgraded at a given price point.

It’s been noticeable when compiling our buyer’s guides (such as the best road bikes under £2,500) that many 2018 models have seen price increases that put them outside our nominal budgets.

It’s gratifying, therefore, to come across a bike that’s got cheaper this year, despite receiving a substantial spec upgrade.

Meet the Rose Xeon CWX, previously known as the CWX 3000.

My colleague Warren reviewed this bike last year when it cost £2,395. That exact bike is still listed on the Rose website at £1,907.04 (plus £27.20 for delivery), but more importantly, the current bike is available now for just £1,768.29 plus delivery.

The Xeon scored a respectable 4 out of 5 stars when we reviewed it last year
The Xeon scored a respectable 4 out of 5 stars when we reviewed it last year

Rose bikes ship from Germany, but that doesn’t matter since we’re talking about prices in pounds, which are at the mercy of exchange rates.

The current bike is not only quite a bit cheaper, it also gets an upgrade from Shimano’s outgoing Ultegra 6800 (plus non-series hydraulics) to a full R8000 groupset.

R8000 means actual Ultegra-branded levers
R8000 means actual Ultegra-branded levers

Although the images show a rather dull black paintjob, you can still opt for the lairy green version if you so desire.

Have you spotted any bikes bucking the Brexit trend?

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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