RONDO RUUT CF1 £3199

THREE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE...

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

The ride

The Pol­ish com­pany’s CF1 car­bon frame is de­signed with a flat­tened and kinked top-tube, which smooths out ruts and bumps. The abil­ity to fit 650b wheels with 2in-plus tyres adds an­other di­men­sion of com­fort and off-road po­ten­tial. That said, the wide 30mm tyres it comes with of­fer am­ple cush­ion­ing with­out ru­in­ing its on-road speed po­ten­tial.

It’s clever

Rondo’s TwinTip fork de­sign means that with a quick switch of the dropout insert and brake adap­tor, you can change the bike’s han­dling char­ac­ter. In the higher po­si­tion trail is de­creased by 13mm, the head an­gle steep­ens by half a de­gree, the cock­pit is low­ered by 10mm, adding half a de­gree to the seat an­gle and around 6-7mm to the reach. This all cre­ates a pretty ag­gres­sive po­si­tion for a gravel bike. In the en­durance set­ting it’s much more off-road friendly, be­ing slacker an­gled and more sta­ble to steer.

The equip­ment

SRAM’s Force 1 is per­fect for off-road ad­ven­tures. The chain doesn’t bounce or slap and gear changes are slick and snappy. The Force brakes with big 160mm ro­tors of­fer oo­dles of con­trol. Pa­naracer’s Gravel King tyres are bril­liant; grippy on a mul­ti­tude of of­froad sur­faces and quick enough on tar­mac to keep up with road rid­ing mates. Add in a bril­liant sad­dle, car­bon seat­post and light­weight wheels, and the CF1 is a very well-put to­gether bike.

ONE THING WE’D CHANGE The seat­post

The Ruut is so ca­pa­ble off road, es­pe­cially in its slacker ge­om­e­try po­si­tion, we’d have loved a moun­tain bike drop­per seat­post for steep tech­ni­cal tracks, which would only add to the bike’s con­sid­er­able charms.

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