Urban Cyclist - - Gear What's New -

Ber­lin takes cen­tre stage in this is­sue’s Ur­ban. You’ve al­ready come across the Last (Wo)Man Stand­ing Rad Race on page eight; now Germany’s cap­i­tal rolls out Rondo – a new bike brand fo­cus­ing on the grow­ing gravel-bike mar­ket. The USP of Rondo, whose founders in­clude de­sign­ers who were at NS Bikes, is its vari­able ge­om­e­try, whose ge­nius lies in the front fork. The ‘TwinTip’ fork fea­tures flip chips at the front axle, so you can quickly swap be­tween ei­ther en­durance- or race-fo­cused ge­om­e­try. By mov­ing the axle up and down around 10mm, the head­tube and seat­tube an­gles are tweaked by around 0.5° each. That doesn’t sound sig­nif­i­cant but, Rondo tell us, that can af­fect the bike’s trail by up to 13mm, which is enough to steer the frame into your de­sired rid­ing aim. This nifty-sound­ing fea­ture’s seen across Rondo’s Ruut gravel range, which tops out with the full car­bon-fi­bre frame­set seen on the CF1 dressed with Sram’s Force 1 hy­dro disc groupset, and rolls down to the alu Ruut Al.

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