The London Bike Show – Sonder

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A little while ago, Alpkit, makers of all sorts of outdoor kit, announced that they were starting a bike brand – Sonder. And the fruits of their labour were available for all too see at the London Bike Show:

Sonder Transmitter

DSC_0053This is arguably the most traditional mountain bike in the Sonder lineup. It’s aimed at big days in the mountains, or throwing around your local trail park. It’s boosted, it’ll fit 27.5 plus wheels and it runs with a 130mm fork. Slack and long, it’s available in S, M and L sizes. DSC_0054The seatpost clamp on the prototype we tested in issue 100 has gone, and the bike is now Boosted (ours wasn’t), but apart from that it’s very similar – including the distinctive squashed tubes.DSC_0055Loads of clearance at the chainring, too, for maximum versatility. You can preorder up a Transmitter frame from £300, and bikes with SRAM NX1drivetrain and Sektor fork start at £849 up to the GX1 and Yari-equipped model at £1,399.

Sonder Broken RoadDSC_0058

The Broken Road is a long-distance expedition bike, made out of titanium. Geometry tweaked for the long haul, ald a ti fork mean that this one should keep on keeping on, as long as your legs do. Runs 29er, or 27.5 plus or 700c wheels, too. Versatile, innit?DSC_0060Lovely looking dropouts, too. IT’s not available yet (availability TBC) but you’ll be able to get the frame alone for £799, the frame and fork for £1099, and the while bike with SRAM GX for £1,749.

Sonder Camino TiDSC_0065

The Camino Ti is one of those do-it-all bikes. We think it looks lovely. Sort of like a Salsa Fargo, but with more of a road bent. You can fit 27.5 x 48mm tyres in there, or 700c x 44mm tyres. You can preorder it with either Rival (£1,499) or Force1 (£1,999) groupsets.

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Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

Comments (14)

    Transmitter in large please…

    That camino is quite pretty.

    Broken Road in aluminium or steel, please.

    I fancy the ti one 🙂

    Transmitter is unbelievable value.
    Yari, Reverb, GX1 and B+ for £1399!

    A Ti fork means the opposite of keeping on keeping on! Cool bikes, though.

    There’s a reasonably priced Ali version of the Camino coming too….

    And I’m told that they are intending to do Cycle to Work .

    Hmmm, that Camino looks just so… right.

    The Camino does look great, however is it using a stupid press fit BB?!

    Just ordered a Transmitter GX 🙂 got to wait until next month for delivery though 🙁

    “This is arguably the most traditional mountain bike in the Sonder lineup”

    No it isn’t

    “The Camino does look great, however is it using a stupid press fit BB?!”

    No. It has a threaded 68 BSA BB.

    Thanks Brant, the saving has started!

    I really liked the look of the Camino at the show, but then noticed it is quite weighty; I know it is a bit cheaper than the Tripster (one of its obvious direct rivals) but the Tripster is over 300g lighter which is making me think twice about the £300 difference….

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