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:
This 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. The 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.Loads 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.
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?Lovely 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.
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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