New bike

Having lost 7 stone in weight I was in a position to be able to treat myself to a new bike. My current road bike is OK but after a tough winter it needs some TLC and with that comes time off the road. I'm going to make my current Specialized Allez my winter and wet weather bike. Over the summer I will get it ready.

Having seen a bike I fell in love with back in January, I decided to look at it more closely. The bike in question was the Rose PRO-SL 2000. Rose have been making bikes in Germany since 1907 but are only just establishing themselves in the UK. Apart from the looks, what also drew me to Rose was the fully customisation of each and every bike.

You can choose every component on the bike including its size so the bike they build for you is perfect fit. You can put your measurements into their website and it will tell you what sizes you need. The website configurator then draws your bike with the parts you choose. A must for any bike geek!

I'm an indecisive person, so after lots of deliberation and consulting with one of their bike experts via email, I came up with the following;

Once the frame and all components are in stock, the bike is built in their factory in Germany and then shipped to the UK.

a short video of me unpacking the bike

The bike weighs about 8kg and is lovely and smooth to ride. Still getting used to the compact chainset though.


Frame: 7005 T6 Ultralight Aluminium, triple-butted, internal cable routing
Frame size: 51 cm
Fork: SL Blade Carbon 1 1/8" - 1.5, with aluminium shaft
Headset: Rose Oversize, integrated
Wheel set: Easton EA50 Aero
Sprocket: Shimano Ultegra 6700, 12 - 25
Tyres: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX HD 700 x 23 c
Crankset: Shimano 105 5700, with Press-Fit BB, opt. compact 50/34, 170mm
Front derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
Rear derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
Brake/Shifting levers: Shimano 105 5700 STI
Brakes: Shimano 105 5700
Pedals: Shimano M520 SPD
Seat post: FSA SL-K SB20 Carbon
Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo T2.0
Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Logic II 42cm (clamping: Ø 31.8 mm, Drop: 132 mm, Reach: 78 mm)
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis 44 90mm
Handlebar tape: fi'zi:k BAR:gel
Weight: approx. 8.2 kg inc pedals


  1. Nice wheels!! Would love a new road bike too but just bought a mountain bike.

  2. Awesome mate - love it & health to enjoy!!

  3. Happy new bike :-)

    You are still one bike down from the optimum n+1

  4. V Nice looking ride. The internal cable routing makes it look very clean!

  5. Wow, that's a great looking bike. I've been thinking of switching from a triple to a compact crank also, so I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think about the change.


  6. Cheers for the comments guys. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

  7. looks the dogs mate I remember only to well drooling over there bikes in January with you matey


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