First ride: Rose Pro DX Cross (2014)

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German brand Rose approaches the bicycle market in a slightly different manner than its competitors, and we’re not saying this only because it has a straight business-to-consumer policy, without involving dealers. The bicycle range that they put up for sale is not only large, but they also allow customization so that you can truly have the bike you wanted. And, when combining all these with a more than acceptable cyclocross frame, like the Pro DX Cross, things can only get better.

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Actually, the Pro DX Cross isn’t by any means new in the Rose line-up, and, at least for this year, it hasn’t even been significantly modified. The disc brakes are present, and even though we had to deal with a mechanical set in this case, you always have the customizing option, which is also something you can apply to the rest of the components. Concerning the frame, we can say, without any trace of doubt, Rose did a great job making the most of the 7005 alloy it employed. A lot of attention was given to details, for example, the welds being executed with the utmost care, a thing that helps the Pro DX Cross gain its customer’s trust in what regards durability. Also, the frame features partial inner cable routing, the down tube housing the derailleur and rear brake cables, after which they all go their separate ways. Last, but not least, Rose opted to place the rear brake caliper between the seat- and chain stay, so any branch, rock, or any other perilous object of this sort will find it more difficult to damage the braking unit.

Even though cyclocross bikes are rather sporty bikes, this doesn’t make them less appealing in terms of all-round capabilities. It’s crystal clear that a different pair of tires transforms the Pro DX Cross from a CX bike into a road bike, but you should also know that the off-road configuration can handle country dirt roads, and even light mountain trails. You can include touring too in the list of things the Pro DX can do, for its fender and rack mounts help in this regard. Adding the fact that the frame tips the scale at 1.460 grams (58cm size) means that this bicycle won’t drag you down, but neither will it sufice for weight weenies. For instance, the model we rode, and which features acceptable comfort and stiffness, was equipped with a SRAM Force 22 groupset, Avid BB7 mechanical brakes, and Mavic Crossone wheels, this configuration weighing 8,7 kilograms. So, even a lower specification chart would mean that Pro DX won’t kill the scale, and if you’re looking for a bike suitable for most terrains, you may have a subject right here.

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