One of the more interesting, if not unusual, brand of bikes spotted at this year’s CORE bike show was RONDO, which hails from all places Poland.
Touting what’s called “vario geometry”, RONDO says their TwinTip carbon fork design enables the rider to change his or her position on the bike by way of inserts that allow the angle and trail of the fork to be altered in order to accommodate a range of different riding conditions.
“The first setting with steeper angles, smaller trail and a lower front will be the choice for racing,” says Rondo. “The alternative fork setting, that fits big tires and/or fenders, with slightly slacker angles is ideal for harsh, long endurance rides.”
RONDO currently offers two models, the Ruut and the HVRT.
The Ruut frameset is available in high-modulus carbon fiber, custom formed 6061-T6 aluminum, or Tange steel, which is capable of tackling a wide-range of riding disciplines.
“The Ruut range was born from the need to have a REALY versatile bike. One that would be comfortable enough for backpacking and long distance riding, but at the same time would retain a clearly sporty character. At Rondo we are all competitive guys – we ride fast, we race – but we don’t need a bike for the CX World’s. What we want from a drop bar bike is to be able to go long, and go fast, especially on rough roads. So, after over two years of development, we came up with a tool that we believe is the ultimate solution for real-world riders” says RONDO.
The HVRT is available in both Tange Prestige steel and custom formed 6061-T6 aluminum as well.
According to RONDO, the HVRT is the ultimate go to bike for the gravel/roadplus cyclist who’s looking for diversity including the ability to choose between 700c and 650b wheelsets.
“Aero disc brake bikes have been stirring up the cycling world, but Rondo takes things not one, but two steps further. The HVRT is the world’s first variable geometry, road-plus ready road bike.This is an all out race bike, first and foremost. Don’t let it’s additional features throw you off track. No compromises have been made in this area. It’s responsive and aggressive. However, we built in some unique solutions that will make this bike your best everyday companion. First of all the HVRT offers the option to use big volume 700c rubber, or even mount massive road plus tires on 650b hoops, ultimately transforming the HVRT into a road-plus pothole slayer. Secondly, thanks to the unique Twintip fork you can change your riding position and adjust the steering character of the bike. The first setting with steeper angles, smaller trail and a lower front will be the choice for racing. The alternative fork setting, that fits big tires and / or fenders, with slightly slacker angles is ideal for harsh, long endurance rides.”
“So imagine this situation: you regularly do fast group rides and races on the weekend, but with your training you want to stay away from traffic and explore some of the B-roads during your summer holiday. The only bike we can think of that can do both things properly is the HVRT. All you need is two sets of wheels. Your race-day set could be high profile, aero and fancy. Your second set can be a cheap 650B setup with 1.9” road plus tires. The difference that it makes is massive! We are not talking about subtleties of typical “endurance” road bikes such as a slightly lower BB or slightly more forgiving frame. We are talking about a black-and-white, go-or-no-go kind of transformation.”
“We don’t like to boast but we must say this now – the first quiver killer road bike has just arrived and it’s called the HVRT.”
The Ruut is available in four different models across four sizes in a range of different build groups.
The HVRT is available in two models in five sizes, with builds ranging from Shimano 105 to Tiagra.
You can learn more about RONDO’s range of bikes by visiting their website here.
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