Cross country bikes - MTB for races and training
THE HEART OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
Cross country is not only racing, cross country represents the root of mountain biking and reduces the sport to its essential. Your heart is beating fast; your legs are pedalling relentlessly. The landscape rushes past, your eyes focus on the trail. You are hunting for the fastest and ideal line to let no root or stone stop you. You steer your bike precisely to the millimetre, feeling the speed. Discover the world – whether on a hardtail or a full-suspension bike – take in nature, enjoy movement and feel that you are alive.
You decide whether you would like to sit on a 27,5” or a 29” bike. Everyone is different and everyone has different preferences. 29 inches for speed, grip and best roll-over characteristics. 27,5 inches for better agility and zippiness. Cross country bikes are built to win. Whether in competitions or when chasing your own best time. Even during relaxed bike tours, it is difficult not to ride at full speed from time to time. These bikes literally drag you forward, they want to be pushed and feel the headwind. They are built for speed and racing, across country, lightweight, fast and versatile. You don’t have to take part in races to benefit from their strength – moving in nature and rolling on wide knobby tyres fascinate beginners and advanced riders as well.
High-quality features, lightweight and agile frames, stiff suspensions – these are the ingredients for fast off-road riding. And that’s exactly what our cross country racers are built like, efficient, powerful and durable. Whether hardtail or full-susser is left for you to decide, refined with carbon components and topped with either 27,5“ or 29“ wheels. ROSE cross country bikes offer the perfect recipe for speed that will be enjoyed by everyone. All those who love speed and riding fun on unpaved roads, or would just like to train in nature, will find the right partner to enjoy many great hours with a cross country bike.
27,5 instead of 26 inches – the new wheel size offers an excellent compromise for a versatile and uncomplicated bike. Our ROSE COUNT SOLO 1 impresses with superior handling and a high-performance frame made from durable aluminium that weighs no more than 1300 grams. Equipped with the proven Mavic Crossride FTS-X wheel set, the COUNT SOLO 1 is a true all-rounder. The advantages of its 27,5” wheels are a smoother running and a better roll-over behaviour. Reliable Shimano Deore brakes are a perfect complement. With 180 mm and 160 mm large brake discs, they are robust and uncomplicated and provide a safe deceleration.
27,5 inches – this is the new wheel size for all those looking for an agile, quick-accelerating and versatile bike. Our COUNT SOLO 1 impresses with superior handling and a high-performance frame made from durable aluminium. Equipped with a Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air suspension fork, it offers best suspension performance on every ground. The Recon features a 15 mm thru axle and a travel of 100 mm. Thanks to its aluminium crown and 32 mm upper fork tubes, it is torsionally stiff and yet a real lightweight. The drivetrain consists of Shimano’s SLX components so that you can also rely on top quality and impressing performance in the entry-level sector. A special highlight is the SLX rear derailleur that features the Shadow Plus technology where the cage plate hides behind the frame. In this way, it is well protected from damages through rocks, roots or benches!
With a weight of a mere 10 kilograms and high-quality parts, the COUNT SOLO 2 offers top performance at a top price. It’s already a challenge to develop a bike specced like this, but we used this motivation to design an affordable bike with racing genes. The essential part of every mountain bike is its suspension fork, as it significantly contributes to a bike’s character. That’s why a great DT Swiss OPM ODL fork with a travel of 100 mm has been used at the front. It comes with one-piece magnesium lower fork tubes, the high-performance air suspension system NCS and a 15 mm thru axle and thus weighs a mere 1585 grams. A state-of-the-art manufacturing process for the magnesium casting could get the most out of weight and stiffness. And the shifting system of the COUNT SOLO 2 is also of highest quality: The complete drivetrain bears the label XT. Shimano’s top groupset offers latest technology, great performance and a low weight – you’ll only have to pedal on your own!
Nippy, versatile and precisely tailored to the needs of ambitious racers – the ROSE COUNT SOLO 3 comes with a whole sackful of highlights. The wheels of this racer alone offer full performance. With the XR 1501 Spline One, DT Swiss has developed a wheel set for use in competitions that stands out for the proven high quality of the Swiss manufacturer, as well as for a light and precise welding method. The hubs of the wheels are also developed by DT Swiss and characterized by their unusual shape which allows the use of Straight Pull spokes. Unlike traditional spokes, this design comes without a sensitive elbow. Inside the hub, there’s a patented ratchet freewheel with sprockets that offer highest durability and reliability. Like all DT rims, the XR 1501 is already “tubeless ready” and offers torsion-resistant thru axles with a diameter of 15 and 12 mm for the front and rear. The aggressive SRAM Guide RS brakes feature 180 mm and 160 mm discs and can be precisely controlled. The SwingLink technology offers optimal braking power modulation. Lever pivot bearings reduce the dead part of the stroke when operating the lever for an even more direct braking.
Good news for all hypochondriacs: Finally, the way to the doctor makes sense again – at least, if it is DR. Z.! His prescription: an outstanding frame concept and selected high-quality components. A sophisticated, forgiving suspension system is the key factor for unlimited biking fun. As fas as DR. Z. is concerned, it is based on Rock Shox components. At the front, a proven Rock Shox Reba RL Solo Air suspension fork carries out its duties. With 100 mm of travel, a stable tapered head tube and a 15 mm thru axle, this forks offers great performance on every trail. Versatile adjustment options make it a precise and reliable tool on demanding tracks. The well-developed suspension system also consists of a Rock Shox Monarch RT3 at the rear. It is thanks to a large number of clever features like an externally adjustable rebound or a 3-position compression (Open/Pedal/Lock) that this rear shock offers such a good performance. The compression setting allows you to adapt the suspension system to the prevailing terrain and to your preferences. In this way, you can even easily do challenging trails!
Our DR. Z. 2 is the general practitioner among mountain bikes. Equipped with 100 mm of suspension, 29-inch wheels and a lightweight, stiff aluminium frame, it presents itself as an excellent all-rounder. At the front, a Rock Shox SID RL Solo Air suspension fork offers outstanding performance and a low weight, while the Rock Shox Monarch RT3 rear shock perfectly matches the four-bar linkage design of the rear stay. In this way, the DR. Z. is a sensitive and forgiving companion. The bike is powered by the new and excellent SRAM GX group. With great functionality and a high-class look, this group can easily compete with top groups. The SRAM GX stands out for fast and precise shifting as well as for a wide gear ratio. A nice little highlight can be found on the great Race Face Ride Flatbar: The elegant ERGON GA30 grips are extremely robust and thanks to an ergonomic design, they are also perfectly suitable for long distances!
Off to the doctor, this practitioner offers superb all round treatment! The excellent frame of the Dr. Z. 3 is specced with the best parts a doctor's bag has to offer. First-class suspension elements from the brand Fox on the front and rear ensure a sensitive suspension performance. The components feature the Fox DPS system which adapts the suspension to the prevailing conditions. In combination with a rebound adjustment, the suspension system of the flying doctor is easy and quickly to precisely adjust to rider and track. We have given the bike a high-quality wheelset from the Swiss company DT Swiss and equipped it with Shimano's legendary XT group. However, you will not only be impressed by crisp shifting processes, but also by the aggressive and stable Shimano XT disc brakes. Their ergonomic grips are gaining popularity and with 180 mm rotors, this bike is game for everything. Heal yourself with the DR. Z. 3!
It is uncompromising, simple and feels at home on the race tracks of the world: the MR. BIG 1. With its 29” wheels, it rolls on as fast as lighting and is just waiting to ride off. The Rock Shox Reba RL Solo Air seems to be tailor-made for this potent race bike: It features a 15 mm thru axle, sophisticated technology and a robust and lightweight design. With a travel of 100 mm, it is perfectly suitable for fast trails and it also offers diverse adjustment options. You can set up and adjust the air pressure, rebound and compression damping (up to a complete lockout), which allows you to individually adapt it to your requirements. This makes the fork a precise and reliable tool for demanding tracks. Besides, the MR. BIG 1 features some excellent tyres. Schwalbe’s Racing Ralph Evo tyres in the Snakeskin version are especially resistant to punctures and offer a lot of grip and comfort thanks to a width of 2,25 inches! The MountainBIKE magazine gives the bike a “VERY GOOD” and writes in the issue 03/2015: “Verdict: "Are you looking for a 29er hardtail, which boosts sporting ambitions and promises a safe ride, too? No problem, here comes ROSE's Mr. Big.“
It is one of the fastest and most powerful bikes ROSE has to offer: the MR. BIG 2. The frame: lightweight, made of carbon and of high quality. The components: reliable, durable and with top features. At the front, the DT Swiss OPM ODL suspension fork cuts a fine figure. Apart from the eponymous, lightweight and yet torsion-resistant lower fork tubes made of cast magnesium (One Piece Mag), the fork features the Open Lock damping system. The suspension element can be adjusted to the desired sensitivity with a flick of the wrist – ranging from ultra-sensitive through to rock-hard. The proven and excellent XT series is responsible for best acceleration. The rear derailleur features the Shadow Plus technology where the cage plate hides behind the frame. In this way, it is well protected and its owner can fully enjoy the crisp and precise shifting processes for a long time! Reliable Shimano XT brakes with 180 mm and 160 mm discs make sure you can also slow down safely.
Even more high-tech, even more performance, even more exclusive – the MR. BIG 3 Di2 is our top race bike! It combines all advantages of our successful MR. BIG family and also offers an electronic rear derailleur. The Shimano XTR Di2 drive has already achieved cult status, its shifting performance and adjustment options are on a completely new level. The Di2 shifts fast and precisely and gives a clearly defined pressure point. As if by magic, the chain moves up and down, you’ll hear a signal, when the chain has reached the end of the cassette. With the included “E-Tube” software, you can program almost everything: the switching function (from left to right), the speed of the shifting processes and the number of gears that can be shifted at once (2, 3, to unlimited). The Di2 system allows you to try everything you want. XTR race brakes with proven ICE-tech discs represent the perfect match. They offer easy braking power modulation and deceleration when you need it.
Agile, nippy and fast – the PSYCHO PATH is the flash among the race bikes! Made from carbon, it is the specialist for explosive sprints and winding tracks. To master those winding trails, you need a well-designed frame and a potent fork – just like the Rock Shox Reba RL Solo Air. It offers a 15 mm thru axle, sophisticated technology, as well as a solid and lightweight design. With a travel of 100 mm, it is perfectly suitable for fast trails and it also offers diverse adjustment options. You can set up and adjust the air pressure, rebound and compression damping (up to a complete lockout), which allows you to individually adapt it to your requirements. This makes the fork a precise and reliable tool for demanding tracks. The bike’s X 1900 Spline wheels are superior, too: They are stable, low in price and form the basis for lasting bike fun. The highlight of this wheelset is the Spline hub that is combined with Straight-Pull spokes. As the name suggests, the spokes run straights and do not have an elbow, which represents the most sensitive part of conventional wheels.
With the THRILL HILL 1, it’s easy to be among the fastest riders from the very beginning! It is completely made of the high-quality material carbon, including rear stay and rocker, and the rest of the equipment is also designed for racing. A Shimano SLX rear derailleur is responsible for gear shifting. It offers a great compromise between weight and performance and comes with some top features, such as the Shadow technology. The extremely slim profile of the rear derailleur reduces the risk of an unwanted contact with rocks or roots and thus protects from damages. Crisp and precise shifting, a low weight despite high durability – the SLX rear derailleur offers top performance! As the tyres have a great influence on the bike’s riding behaviour, we have equipped the THRILL HILL 1 with a pair of noble Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo tyres with Snakeskin. They are puncture-resistant, fast and with a width of 2,25 inches, they offer best traction while being comfortable at the same time.
The THRILL HILL 2 presents itself as an ambitious racing partner with a high-quality carbon frame! At the front, an exclusive suspension fork carries out its duties – a DT Swiss OPM ODL with 100 mm of travel. Thanks to its one-piece magnesium lower fork tubes, the high-performance air suspension system NCS and a 15 mm thru axle, the suspension fork tips the scales at only 1585 grams. A state-of-the-art manufacturing process for the magnesium casting could get the most out of weight and stiffness. DT Swiss' Open Lock Technology with remote control offers the possibility to adapt the response to rough terrain or asphalt with just one finger, without having to take your hands off the handlebar. The companion piece by DT Swiss can be found at the rear. Just like the fork, the DT Swiss X313 rear shock can be adjusted between Open Mode, tight Drive Mode and Lockout Mode with a touch of the button. The drivetrain consists of proven Shimano XT components. They are reliable, lightweight and offer best shifting performance – which is everything you need to let rip!
This bike should be on top of the podium – our THRILL HILL 3. Building a full-suspension race mountain bike with a weight of less than 10 kilograms – what seemed impossible in the past is now reality. To make sure that the bike is nevertheless stable and durable, the parts for the frame have to be carefully selected. The THRILL HILL 3 features high-tech parts as far as the eye can see. The precise SRAM XX1 group consisting of crankset, shifter and rear derailleur ensures a powerful and easy acceleration. The drivetrain is topped off by a high-strength XX1 carbon crank. Its crank arms with a single chainring made of CNC milled aluminium are even successful in downhill racing and easily brave thick calves and demanding World Cup tracks. In order to get all power under control, the THRILL HILL 3 comes with Magura’s MT8 disc brake. 180 mm rotors provide excellent deceleration and a low weight. What are you waiting for? Secure your victory!