The Rose Count Solo 3 is a cross-country machine at a seriously jaw dropping price, it looks built to rival other direct buy brands as well as taming your local race scene. We take a first look at this alloy XC hardtail here:
The Rose Count Solo 3 comes in at £1,039.81 (plus £27 delivery), the price converted from Euro's. It's one of a four-bike line up ranging from the cheapest Shimano Deore specced option at £692 to the XT version at a touch over £1200. The bike we have is the Shimano SLX bike with Rockshox Reba RL Solo Air fork.
The bike is all set to be a cross-country companion with 100m of travel up front and a double chainring, the bike runs SLX 36/26 chainrings and an 11 speed SLX cassette. The front mech and shifters are also from the SLX stable whilst the rear gets an upgrade to XT.
To slow down the bike is fitted with Shimano MT500 levers and callipers and 180 / 160mm rotors. Elsewhere there is a very XC 'esque 100mm stem on our large sized bike alongside 720mm bars.
Located on the bars, there is also a lockout remote for the Recon forks and, of course, who could miss that orange cable housing. Other colourways get equally jazzy colour combos too!
The size medium and above roll on 29er wheels whilst the smaller sizes get 27.5" wheels and tyres. Our bike is equipped with Mavic Crossride FTS-X 29" wheels (21mm internal width) and Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25" tyres.
Geometry wise the XC theme prevails, this bike has a 69.5 degree head angle and a 74 degree effective seat angle, the details you see below are for a large size bike. The bikes with smaller wheels (XS and S) get a slacker head angle and slacker effective seat angle at 69 and 73.5 degrees respectively. They also get shorter chainstays at 425mm rather the 435mm as seen over the rest of the range.
The front mech is routed internally but everything else is external, the cables sitting neatly under the top tube and running down under the seat stays to the rear brake and mech.
We will be sending this bike off to a long-legged racer to put it through its paces, we'll be back soon with a review. If you like the look of this bike, it's a pretty similar spec to the Canyon Grand Canyon AL SL 7.0 which we are just about to review so stay tuned for that one also.
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