Sonder is the bike brand from the people behind high-value outdoors kit retailers Alpkit, so it's unsurprising that their bikes are big on value adventure aspirations. The Camino Alloy is their do-everything drop bar adventure machine and it manages to pack in an awful lot of kit for the money.
The Camino Al Apexx 1 Hydro spec we've got for test costs £1050. Considering you get proper hydraulic discs and an 11spd, single ring drivetrain from SRAM, that's mighty impressive. Add in the fact that you get a carbon fork with a proper tapered steerer and the 700c wheels are shod with 37c WTB Ridler Comp tyres - a 650bx47mm tyre will fit too - and it's a bit of a steal.
As the name suggests, the frame is made from aluminium, though there is a titanium option. The geometry is a pick and mix selection from the world of road, cross, gravel and adventure. That means a medium frame gets a reasonably long 1040mm wheelbase, relaxed 71º head angle and tall 150mm long headtube paired with a low bottom bracket and short 435mm chainstays.
Sonder says that it's designed to offer responsive but confident handling, whether that's on your road commute, bashing on bridleways or fully loaded for some proper touring. If the latter is what you fancy, then the Camino has a full complement of rack and mudguard mounts plus a trio of bottle cage mounts. Joyously, there's a proper threaded bottom bracket too.
Elsewhere on the bike, pretty much all the finishing kit comes from Sonder's own-brand Love Mud imprint. It's pretty generic stuff, but there's nothing wrong with that at this price. One standout item is the heavily flared drop handlebar. It's designed to give you a load more hand positions than a normal drop bar but it's a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it item in practice.
Regardless, with an all up weight of 10.6kg for this medium bike, complaining too hard either way seems a bit churlish. Okay, you don't get through axles at either end on the Love Mud Orbit wheelset, but the rims are at least tubeless compatible.
There are four frame sizes from Small to Extra Large and the bike is available in two colours, the 'Chilli' red here and a 'Tarmac' grey. There's a frame and fork option available for £300, while complete bikes start with a flat-barred SRAM Apex 1 build for £789.
For more details, check out the Alpkit website and keep your eyes peeled for a full review here soon.