After the success of the Singal Ti, Sonder has launched the Signal Steel (ST for short). It follows the exact same philosophies as its spendier sibling but it brings the price down to a friendlier point.
The Signal ST is built for XC bike-like pedaling while being equally as capable on the descents.
While of course lowering the price a smidge, Sonder has chosen steel for its famed forgiveness and uncomplicated appeal. The frame is features full internal cable routing and space for a 2.6" tyre.
The Signal ST gets a 465mm reach (on a large) and a 66° head tube angle. A neat trick is that the chainstay lengths vary on each size. The Small and Medium gets a 425mm stay, while the Large gets a 430mm stay and the X-Large getting a 435mm stay.
This promises a similar ride across the range and allows taller riders to distribute their weight better.
Built around a new 4130 Chromoly hand-welded steel frame, it gets 130mm of travel handled by RockShox, in the form of either a Recon RL Silver, Revelation RC or a Pike Ultimate RCT3.
SRAM handles the shifting on the Signal ST, offering an Eagle groupset on each bike. The least expensive getting an NX groupset, and the spendiest getting a GX groupo. SRAM also provides the brakes, dipping into the brands' Guide range for each build.
Rolling on 29er hoops, the Signal ST gets rubber from WTB with a Vigilante up front, classically paired with a Trail Boss at the other end.
Each build comes with a dropper post too which is a nice touch. The Signal ST sees in droppers from X-Fusion and the Manic Drop seat post offering 125mm of drop.
The Signal ST comes in four sizes from Small to X-Large.
The bike comes in three builds and then a frame only. For the frame, you'll be looking at spending £500, then full builds start at £1,200 for the SX model, £1,600 for the NX model and £2,100 for the GX model.
All Sonders are built to order so there's a bit of a wait but this also give you a chance to spec the bike exactly how you would like it.
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