Camino Al Apex1 Hydraulic

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Camino Al Apex1 Hydraulic

Drop bar gravel bike

£1,199.00

Aluminium Camino with flared drop bar for greater comfort over distance, with the SRAM Apex1 groupset and hydraulic brakes for precise performance on rough terrains.

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Description

Camino Al is built for those moments when the road turns into trail and the bridleway drops off into single track. Spritely and comfortable on the tarmac with enough in reserve to explore off-road trails, it transforms your riding experience and turns dead ends into possibilities.

Capable, tough and quick aluminium adventure bike for exploring the world.

At a glance
  • Capable, durable, and quick aluminium adventure gravel bike
  • Frame: Sonder Camino Alloy Frame
  • Fork: Sonder Camino Al Carbon bladed fork
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Apex1 / 1 x 11 / 11-42
  • Brakes: SRAM Apex 1 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Wheelset: Sonder Nova 700c / Shimano
  • 12 mm front and rear bolt through axles
  • Tyres: WTB Resolute / Comp / 700c / 42c
  • 700 x 50mm or 650b x 2.1 tyre clearance
  • Rack/guard mounts on the fork and rear

Infused with DNA from cyclocross, gravel, and adventure race bikes, the Camino’s relaxed geometry was designed for long day comfort, with a longer wheelbase, slacker head angle and lengthened headtube for a more natural riding position.

A low bottom bracket and short chainstays make it agile through the corners whilst the slackened head angle inspires confidence when descending.

The aluminium frame is tough enough to take a knock or two, so you can lose yourself in the journey and push the technical envelope of your travel or even your commute. Effortlessly adaptable, the Camino is as proficient on your local trail as it is on the open road, with tyre clearance up to 700c x 50mm or 650b x 2.1" for that added traction and comfort on bumpier terrain.

Responsive and exhilarating even when loaded up with luggage; rack, bottle cage and mudguard mounts give you the option to pack up and pedal off on a self-supported ride whenever the feeling takes you. Triple cage mount on the top of the downtube allows for 2 different mounting positions for the bottle cage for extra bag clearance or to fit a Lug-Kage. SRAM Apex1 SRAM’s Apex1 groupset gives reliable shifting action at an unrivalled cost. X-Sync tooth profile ensures secure engagement between the chainring and chain to stop it from coming off. The X-Horizon derailleur and Roller Bearing Clutch to keep the chain gap consistent and taught, preventing chain slap on rough terrain.

The 1 x 11 gearing, with an 11 – 42t cassette, offers a gear range that is wide enough to cope with any terrain, opening up the alpine passes to mere mortals with enough at the top end to cruise up on the flat.

Chainring Sprocket Ratio Wheel Diameter (inches) Gear Inches
40 11 3.64 28.2 102.5
40 42 0.95 28.2 26.9
Features

Expedition geometry

Fast and responsive even when loaded up. With a lightweight aluminium frame, carbon forks, long wheel base and an extended head tube, the geometry promotes an upright riding position for all-day riding comfort.

Cable routing

External cable routing facilitates maintenance when you haven’t got access to a full workshop; cables are fully housed to keep your machinery running smoothly in all conditions.

Tyre clearance

Big tyre clearance for tackling mixed terrains: up to 650b x 2.1” or 700c x 50 mm

Powerful and firm braking

Well-modulated seatstay mounted hydraulic disk brakes will help to bring you to a halt and reduce the risk of wheel lock when that elk appears out of nowhere.

Carbon fork

Lightweight, strong and responsive with an alloy steerer; kitted out with mudguard mounts which accommodate racks for lightweight loads

Rack mounts

The triple cage bottle mount on top of the downtube allows for 2 different mounting positions. Opt for the modern ultra-light bikepacking luggage or load up with panniers on the rear rack mounts.

Build Spec
Build Camino Al Apex1 Hydraulic
Frameset
Frame: Camino Al Frame [V3]
Fork: Camino Al Forks [V3]
Headset: FSA Orbit C-40-ACB Headset / 7.8mm Spacer
Seat Clamp: Love Mud Gromit / 31.8mm
Group Set
Rotors: Avid Centreline Rotor / 160mm
Rear Mech: Sram Apex Rear Derailleur / 1 / Long
Rear Shifter: Sram Apex 22 Shifters / Hydraulic / Right / Flat
Chainset: Sram Apex 1 Crankset GXP / 172.5mm / 40
Bottom Bracket: Sram GXP Bottom Bracket / Standard
Chain: Sram PC1110 Chain / 118 Links
Cassette: Sram PG1130 Cassette / 11 / 11-42
Finishing Kit
Stem: Love Mud Storc 31.8mm / 80mm
Seatpost: Love Mud Membar / 27.2mm / 400mm
Saddle: Love Mud Abode / Black
Tape/Grips: Love Mud Reels / Black
Handlebar: Love Mud Bomber
Wheelset
Wheels: Love Mud Nova 700c Wheelset / Shimano
Front Tyre: WTB Resolute / Comp / 700 / 42
Rear Tyre: WTB Resolute / Comp / 700 / 42
Tubes: WTB Inner Tube / 700 / 28-38
Weight
Frame: S: 1.9kg; M: 2.0kg; L: 2.0kg; XL: 2.1kg
Fork (uncut): 0.84 kg
Built: S: 10.56kg; M: 10.59kg; L: TBC; XL: TBC
Pedals not included with full builds
Geometry and Sizing

Sizing

Generally we recommend:
Small
Riders between 5ft 2in and 5ft 7in
Medium
Riders between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in
Large
Riders between 5ft 9in and 6ft 2in
X-Large
Riders 6ft 2in and over
You can also take into consideration the standover height to ensure you pick a bike that will be a good fit. If you measure your inside leg and ensure there is a minimum of an inch from the toptube to your crotch this will give you enough seatpost adjustment to find your optimum saddle height.
Size Small Medium Large X-Large
ST - Seat tube 460 490 520 550
TT - Top tube 530 556 576 604
HT - Head tube 140 160 180 200
HA - Head angle 71 71 71 71
SA - Seat angle 74.5 74 74 73
CS - Chainstay 435 435 435 435
BB - BB drop 73 73 73 73
FO - Fork offset 50 50 50 50
WB - Wheelbase 1020 1040 1062 1070
SO - Stand over 743 761 785 808
RE - Reach 370 385 400 410
SK - Stack 568 587 605 624
Frame Spec
  • Weight: S: 1.9kg; M: 2.0kg; L: 2.0kg; XL: 2.1kg
  • 6061 Aluminium
  • Carbon fork with alloy steerer
  • Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm
  • Seat tube OD 31.8 mm
  • Headset: IS42/28.6 | IS52/40
  • Disk brake only
  • Mud guard and pannier rack mounts 700 x 50mm or 650b x 2.1” tyre clearance 12mm bolt through axles at both ends
Reviews
Kudos
Active Traveller: Sonder Camino Al

An excellent option for all round adventuring

Read the full review here.

Author: Active Traveller
Advntr Review the Sonder Camino Al

Sonder have played a blinder with the Camino, producing a fast, fun and comfortable bike with no obvious flaws. Often we test bikes that have a but… , such as a high cost, a press fit BB or feeling weighty but not here. The Camino lives up to the ideal of an Adventure bike, a compromise of road vs trail, but without ever feeling out of its depth.

Read the full review here.

Author: Nigel Leech
Camino Al featured in IMB mag

Up front, it was flared drops that really had us surprised, thinking they were just a quirky, beard stroking addition; they are fundamental to the stability of handling in the rough.

Read the full review here.

Author: Ewen Turner
Camino Al in Top 10 Adventure Bikes of 2018/2019

The comfortable position is perfect for gravel excursions or riding long distances loaded with luggage.

See the full list here.

Author: David Arthur
Cycling Weekly review Camino Al

If you’ve made it this far, it’s clear that I’ve very much enjoyed my time on the Camino AL. So much so, that I’m seriously considering adding one to my stable, that's how good this bike is.

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Author: Will Thompson
Cycling Weekly review the Camino

"Available both in aluminium and titanium, there are options for those on a budget as well as those looking for a dream build. Regardless of the chosen material, both frames feature the same design elements that make this an incredibly practical bike.

The cables are external and fully housed, making them well-sealed from any grime degrading shifting quality. They are also a lot easier to work on should you be unfortunate enough to be subject to a mid-ride mechanical.

Downtube bottle bosses, mounting points on the carbon front fork, discrete mounts for mudguards and the ability to take a pannier rack make this bike capable for carrying large loads. Keeping the steering under control and inspiring confidence on technical descents are the slack head angle together with the long wheelbase".

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Author: Stefan Abram - Cycling Weekly
Singletrack review the Sonder Camino Al
With its flexible wheel size options and plenty of tyre clearance, there’s scope for building the Sonder Camino AL however you want it. However, as built, this Rival 1 option seems to me to be a great fit straight out the box. If you can’t fork out for this higher end build kit straight away, the ride quality is such that the frame makes a good candidate for later upgrades, and the handling is simply excellent. Unless your heart is set on steel, titanium, or carbon, I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want this bike. I do want this bike, and I’m genuinely sorry to be sending it back.
Author: Amanda Wishart - Singletrack
Testing The Sonder Camino Al

A great value bike capable of much more both on and off road than the price might suggest.

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Author: Benedict Pfender