Sonder Camino Al GRX1

Sonder Camino Al GRX1

Drop bar gravel bike

£1,299.00

Aluminium Camino frame and carbon blade fork for multi-day expeditions, built with Shimano GRX1 groupset and class-leading components for round-the-world travel.

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Description

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 Alloy Fork
  • Drivetrain: Shimano GRX1 / 1 x 11 / 11-42
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX1 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.

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.

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 mud guard 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.

The 1 x 11 gearing, with a whopping 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
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.

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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
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
Reviews
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
Build Spec
"
Build Camino Al GRX1
Frameset
Frame: Sonder Camino Al Frame
Fork: Sonder Camino Al Forks
Headset: FSA Orbit C-40-ACB Headset / 7.8mm Spacer
Group Set
Left Brake: Shimano GRX [RX-600/RX400] Shifters / Hydraulic / Left / 1x / Flat
Right Brake: Shimano GRX [RX-600/RX400] Shifters / Hydraulic / Right / 11x / Flat
Calipers: Shimano GRX RX400 Flat-mount Calipers
Rotors: Shimano RT66 Rotor / 6 Bolt / 160mm
Rear Mech: Shimano GRX RX810 Rear Derailleur / 11 / Single
Chainset: Shimano GRX Crankset [RX600 HT] / 1x / 172.5mm / 40t
Bottom Bracket: Shimano RS500 Bottom Bracket
Chain: Shimano HG601 Chain / 11 / 118 Links
Cassette: Shimano GRX M7000 Cassette / 11 / 11-42
Finishing Kit
Stem: Love Mud Storc 31.8mm / 80mm
Seatpost: Sonder Seatpost / 27.2mm / 400mm
Saddle: Sonder Abode / Black
Tape/Grips: Sonder Bomber
Handlebar: Love Mud Gromit / 31.8mm
Wheelset
Wheels: Sonder Nova 700c Wheelset / Shimano
Tyres: WTB Resolute / Comp / 700 / 42
Tubes: WTB Inner Tube / 700 / 28-38
Weight
Frame: S: 1.9 kg; M: 2.0 kg; L: 2.0 kg; XL: 2.1 kg
Fork (uncut): 0.84 kg
Pedals not included with full builds
"
FAQs
TBC
Frame Spec
Lightweight, durable and strong aluminium frame.
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
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.