The previous version of the Roscoe looked a bit long in the tooth – it still rode on 27.5+ wheels and had quick release rear dropouts, as well as geometry numbers that were on the more XC side. spectrum.
That’s no longer the case, and the new Roscoe has 29-inch wheels for everything but the extra-small size. Fork travel has been increased to 140mm, 20mm more than before. This quick-release rear end has been replaced with a 12 x 148mm thru-axle and, unsurprisingly, the geometry is significantly longer and looser.
There are four new models, the Roscoe 9, 8 and 7. There is also a Roscoe 6 in the range which costs US $ 1,150, but this one uses the old frame, which means it doesn’t benefit. of any of the updates described here. Considering the spectacular growth of mountain biking over the past year or so, it’s good to see more well-specified hardtail hitting the market, especially at these prices. On paper, the new Roscoe seems like a great stepping stone in the sport, a solid platform to hook new riders on.
Bad news – the new Roscoe no longer has kickstand mounts on the chainstay. I know, it’s a tough pill to swallow. I’m going to stop for a moment while everyone dries their tears … Seriously, the Roscoe’s frame has lost some of the details that made it stand out as a more entry-level option rather than designed for a whole. – more technical riding ground.
The aluminum frame has internal cable routing, with a port in the down tube that is used to pass a zip tie around the case to prevent it from clicking. There’s room for two water bottles inside the front triangle and fairly short seat tube lengths that leave plenty of room to operate longer dropper posts, although all models are equipped with a 150 mm dropper. I’m nitpicking, but it would be nice to see the larger sizes have posts with more drop.
Other details include molded chain strike protection, down tube protection and compatibility with SRAM’s universal derailleur hanger. There is also plenty of room to roll with a 29 x 2.6 inch rear tire.
The Roscoe’s appearance hasn’t changed too much – after all, there are only a limited number of ways to shape a semi-rigid frame – but its geometry numbers have undergone a complete overhaul. The head angle is now 65 degrees, 2.2 degrees less than before. That’s a number that puts the Roscoe in the all-rounder category, as opposed to more downhill-oriented RIBs like Kona’s Honzo ESD or Norco’s Torrent, which have head angles of 63 and 64 degrees, respectively. and ways that work. best at higher speeds or on steeper trails.
As for the reach, that number has increased by around 40mm per size – a large frame now has a reach of 470, up from 428mm. The seat tube angle has been accentuated to accompany this increase in front center and now measures 74.7 degrees across all sizes.
The last number to note is the length of the base. This has been reduced to 430mm, 8mm less than before. This number remains the same for all frame sizes.
Roscoe 9 / US $ 2,700
Roscoe 8 / $ 2,300 USD
Roscoe 7 / $ 1,700