Sonder Camino AL Rival1 Gravel Bike review

The perfect balance of price and world travelling capability, according to Will Thompson

Sonder Camino AL EC
Cycling Weekly Verdict

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. Sure, it’s not as light as some of the other (more expensive) options out there, maybe the flared bars aren’t to everyone taste but this can be altered if you drop Sonder an e-mail. The lack of triple cage mounts on the forks might sway potential buyers. However, when you take the top down approach and look at this bike considering value, performance and quality, in my opinion it balances all of these factors perfectly; a bike with the potential to ride across the world, ride to the office, ride on the Sunday club run, ride your favourite trails and put a smile on your face: it does it all.

Reasons to buy
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    Built for anything you can throw at it

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    Supreme comfort

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Reasons to avoid
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    Extreme flared bars not to everyone's taste

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The Sonder Camino AL Rival1 was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

Since its humble beginnings in 2004, Alpkit has been passionate about everything outdoors, whilst putting a focus on sustainability and protecting the countryside. Sonder Bikes - Alpkit's range of road and off-road machines - continues to embody that ethos.

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