Rose Unveils 2021 Root Miller & Ground Control Trail Bikes

May 28, 2020 at 8:49
by Ed Spratt  

Rose Bikes have announced the details of the updated 150mm Root Miller and 120mm Ground Control bikes.

The models have revised geometry and new frame shapes that have straighter lines and a cleaner silhouette to accompany updated kinematics. The auminum frames of the Root Miller and Ground Control bikes sit at either end of the trail bike spectrum with 150mm and 120mm of travel respectively. Both models roll on 29" wheels.

New features for the two models include seat and chainstay protectors to reduce the noise from chain slap, and the downtube uses a newly designed protector to minimise any damage from rock strikes.



Root Miller

The Root Miller is the bigger of the two bikes offering 150mm of travel front and rear and is designed to take on more demanding trails and terrain. The aluminum Root Miller frames come in at claimed 2.98kg and builds the basis for the 29" trail bike that can take up to 2.6" tires. The rear suspension is supplied by either RockShox or Fox (depending on the model) has been custom-tuned for the bikes kinematics.

With the new bike, Rose have completely reworked the geometry to fall more in line with bikes designed for similar usage. This has meant increasing the reach, slackening the head angle and steepening the seat angle. Rose has dubbed the new numbers as “aggressive trail geometry”.





Geometry:




Specifications:

The range of Root Miller bikes come in three model choices with sizes ranging from S to XL. Coming in at €1,899 is the Root Miller 1, Rose has specced this with Rockshox 35 Gold fork and a mix of SX and NX drivetrain. In the middle of the range, the Root Miller 2 sees a weight drop of over a kilo compared to the lower model and it is actually the lightest of the three options at 14.1kg. The middle option comes with a strong array of components such as Rockshox Pike Select+ fork with the Charger 2.1 damper. At the highest level is the Root Miller 3 comes with plenty of high-end parts but is great value at €3,399.


Root Miller 1


- Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 150mm, 29"
- Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+, Debonair
- Brakes: Shimano BL-MT401/ BR-MT420/400, 203mm/180mm Rotors
- Drivetrain: Truvativ Descendant 6K Eagle, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Sram 11-50 Eagle Cassette with an SX Chain and NX Shifter and Rear Mech
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 45mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 800mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Continental Trail King II ShieldWall black/black 29x2,4
- Wheels: Sunringlé Düroc 35 Comp, 31mm, 15x110/12x148mm Boost, 29"
- Weight: 15.3kg
- Price: €1,899 // £1,723.47

Root Miller 2


- Fork: RockShox Pike Select+ Charger 2.1 RC, 150mm, 29"
- Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, Debonair
- Brakes: Front: Formula Cura 4 front wheel, 203 mm rotor // Rear: Cura 2, 180 mmk
- Drivetrain: Truvativ Descendant 7K Eagle, DUB, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Sram 10-50 Cassette with an NX Chain and GX Shifter and Rear Mech
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 45mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 800mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR2, EXO, TR; Front 3C MaxxTerra // Rear: Dual Compound, black 29x2.3
- Wheels: DT Swiss M 1900 Spline, 30mm, 15x110/12x148mm Boost black 29"
- Weight: 14.1kg
- Price: €2,399 // £2,177.26

Root Miller 3


- Fork: Fox 36 Float FIT4 DPS, Factory Kashima; 29" Boost, 150mm travel
- Shock: Fox DPX2, Kashima black, black decal 205mm
- Brakes: SRAM G2 RSC 200mm/180mm black
- Drivetrain: Truvativ Descendant Carbon Eagle, DUB, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Sram 10-50 Cassette with an GX Chain and Shifter and X01 Rear Mech
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 45mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 800mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf, Evo SnakeSkin, TL-Easy, Addix Soft, black 29x2,35
- Wheels: DT Swiss M 1700 Spline, 30mm, 15x110/12x148mm Boost, 29"
- Weight: 14.2kg
- Price: €3,399 // £3,084.83




Ground Control

The Ground Control is the second bike to be added to Rose's Trail bike range with a focus on slightly less demanding trails than its 150mm travel sibling. The Ground Control, according to Rose, focuses on "agility and balance" with 120mm of travel front and rear. The alloy frame weighs in at a claimed 2.79kg and is designed to be built with 29" wheels, although the smallest size uses 27.5" wheels.

The Ground Control has what Rose call “Trail Tour Geometry” - this means a more generous amount of reach, a slightly slacker head angle and a steeper seat tube angle.





Geometry:




Specifications:

Again in a similar fashion to the Root Miller range of bikes, the Ground Control comes in three options with sizes going from S to XL. Although it is important to remember that the Ground Control only offer the size small with 27.5" wheels. The lower-end model, the Ground Control1, starts the range off at €1,699 with Rockshox Recon Silver RL and a mix of SRAM SX and NX drivetrain.

The middle option of the bikes is the Ground Control 2 sees a shift to Shimano componentry with a full SLX drivetrain and a fork upgrade to the Rock Shox Revelation RC. The change in parts sees a weight of 14.2kg this is down from the 14.8kg of the Ground Control 1. The top of the range Ground Control 3 sees an even bigger drop in weight as it hits the scales at 13.5kg. With a cost of €2,499, the top of the range model sees plenty of improvements in components with a Shimano XT drivetrain, RockShox Pike Select fork and DT Swiss M 1700 wheels.


Ground Control 1


- Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL, 120mm, 29''
- Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, Debonair black
- Brakes: Shimano BL-MT200/BR-MT200, 180mm Rotos
- Drivetrain: Truvativ Descendant 6K Eagle, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Sram 11-50 Eagle Cassette with an SX Chain and NX Shifter and Rear Mech
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 60mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 760mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Continental Mountain King III ShieldWall System, TL Ready, 29x2.3
- Wheels: Sunringlé Düroc 35 Comp, 31mm Innenmaulweite, 15x110/12x148mm Boost, black 29"
- Weight: 14.8kg
- Price: €1,699 // £1,541.96

Ground Control 2


- Fork: RockShox Revelation RC, 120mm, 29''
- Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, Debonair
- Brakes: Shimano BL-MT501/BR-MT500, 180mm Rotors
- Drivetrain: Shimano FC-MT6100, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Shimano SLX Cassette, Rear Mech, Chain and Shifter
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 60mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 760mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Continental Mountain King III ShieldWall System, TL Ready, 29x2.3
- Wheels: DT Swiss M 1900 Spline, 30mm, 15x110/12x148mm Boost, 29"
- Weight: 14.2kg
- Price: €1,999 // £1,814.23

Ground Control 3


- Fork: RockShox Pike Select Charger RC, 120mm, 29''
- Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, Debonair
- Brakes: Formula Cura 2, 180mm Rotors
- Drivetrain: Shimano XT FC-M8100, 32T, 175mm Cranks // Shimano XT Cassette, Shifter and Rear Mech and SLX Chain
- Dropper: ROSE Dropper, 31,6mm, 150mm
- Cockpit: Level Nine Race, 6°, 31,8 mm, 60mm // Level Nine Race, Rise 15mm, Back Sweep 9°, UP Sweep 5°, 31,8 mm, 760mm
- Contact: Ergon GA20 Grips // Selle Italia X3 Flow Saddle
- Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic SnakeSkin, Addix Spgrip 29x2,35
- Wheels: DT Swiss M 1700 Spline, 15x110/12x148mm Boost, 29"
- Weight: 13.5kg
- Price: €2,499 // £2,268.01




Find out more about the Root Miller and Ground Control range of bike here.





114 Comments

  • 77 0
 Big brain time: Rose bikes was created by operations within Specialized to test their lawyers to make sure they're still paying attention during COVIDtine
  • 4 1
 10
  • 46 2
 29 only? Pass. I’m on that 36 shit
  • 20 0
 dude you'll be so fast on those 1700g tires... and won't even feel the hikers and e-bikers you mow down!
  • 5 1
 Eight
  • 41 1
 Rose bikes, Be warned Specialized already has the name ground control.
  • 19 3
 and your bike looks just like a Stumpjumper minus the top tube support
  • 6 0
 @Leethal-1: All joking aside, it looks pretty close to a stumpjumper and the same name as a Specialized (older) bike and tire... if ever Specialized had a case for legit trademark infringement this is it.
  • 22 0
 In the EU ne Name Ground Control is trademarked by Rose
euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#basic/1+1+1+1/100+100+100+100/ground%20control
  • 2 0
 @dark-o: good, otherwise specializeds lawyers would be over there beating the crap out of them over a name....
#iamspecial-ed
  • 3 2
 Nine
  • 7 0
 Bowie said it was fine.
  • 1 0
 @Leethal-1: The Ground Control looks like a Camber
  • 18 0
 Best value on the market right now. Geo still a little bit on the conservative side regarding HA especially, but still should be very capable. Imho much better design and colors than the older versions, too. Killer spec at the price!

...and yes I own a Rose. Extremely good service, super happy with it. Also I like the feeling of them being more on the "underdog" side of things comparing to YT and Canyon, they dont push the marketing as much and just deliver. Two thumbs up from me!
  • 5 0
 Never had one but def. considered them. The alu roadbikes are also extremely good value. Also they are a family business since the beginning, which adds a nice touch.
  • 4 4
 Six
  • 14 0
 Specialized sues in 3,2,1... They sued a bike shop called Cafe Roubaix, which is the name of a town in France. Ground Control has no... grounds.
  • 31 0
 But did they sue David Bowie???
  • 5 0
 @smartyiak: take your protein pills
  • 4 3
 Seven
  • 2 0
 @smartyiak:
The name of the song is "space oddity", not "ground control"...
  • 4 0
 @notthatfast: No kidding? You must be fun at parties.
  • 3 0
 @scary1: I'm not even reading the comments. I'm just checking the score.
  • 1 0
 @smartyiak:
I mean if you're gonna try to be funny your jokes might as well make sense...
  • 2 0
 @notthatfast: At least 29 other people were smart enough to get it. shrug>
  • 11 1
 Wow, I am digging that we are seeing more and more bikes that offer a great spec at a good value. Keep it up!
  • 5 0
 100% agree altough Rose was one of the cheaper D2C Brands since at least 10 years
  • 3 5
 Five
  • 1 0
 @scary1: What are you counting?

Edit: I see, you were having problems with countdown. Because you are counting up? I'm missing the joke.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: with a bike called ground control, and the recent SpaceX aborted launch, he probably thought it would be funny to throw a countdown like in Bowie's song "space oddity" (which contains "ground control" in its lyrics)
  • 1 0
 @vinay: commencing countdown engines on.
  • 10 0
 Only €3,399 for the fox 36 and DPX2 in kashima and decent Sram drivetrain isn't a bad deal. Am I wrong?
  • 8 0
 Take that YT! Bikes look great and are much better value than eg a Jeffsy right now
  • 4 6
 Four
  • 6 0
 Looks like a cooler and older stumpy!
  • 5 0
 "Ooh looks nice, wonder if they deliver to Canda"

570,00 € Shipping = NOPE
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the specs/pricing look good to me and I'd love to support them, but shipping to US is a deal-breaker. But truth be told, perhaps it's best to have local distribution and support.... would hate to send parts back-and-forth across the pond.
  • 4 0
 Way things are, you could fly to germany and pick it up yourself for that kind of money.
  • 3 0
 Boooiiiooiioiooiii!!
  • 5 3
 One
  • 3 1
 @scary1: Ben wah balls??
  • 1 1
 @fries: way underrated comment my good sir. A thousand tips of the cap.
  • 5 0
 Best bike name of all time IMO... awesome looking bikes as well!
  • 1 0
 Love the Shimano brakes but you still have to deal with eagle transmission ... I went on the website since you can custom your bike before order, and only choice for trans is another eagle pos. On the market for a new enduro bike but don't want to deal will the sell of eagle trans, Rose you f***ed up !
  • 1 0
 You can further costumise your bike with every part on their catalog (www.rosebikes.com/bike-parts/drivetrain), if you write them.
  • 2 0
 €660.00 for delivery to United States of America. In USD that's $792. Holy... and here I was about to suggest looking at ROSE to a buddy. $200, maybe even $250 would be one thing, nearly 800 is over the top.
  • 4 0
 Probably entry taxes. 'Cause you need to make 'Murica great again ! Don't you dare buy foreign products you traitor loool
  • 1 0
 Guess I'd better hit up Gravity Gorilla or something, eh? Too bad I can't afford them. Boned either way, looks like, damn it!
  • 3 0
 Long travel looks like a BMC/Giant hybrid, short travel looks like an Epic Evo.
  • 5 0
 #holyslackseatangle
  • 3 0
 Looks pretty much exactly like my 2016 Trance, sweet, my bike is cool again!
  • 3 3
 Year 2017 called, wants its geo back. Specs are quite good for the price, but that's all, unfortunately. Reach is not that bad, though. They've missed the chance to have a killer bike. Even just a steeper seat angle would make it much more appealing. They even have a nice configurator with component options. Not that bad to be honest. Not everyone needs the lowest-longest-slackest bike. Comparable to Canyon Spectral in fact.
  • 4 4
 Two
  • 2 2
 And, not everyone needs to be sitting straight up like they are on a bar stool. At least for the 120 bike the SA is too steep if you are going to be doing much pedaling and long days.
  • 1 0
 Yes, I agree. I was looking at it from my own perspective of a tall guy. It gets progressively worse going up in frame size and dropper post length, but that's valid for most of the bikes. That's why I like and think Norco is doing it right.
  • 5 1
 That Root Miller 2 is a winner.
  • 1 0
 Shame too, because their bikes are great looking. Sure, the geo is conservative for these days, but still "modern" enough to make for a really fun bike. I love the customization options, too.
  • 2 0
 Ground control 3 looks very interesting to me but looking on the Rose website there's a 16 week wait. Why release a bike you cant buy?
  • 8 4
 Yawn
  • 3 1
 Two in a row eh Jimmy?
  • 5 1
 Houston, we have a problem with the countdown
  • 3 0
 Wow thanks PB. Really messed that joke up for me
  • 1 0
 @scary1: Nice try though. And the mystery was good!
  • 1 0
 @railin: lol thanks.
  • 1 1
 Why do companies cheap out on specs by putting a nice derailleur and a heavy cassette and crank? A lighter cassette and crank would be better and the shifting performance would be better.
  • 1 0
 Cranks dont impact shifting. Cassette is a wear item while derraileur is not (should not be).
  • 1 1
 @GZMS: excuse me I meant to say the same. I had a brain fart.
Also the better cranks and cassette would save weight
  • 3 2
 Three
  • 3 0
 Nice 67° actual seat tube angle on the Root Miller...
  • 4 1
 Ground Control to Major Tom....
  • 3 1
 I highly recommend the Pinkbike comment section on mushrooms. You guys are so freaking funny!!
  • 3 1
 'Root Miller' is the best Rose bike name since the Granite Chief
  • 3 1
 I hope Rose has a good legal team...
  • 2 0
 That Root Miller 3 is an absolute steal!!
  • 2 0
 Killer prices, especially the Ground Control.
  • 2 0
 And the award for the bike that looks like every other bike goes to...
  • 2 1
 Those drawings are terrible, best confiscate the crayon from the muppet responsible for them.
  • 3 1
 So Rose released a Giant Trance/Stance and a Cannondale Scalpel?
  • 1 0
 The retired their eBike TEC FS? the webpage is empty:

www.rosebikes.com/bikes/mtb/e-bike/elec-tec-fs
  • 1 0
 I would seriously consider the Root Miller 2 - but 600 Euros worth of shipping to North America is crazy.
  • 3 1
 Looks like a Trance.
  • 3 1
 Looks like a Scott
  • 3 2
 Open face helmet with goggles still look goofy!
  • 1 0
 The long travel one looks like a Scott Spark
  • 2 1
 In the tune of Montgomery Gentry: "I feel a lawsuit, comin' on"
  • 1 0
 This is Ground Control to Major Tom)
  • 1 1
 Ground Control looks like the new Scalpel
  • 1 3
 That's because it is
  • 1 1
 Looks like... a Radon Swoop from the last years.
  • 3 3
 That Ground Control, extremely ugly.
  • 1 1
 Did Giant and Scott have a baby?
  • 1 0
 No 27.5? Pity.
  • 3 4
 looks like a S Epic and a Ransom
  • 3 5
 Can I put a 140 or 150 mm fork on a bike that has a max recommendation of a 120 mm fork? (Its a 2020 Trek Roscoe)
  • 32 0
 Should I do a Roth or traditional IRA?

(just thought while we were posting questions unrelated to the article I'd go ahead)
  • 2 0
 Yes. Dunno whether you should. But you definitely could.
  • 8 0
 @rickybobby18: Trick question! Invest in bikes instead. Unless it’s a Trek Roscoe on the buy/sell forum with a cracked headtube.
  • 9 0
 @rickybobby18: traditional IRA. Trust me, Im 26
  • 3 3
 Why, when buying a bike, which you obviously did, would you not buy the bike with the suspension travel you want? Also why would you think putting a 140 or 150 fork would make the bike ride better? And finally why are you asking this question here instead of either googling it, this question has been addressed many times over in many different places, or in the forums where it belongs?
  • 3 0
 @Jimmy0: I'd vote Roth IRA. Given the rise in US discretionary spending over time, tax rates are almost certain to go up to sustain them. With that in mind, I'd rather pay taxes on it now and withdraw on more favorable terms later.

Trust me, I'm 27 AND an accountant
  • 2 1
 @Connerv6: Imagine the civil unrest if they raise taxes...
  • 3 0
 Fuck it put a 180 on it
  • 1 2
 @boozed: everyone wants free healthcare and college til it comes time to pay for it, then you get Bern'd
  • 1 0
 Don't do it. The Roscoe already has a short reach and slack seat tube. Overforking will amplify both problems, and subject the frame to extra stress that it wasn't designed to handle. The Roscoe is already basically an overforked 100 mm bike. It's the same frame as the X-Caliber.
  • 1 2
 60mm stem needs binning but other than that nice builds and prices
  • 1 3
 Looks like a Smuggler
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