Rondo RUUT CF

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17.20, 19.80 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Rondo RUUT CF. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • A flip-chip adjusts geometry from 'aggressive and racy' to 'stable and relaxed', effectively making the RUUT both a race bike and an endurance bike.
  • RUUT CFs are furnished with plenty of frame and fork bolts for bikepacking.
  • The RUUT CF0, CF1 and CF2 accommodate tires up to 700x45c or 27.5x2.2”.
  • Asymmetric, dropped chainstays keep a tight back-end with wide tire clearance.
  • SRAM Force and Rival hydraulic brakes were reliable and strong.
  • Flattened carbon tubing and 40c tires made for a cushioned, forgiving ride.
  • Short, 420mm chainstays make the RUUT CF a quick and reactive bike.
  • The RUUT’s versatility is expanded by compatibility for wide 650b tires.
  • The stiff Twintip Carbon 2.0 fork delivered agile and responsive handling at speed.
  • The RUUT CF's bold frame design and subtle colors impressed visually.
  • Rondo own-brand aluminum rims were deemed “bombproof".
  • SRAM Force and Rival drivetrains deliver a 420% gear range, using a 42t chainring and 10-42t cassette.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers felt that the RUUT CF range could be more competitive on price.
  • Two reviewers found adjustment of the TwinTip fork to be fiddly.
  • Though tough, Rondo own-brand aluminum rims were heavy, on the 2020 CF2.
  • The Twintip Carbon 2.0 fork was stiff, delivering some feedback on chatter.
  • After long-term testing, one expert noticed play in Rondo OEM wheel bearings.
  • The 19.8lb weight of the CF2 was seen as being on the heavier side for carbon.

Bottom line

Like many of Rondo’s bikes, a flip-chip on the fork allows riders to adjust the bike’s geometry and ride characteristics. The ‘Hi’ setting suits longer distance rides at a more relaxed pace. On the ‘Low’ setting, the RUUT moves into a racy, aggressive profile that suits gravel racing and on-road riding with skinny, slick tires. This innovation earned Rondo and the RUUT CF series a Eurobike Gold award. Aesthetics divided critics, who saw it as either ‘modern, stylish and risky’ or ‘bulky and awkward’. Even without the unique fork and variable geometry, reviewers and users rated the RUUT CF series highly for the excellent ride characteristics and quality that was delivered. As is usually the case with this level of attention to design and function, a high price is asked. For those with shallower pockets, there is the alloy-framed RUUT AL.

Expert Reviews

79/100 based on 6 expert reviews
80
BikeRadar
Level 5 expert

Rondo Ruut CF1 Review

Level 5 expert

…a bike that can do pretty much everything a drop-bar bike could feasibly be expected to do… a comfortable bike to ride on a wide range of uneven surfaces… It’s one of the few gravel bikes that don’t feel like a compromise in road cycling situations…

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off-road.cc
Level 3 expert

Rondo Ruut CF2 Review

Level 3 expert

The longer trail in the Lo setting creates more stability and slower steering, while the shorter trail of the Hi mode produces a more agile bike… I can see the former being good for gravel races and the latter for bike packing adventures… the Ruut CF2 has been designed for covering ground at speed and it’s one that doesn’t let up on the road.

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80
Cyclist
Level 4 expert

Rondo RUUT CF2 Review

Level 4 expert

…the Rondo Ruut CF2 is an advanced, intelligent and thoroughly fun bike if your appetite for riding extends beyond the tarmac… the bike does showcase some impressive innovations and unique off-road prowess, but consumers will have to decide whether that is worth the premium.

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80
Cykelportalen
Level 3 expert

Tested: Rondo Ruut [Danish]

Level 3 expert

It is light and accelerates well and the elongated driving position signals speed and race… The Twin Tip front fork is more of a gimmick to impress cycling friends than any real driving improvement.

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80
Velomotion
Level 2 expert

Rondo RUUT CF 2 Gravel Bike Test: Fast Gravel Bike With a Striking Look [German]

Level 2 expert

The Rondo RUUT CF 2 is a fun, sporty bike with its own character. Especially when starting out, the bike always put a big grin on our faces. Despite the wide tires, the comfort left a bit to be desired on poor ground. The equipment was convincing and the geometry adjustment was also pleasing…

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