Sonder Camino Al [V2] Apex1 Hydraulic
Aluminium Camino with flared drop bar for greater comfort over distance, with the SRAM Apex1 groupset and hydraulic brakes for precise performance on rough terrains.
£1099.00 Was: £1199.00
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Camino Al Frame [V2]
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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 Carbon Fork
- Brakes: SRAM Apex Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- Groupset: SRAM Apex1, 11 speed, Long Cage
- Rims: Love Mud Orbit
- Tyres: WTB Ridler 37c Comp
- 650b/700c wheel options available
- 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 40 mm or 650b x 47mm 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.
SRAM’s Apex1 groupset gives reliable shifting action at an unrivalled cost. X-Sync tooth profile ensures secure engagement between the chainring and chain to stop it from coming off. The X-Horizon derailleur and Roller Bearing Clutch to keep the chain gap consistent and taught, preventing chain slap on rough terrain.
The 1 x 11 gearing, with an 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|
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.
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.
Big tyre clearance for tackling mixed terrains: up to 650b x 47 mm or 700c x 40 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.
Lightweight, strong and responsive with an alloy steerer; kitted out with mudguard mounts which accommodate racks for lightweight loads
Opt for the modern ultra-light bikepacking luggage or load up with panniers on the rear rack mounts.
Lightweight, durable and strong aluminium frame.
|Weight (kg): S: 1.9; M: 2.0,; L: 2.0; XL: 2.1|
|Carbon fork with alloy steerer|
|Seatpost diameter: 27.2 mm|
|Seat tube OD 31.8 mm|
|Headset: ZS44/28.6 | EC44/40|
|Disk brake only|
|Mud guard and pannier rack mounts|
Generally we recommend:
- Riders between 5ft 2in and 5ft 7in
- Riders between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in
- Riders between 5ft 9in and 6ft 2in
- 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.
|ST - Seat tube||470||490||520||550|
|TT - Top tube||525||550||570||590|
|HT - Head tube||130||150||170||190|
|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||367||382||397||399|
|SK - Stack||568||587||605||624|
|Build||SRAM Apex1 Hydraulic|
|Frame||Camino AL Frame|
|Fork||Camino AL Fork, Carbon bladed, Alloy Steerer, Rack/guard mounts|
|Rear mech||Sram Apex1, 11 Speed, Long Cage|
|Cassette||Sram PG1130, 11-42|
|Chainset||Sram Apex1 GXP, 172.5 mm|
|Chainring||Sram 40 tooth X-Sync|
|Bottom Bracket||Sram GXP Team, BSA Threaded|
|Handlebar||Love Mud Bomber|
|Headset||Love Mud Rumour, Semi-integrated, Sealed Bearing|
|Stem||Love Mud Storc|
|Spacers||Love Mud Spacer Pack|
|Tape/Grips||Love Mud Reels|
|Shifter||Sram Apex1 Double Tap, 11 Speed|
|Brakes||SRAM Apex Hydraulic Disc Brakes|
|Rotors||Avid Centreline, 160 mm|
|Seatpost||Love Mud Membar, 27.2 mm|
|Seat clamp||Love Mud Gromit 31.8 mm|
|Saddle||Love Mud Abode|
|Rims||Love Mud Orbit 700c (default) or Love Mud Volution 650b|
|Tyres||WTB Riddler 37c Comp (default) or WTB Byways 47c|
|Tubes||WTB Inner Tube, 700, 38-45|
|Frame||S: 1.9 kg; M: 2.0 kg; L: 2.0 kg; XL: 2.1 kg|
|Fork (uncut)||0.84 kg|
|Built||S: 10.56 kg; M: 10.59 kg; L: TBC; XL: TBC
Unfortunately we haven't been able to weigh these bikes yet, please bear with us and we'll update this page as soon as we can
|Pedals not included with full builds|
Swapouts and Upgrades
You can interchange Love Mud components on this build at no additional cost. So if you want a different length of stem, a particular saddle or bar then let us know in the notes section in the checkout and we'll get in touch. We also hold big stocks of SRAM, Rockshox, WTB and regular build with Shimano, Hope, Cane Creek. We'll build your Sonder with any part that suits your needs. Give us a call, with the same experienced mechanic helping throughout your build you know who to call if there's anything you want to know.
Alpine Bond Warranty
We offer a 10 year guarantee on both our handmade titanium and Reynolds steel frames. Our hand welded 6061-T6 alloy triple butted frames and carbon frames come with a 5 year manufacturing defect warranty. All our bikes are built, checked and signed off by Cytech trained mechanics before being despatched to you in a custom-made bike box.
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One bike for (nearly) all my needs. Love it.
A friend and myself tried these bikes out at Ambleside and were really impressed. I needed a new bike for commuting (which includes some bridal paths) and fun times out in the countryside and this bike really fitted the bill. It's a really smart looking bike - I opted for the grey version (mainly because my mate bought the red one) which has a sort of understated class to it. It put some SKS mudguards on it (required some bending of the stays on the front) which make it look less sexy, but I prefer to keep my backside dry! The SRAM Apex 1 gears are just a joy - quiet and smooth changing. I was a bit worried about a 1x11 after coming from a 3x9 MTB, but after a few rides to get used to it I find it perfectly capable for the big hills around my way. Brakes took a bit of bedding in, but feel super positive now. Mine has the super flared bomber handlebars (which are always a conversation starter when people see them); they make the drops feel really stable, especially over rougher terrain. I found the seat that come with the bike very uncomfortable, so had to swap that out, but you can't expect one seat to fit all backsides...
There are a few niggles: firstly, the paintwork scratches very easily. The paintwork on my wife's Giant is much more durable. Secondly, whilst the supplied WTB Riddler tyres are really fast and grippy, they puncture really easily. Like, seriously easy... every tine thorn or chip of sharp stone goes straight though them and pops the inner tube. I had 3 punctures in one day and must have had over a dozen since I have had the bike. Finally, I feel like the bar tape could be a bit thicker; it's quite thin and makes the bars feel a bit uncomfortable on long ride - although I do have big hands which probably exacerbates this.
Whilst the build quality is excellent, I did have to adjust the barrel adjuster on the Apex derailleur when the bike arrived as the chain would not stay on the largest cog. This was fairly straightforward, but I watched a few YouTube videos first to make sure I knew what I was doing!
So in summary:
- Great components
- Good build quality
- Looks great.
- A joy to ride.
- Paintwork marks/chips/scratches ~really~ easily.
- WTB riddler tyres not very durable (too many punctures)
- Bar tape could be thicker for better comfort.
- I wish I had bought it when it was on sale!!!
Master of All Trades
Have been riding the Camino for a few weeks now and finally had the opportunity to really put it to the test at the weekend during a 70-mile tow-path and riverside trip in the Bristol Avon area. It copes beautifully with rougher gravel/off-road surfaces, as one would expect, but what astounds me is how comfortable and adept it is in covering long miles on regular roads; the flared bars (which initially took some getting used t) offering the optimum position for eating up the miles while riding on the drops. I was expecting the 11-speed rear cassette to be a little agricultural but not a bit of it - the gears are as smooth and responsive as one could wish for. Ditto the brakes, which give great stopping power even on wet, mud-caked downhill stretches/ Another plus is the saddle, so often a corner cut on factory models. Couldn't be more pleased and thoroughly recommend to anyone thinking of exploring gravel bikes. Thanks too to everyone at Sonder for their great service.
So. Much. Fun. (and incredible value)
Just so brilliant. Having ridden an endurance road bike for the past couple of years, but not having the clearance for any tyres above 28mm, I wanted to get a bike that was more versatile.
Bit the bullet and got this bike and it was the best decision ever. Use it for daily commuting, longer rides and bike packing. The group-set is brill, have only had experience of Shimano in the past but quickly becoming a SRAM convert. There are plenty of gears for shredding on the flat and heading off road, and the brakes are the best I've used.
The bike looks great, love the chilli colour, and it's nice to be riding something a little bit different from the norm.
Overall I'm super impressed. It's amazing value, looks great, rides great and is versatile for all sorts of rides. Hoping I won't need another bike!
Thanks Sonder and team!
I could no longer resist
BMX track :-(
I have been a Alpkit customer for quite a while and they have never let me down, hence without seeing a transmitter I bought one and love it and the same thing happened with the Camino.
The idea of a do it all bike appealed because to say I am a bit over biked with the transmitter is a fare statement so I hit the button on the Camino.
A few short and sweet emails bounced about between me and Neal I was not sure on the wheel size so as a cop out I ordered a set of 700c wheels to, and decided on 650b with a set of Byways.
So it arrived built by Liam ( he is bloody good) faultless build and even the seat post was spot on height wise but that's a fluke.
Those bomber bars looked plane daft but hey lets try em before moaning, so I bolted them on fitted a set of spd's and rolled up over our local beauty spot Culmstock Beacon.
The riding position with them there daft bars was spot on and well just felt right Sram double tap after a couple of minutes felt natural and I had no twitching for the front mech nowt wrong with the 1x. All I can say is on the road it rolled along nicely and made you enjoy the journey with nice relaxed handling as opposed to my race bike.
Off road it just shone what else can I say it worked far better than the rigid MTB's of the 90's with brakes that worked ok the BB is a bit low but you soon get used to it. I did get a bit cocky and decided to go down proper off road stuff and had me laughing because it even worked where it should not.
Now the bad bit about the camino quite frankly its useless on a BMX track but that's hardly a fault is it not that I was expecting anything but I just had to try ( kids eh)
I suppose wanted to get a bike with through axles but would it make any difference to the ride I doubt it because there is nothing wrong with qr's.
Will I ever try the 700c option I doubt it as delivered the bike is brilliant.
The saddle looks ok but it's just the wrong shape for me so its back to the spoon quite quicky.
The only problem is the Camino is now my go to bike yes its that good.
If your hovering over the buy button you will not regret getting one of these ok lets put it this way I have never seen one second hand and that speaks volumes.
Thanks Neal, Liam and all at Alpkit
Al Camino - A do it all bike!
I bought bike to do a bit of touring off road and on; and it does both great. I went for the 650 wheels, which I find offer great stability and none of the twitchiness you get with skinnier tyres on the gravelly stuff. The bike rides like an old fashioned fully rigid 90's mountain bike (in a reminiscing good way) , however the low bottom bracket does promote pedal knocks on the bouncy stuff. The gear ratios are spot on for the road miles and the steep hills, even for a unfit fat knacker, I never feel I'm missing a gear. I have added an extra layer of bar tape and a charge spoon saddle for comfort, and lock fit bar plugs as the originals fell out, these are minor points. Overall if I had one bike to do it all, this would be it. Shame the price dropped by £100 two weeks after purchasing.