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.
Capable, tough and quick aluminium adventure bike for exploring the world...Read more
At a glance
- SRAM Apex 11-speed groupset
- Camino Carbon fork
- Sonder Nova 700c wheelset
- 6061 aluminium frame
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 50mm or 650b x 2.1" 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. Triple cage mount on the top of the downtube allows for 2 different mounting positions for the bottle cage for extra bag clearance or to fit a Lug-Kage.
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|
Tuned for long days with trail capabilty at its heart. The long wheelbase and 69° head angle make for a stable and confident ride, even over rough trails. Every size has been tuned for a 50-70mm stem so every rider gets direct and responsive steering.
Wide open tyre clearance
The Camino swallows huge tyres. Ride 700c x 50mm or 650b x 2.2” - that’s most mountain bike tyres covered.
Carbon monocoque fork
Lightweight, stiff and responsive. The Camino's full carbon fork gives direct steering and smooth braking. It's completely adventure ready with mudguard and rack mounts.
Full rack, guard and expedition mounts
Take anything anywhere. The Camino has mounts for everything you need - panniers, guards and extra mounts for adding cages to the forks. The downtube has triple cage mounts so you can set your bottle to be at a height for easy reach or lower to accommodate larger frame bags.
Internal Cable Routing
Clean lines and tidy cables thanks to fully guided internal routing. The Camino also has routing for a dropper seatpost.
Bottom bracket for the real world
A BSA threaded bottom bracket is super-durable and readily available, wherever you find yourself. So it’s not a pain in the bottom bracket!
|Frame:||Camino Al Frame / 6061 aluminium|
|Fork:||Camino Carbon / monocoque|
|Headset:||FSA Orbit C-40-ACB|
|Shifters:||SRAM Apex / 1x / 11-speed / mechanical|
|Brakes:||UNI / mechanical / flat mount|
|Rotors:||Avid Centreline / 160mm / 6-bolt|
|Rear derailleur:||SRAM Apex / 11-speed / long cage|
|Chainset:||SRAM Apex 1 / 1x / 172.5mm / 40t|
|Cassette:||SRAM PG1130 / 11-speed / 11-42t|
|Chain:||SRAM PC1110 / 11-speed|
|Bottom bracket:||SRAM GXP / BSA-threaded / 68mm|
|Wheels:||Sonder Nova 700c|
|Tyres:||Donnelly X'Plor MSO TL / 700c x 40mm / black|
|Tubes:||WTB Inner Tube / 700c x 38-45mm|
|Seatpost:||Sonder Seatpost / 31.6mm|
|Bar tape:||Sonder Reels / black|
|Frame:||S: 1.9kg; M: 2.0kg; L: 2.0kg; XL: 2.1kg|
|Build:||S: TBC; M: TBC; L: TBC; XL: TBC|
|Pedals not included with full builds|
Generally we recommend: Small: Riders between 5ft 2in and 5ft 7in Medium: Riders between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in Large: Riders between 5ft 9in and 6ft 2in X-Large: 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||460||490||520||550|
|TT - Top tube||536||562||592||629|
|HT - Head tube||150||170||190||210|
|HA - Head angle||69||69||69||69|
|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||1051||1073||1105||1132|
|SO - Stand over||752||773||795||815|
|RE - Reach||380||395||420||440|
|SK - Stack||563||582||600||619|
|Weight: S: 1.9kg; M: 2.0kg; L: 2.0kg; XL: 2.1kg|
|One piece carbon monocoque fork|
|Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm|
|Seat tube OD 34.9mm|
|Headset: IS42/28.6 | IS52/40|
|Disk brake only|
|Mud guard and pannier rack mounts 700 x 50mm or 650b x 2.2” tyre clearance 12mm bolt through axles at both ends|
An excellent option for all round adventuring
Sonder have played a blinder with the Camino, producing a fast, fun and comfortable bike with no obvious flaws. Often we test bikes that have a but… , such as a high cost, a press fit BB or feeling weighty but not here. The Camino lives up to the ideal of an Adventure bike, a compromise of road vs trail, but without ever feeling out of its depth.
Up front, it was flared drops that really had us surprised, thinking they were just a quirky, beard stroking addition; they are fundamental to the stability of handling in the rough.
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.
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"Available both in aluminium and titanium, there are options for those on a budget as well as those looking for a dream build. Regardless of the chosen material, both frames feature the same design elements that make this an incredibly practical bike.
The cables are external and fully housed, making them well-sealed from any grime degrading shifting quality. They are also a lot easier to work on should you be unfortunate enough to be subject to a mid-ride mechanical.
Downtube bottle bosses, mounting points on the carbon front fork, discrete mounts for mudguards and the ability to take a pannier rack make this bike capable for carrying large loads. Keeping the steering under control and inspiring confidence on technical descents are the slack head angle together with the long wheelbase".
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With its flexible wheel size options and plenty of tyre clearance, there’s scope for building the Sonder Camino AL however you want it. However, as built, this Rival 1 option seems to me to be a great fit straight out the box. If you can’t fork out for this higher end build kit straight away, the ride quality is such that the frame makes a good candidate for later upgrades, and the handling is simply excellent. Unless your heart is set on steel, titanium, or carbon, I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want this bike. I do want this bike, and I’m genuinely sorry to be sending it back.
A great value bike capable of much more both on and off road than the price might suggest.