The ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS promises to be the ultimate marathon racer thanks to optimal power transfer, lots of comfort and maximum integration. We put it to the test to find out whether it’s got what it takes to deliver as an all-road bike with its top-end SRAM groupset and proprietary carbon components.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best all-road bike 2022 – 7 models on test

ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC Red eTap AXS | 10–33T/172,5 mm (f/r)
7.45 kg in size 57 | € 8,099 | Manufacturer’s website

The ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC Red eTap AXS is marketed as a marathon racer, aiming to combine efficient pedalling with a pleasant level of comfort. One thing’s for sure: the brand new ROSE Endurance One-Piece Cockpit brings the bike a big step closer to delivering on this promise, featuring a 90 mm stem length and a handlebar width of 400 mm. With its fully integrated design, it offers improved aerodynamics while its carbon layup adds significantly more compliance and thus comfort up front.

ROSE also chose to rely on in-house components for the wheels. The ROSE RC-Forty/Fifty Disc wheelset relies on an asymmetric design just like those on the Cervélo Caledonia-5 ULTEGRA Di2, featuring a 37 mm rim depth up front and 47 mm rim depth at the rear. With an internal rim width of 19 mm, the fitted 700 x 32C Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR tires inflate to a true width of just 31 mm, resulting in more of a balloon shape that offers less support through the corners than a U shape would. Other than that, this latest version of the high-volume Continental tires is a good choice for an all-road bike, offering a good level of vibration damping, minimal rolling resistance, and lots of puncture resistance. As the name suggests, ROSE have reached for SRAM’s top-shelf components when speccing the REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS, making no compromises in terms of shifting precision and speed, though the new DURA-ACE Di2 groupset on the Trek Domane SLR 9 is just slightly faster and more precise.

Integration made easy
Fully-integrated one-piece cockpits are difficult for direct-to-consumer brands to implement since they can be complex for customers to assemble. Not so on the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS.
Flex it baby
Thanks to the low position of the seat post clamp and the open seat tube above it, the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS allows the seat post to flex, providing plenty of compliance at the rear.
Direct mount
The rear brake calliper of the SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD brakes is mounted directly to the frame, despite being paired with a 160 mm rotor. That gets two thumbs up from us.


€ 8,099


Seatpost ROSE D-Shape D-Shape
Brakes SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD 160/160 mm
Drivetrain SRAM Red eTap AXS 2x12
Chainring 46/33T
Stem ROSE One Piece Endurance 90 mm
Handlebar ROSE One Piece Endurance 400 mm
Wheelset ROSE RC-Forty/Fifty Disc
Tires Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR
Cranks SRAM Red eTap AXS 172,5 mm
Cassette SRAM CS-XG-1290-D1

Technical Data

Size 50 53 55 57 59 61 64
Weight 7.45 kg

Specific Features

new one-piece cockpit with excellent integration
low seat post clamp for added flex
lots of tire clearance
clean look thanks to subtle branding

Our tip for frugal buyers
With a price tag of € 8,099 for the SRAM RED eTap AXS equipped ROSE, it’s a hot tip for frugal buyers. You won’t get better components for the price with any other bike on test.
Two sides of the coin
While we really liked the 700 x 32C Continental Grand Prix 500 S TR tires, the 19 mm internal rim width of the ROSE RC-Forty/Fifty Disc wheels is just too narrow, not offering enough support for the tires and having a detrimental effect on the handling precision.
Enough room
With a maximum tire clearance of 32 mm, the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS is bang on trend and even then you still have plenty of clearance left at the fork.

Finally, more comfort up front – thanks to the new one-piece carbon cockpit, the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS is ready to tackle bumpy roads.

With the 46/33 t crankset and 11–33 t cassette, ROSE have opted for a similar approach to the gearing as on the BMC Roadmachine X ONE with its 1x drivetrain, sacrificing some of its top speed on the flats and descents for added reserves on the climbs, offering a 1:1 ratio in the easiest gear. That way, less fit riders should also be able to conquer almost every climb. Unlike the BMC, however, ROSE do so while relying on a 2x drivetrain in favour of smaller gear jumps, though it means that some gears overlap. In size 57, our test bike tips the scales at 7.45 kg, which puts it near the average of the test field, and it’s priced at € 8,099.

Size 50 53 55 57 59 61 64
Seat tube 450 mm 475 mm 495 mm 515 mm 537 mm 566 mm 600 mm
Top tube 512 mm 530 mm 542 mm 554 mm 568 mm 590 mm 615 mm
Head tube 120 mm 142 mm 154 mm 170 mm 190 mm 208 mm 230 mm
Head angle 71.5° 72.0° 72.5° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
Seat angle 75.0° 74.5° 74.3° 74.0° 73.5° 73.0° 72.5°
Chainstays 410 mm 410 mm 412 mm 412 mm 415 mm 417 mm 420 mm
BB Drop 75 mm 75 mm 75 mm 75 mm 72 mm 72 mm 72 mm
Wheelbase 976 mm 984 mm 991 mm 995 mm 1,008 mm 1,027 mm 1,049 mm
Reach 368 mm 375 mm 381 mm 385 mm 389 mm 400 mm 412 mm
Stack 536 mm 558 mm 572 mm 589 mm 605 mm 622 mm 643 mm
Helmet Specialized Airnet | Glasses Oakley Encoder
Jacket Rapha Brevet Insulated Gilet | Jersey Rapha Core Long Sleeve Jersey
Shorts Rapha Classic Bib Short | Shoes Specialized S-Works 7


The ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS is similar to the BMC Roadmachine X ONE in terms of acceleration. The rear end is stiff enough to convert all of your pedalling input into propulsion, though it still doesn’t feel as light-footed as the other bikes on test due to the rotating mass of the high-volume tubeless tires. That said, once you’re up to speed, the bike holds its pace efficiently, which is underlined by its good aerodynamics and excellent vibration damping. In terms of efficiency, the ROSE sits at about the front of the mid pack of the test field. The vibration damping is on par with the Sarto Seta Disc, coming in close behind the Specialized Aethos Expert and the class-leading BMC Roadmachine X ONE. Other than that, the comfort is nicely balanced between the front and rear, and the REVEAL SIX DISC is capable of absorbing bigger impacts too. However, we must mention that the comfort at the rear is heavily dependent on the setback and how far you’ve got the seat post extended. The less setback and the less the seat post is extended, the less compliance you’ll have.

The handling of the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC Red eTap AXS is good-natured, allowing beginners to get along with the bike. It strikes a good balance between composure and agility, initiating turns with ease yet without feeling nervous. The bike falls behind regarding precision due to the wheel and tire combination. Paired with the narrow internal rim width, the wide tires inflate to more of a balloon shape, which means that they’ve got less support than they would on rims with a wider internal width where they’d inflate to a U shape, making them less stable and precise through the corners. Initiating a turn is easy, but it takes a little more input to get the bike leaning over any further. When cornering aggressively, you’ll also want to shift your weight forward in order to generate enough grip on the front wheel. If you’re aware of these aspects when cornering, the Continental tires offer a lot of grip while cornering and braking. As such, you can make good use of the stopping power offered by the SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD brakes, which are paired with 160 mm rotors front and rear.

Tuning tip: wider rims to give the high-volume tires more support and thus more precision through the corners

So, the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS delivers exactly as promised, excelling as a fast bike for long rides that include poorly maintained roads. Compared to the best bikes on test, however, it can’t keep up in terms of speed and handling, though it manages to stick with a very strong mid field.

Riding Characteristics



  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively


  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data


Size: 50 53 55 57 59 61 64
Weight: 7.45 kg
Price: € 8,099

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

Our conclusion on the ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS

The ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC RED eTap AXS is the right choice for all those who want a good natured bike featuring top-end components at a fair price. That said, it isn’t just a good all-road choice for beginners. It’s also aimed at those who enjoy long rides or fast commutes without racing against the clock or putting out their back when they ride. If you want maximum speed and precision, you’ll find faster and more agile bikes in the test field.


  • integration made easy for a direct-to-consumer bike
  • gear ratio accommodates less seasoned riders
  • long distance comfort
  • generous tire clearance


  • internal rim width is too narrow
  • comparatively slow to accelerate

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The testfield

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best all-road bike 2022 – 7 models on test

All bikes on review: BMC Roadmachine X ONE (Click for review) | Cervelo Caledonia-5 Ultegra Di2 (Click for review) | Parapera Atmos MASTERPIECE (Click for review) | ROSE REVEAL SIX DISC Red eTap AXS | Sarto Seta Disc (Click for review) | Specialized Aethos Expert (Click for review) | Trek Domane SLR 9 (Click for review)

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Words: Photos: Benjamin Topf