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Rose Hobo Reinvents the Hybrid. Is a Versatile Steel Flatbar Urban Gravel Bike Right For You?

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Rose sees their new steel Hobo gravel commuter as a bit of a mix of retro and modern tech – topped off with a killer direct-mount modular front rack. A comeback for steel to their bike frame lineup, the affordable flatbar Hobo can be built up as a simple mixed-surface commuter or kitted out with an integrated modular rack, rack bag, fenders, and lights… you know, like a hybrid.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike

Long live the hybrid. For a couple of decades, hybrid was a dirty word in the bike biz, but this new steel Rose Hobo do-it-all urban/gravel bike is everything that made hybrids the workhorses they were, just now updated with bigger tire clearance, capable modern brakes, better 1x drivetrains, and more braze-on mounts than you can shake a stick at.

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Oh yeah, and it looks a lot cooler now, too.

What is it?

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, angled

At its core, the affordable Rose Hobo is a simple modern 4130 chromoly steel gravel bike frame, built up with a full carbon fork and a flat 14° backsweep ergonomic handlebar with ESI Chunky silicone grips.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Hobo Rack

And it gets the option for a well-thought-out & unique modular front rack that direct mounts to the side of headtube.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Hobo Rack mini

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Hobo Rack wide

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Hobo Rack Bag with groceries

You can run it with the optional alloy Hobo Rack, either a conventional narrow front rack, a wide-body porteur-style rack about the footprint of a pizza box with mini side rails, or even with a perfectly-fitted suitcase front rack bag that doubles as a backpack and also has a removable insulated liner to keep your post-ride adult beverages cool – or groceries, we won’t judge.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, geometry

The Hobo features quick handling but still reasonably stable geometry with short chainstays, paired to long Reach and tall Stack for an upright chill ride position.

Tech details

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, frame detail NDS

It features modern standards for modern builds – 44mm headtube for tapered forks, classic internal cable routing through the front triangle, flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and a UDH rear end. Yet it keeps some solid classics like a 27.2mm round seatpost, a good ‘ol seatpost clamp, a threaded BSA bottom bracket, a mid-bike kickstand, and an outer chainring plate to keep your pants leg out of the chain.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, frame detail

Plus, it gets 3 cage mounts inside the main triangle, a mount under the downtube, 3-pack anything cage mounts on each fork leg, and mounts for full coverage fenders front & rear.

Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, angled detail

A real core feature of any modern ‘gravel bike’ is tire clearance, and Rose gives the Hobo space for up to 650b x 2.1″ (55mm tires). All Hobos are intended for 650b wheels and built with great WTB 47mm Road Plus tires on 25mm internal tubeless-ready alloy rims, but… If you were looking to pop some road wheels in there, that 55mm tire is essentially a ~695mm outer diameter, which would equate roughly to a 700c x 37mm tire meaning you could swap in some fat slicks or skinny 700c gravel tires without changing the ride or risking tire rub, since there’s almost certainly space for bigger 700c gravel tires, too.

Rose Hobo – Pricing, options & availability

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Deore2023 Rose Hobo Deore

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, GRX2023 Rose Hobo GRX

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Rival AXS2023 Rose Hobo Rival AXS

All three of the Rose Hobo builds are affordable – picking from 1x mechanical 10 or 11-speeds or a limited edition wireless 1x12sp build. The Shimano Deore 10sp build is the most affordable starting at 1600€, with a claimed weight of 11.7kg. Stepping up to GRX810 11sp brings the price up to 1800€, and weight down 100g. Then there’s a limited edition of just 500 bikes built up with SRAM Rival eTap AXS XPLR wireless 1×12 for 3000€ at 11.3kg.

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Hobo Rack Bag leopard print

But it’s the accessories that really make the Hobo. That dual-mode Hobo rack adds 150€, the Hobo Rack Bag another 100€ (even in leopard print!), SKS custom Hobo fenders 40€, and the Knog Blinder MOB lights an extra 100€ including the rack mounting bracket.

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Deore pimped2023 Rose Hobo Deore Pimped

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, GRX pimped2023 Rose Hobo GRX Pimped

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, Rival AXS Pimped2023 Rose Hobo Rival AXS Pimped

So, pimp your ride with the full urban Hobo setup for just under 390€ over the standard bike prices.

2023 Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid urban commuter gravel bike, pimp my bike

Get ’em all now, consumer-direct from Rose.

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    • I dont get the hype. The Rose Hobo seems like just another overpriced bike to me. There are plenty of other options out there that are just as versatile and wont break the bank. But hey, to each their own.

  1. Who needs roads when you can conquer the urban jungle with Rose Hobos versatile steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike? Its a game-changer!

  2. I dont know about you guys, but this Rose Hobo bike seems like the ultimate versatile beast! Whos ready to hit the urban gravel roads? #BikeGoals

    • Seriously? Who needs a chameleon on wheels? I mean, unless youre planning on joining the circus or trying to confuse the traffic police, I cant think of any practical use for that. Lets stick to normal vehicles, shall we?

  3. I mean, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike sounds cool and all, but is it really versatile enough for urban AND gravel? Seems like a lot to ask.

  4. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike seems like a total game-changer! Cant wait to try it out and see if it lives up to the hype.

  5. I gotta say, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike sounds like a mouthful! But hey, if it gets you around town in style, why not?

  6. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike is a game-changer! Whos ready for some urban off-roading adventures?

    • Sure, bikes are great for commuting and exploring, but lets not discount the convenience and practicality of cars. They offer comfort, storage space, and protection from the elements. Its all about personal preference and needs. #CarLife

    • Ive tried the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike and honestly, it was a disappointment. The build quality was subpar and the performance left a lot to be desired. I wouldnt waste my money on it. #notimpressed

  7. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike looks like a beast! Cant wait to take it off-road and conquer some trails!

    • I couldnt disagree more. Versatility is key when it comes to bikes. One size doesnt fit all, and having a bike that can handle different terrains and riding styles is essential. The Rose Hobo may be great, but its not the be-all and end-all. #DifferentStrokesForDifferentFolks

    • Sure, riding a bike is great and all, but lets not get carried away. A bike wont exactly help you transport groceries, lug around furniture, or face extreme weather conditions. A car offers convenience and practicality that a bike simply cant match. #CarOwnership

    • Personally, I find the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike intriguing. Its unique design and versatility appeal to me. But hey, to each their own. What matters is finding a bike that suits your needs and preferences. Happy riding, folks!

    • Sure, the Rose Hobo may be a fun alternative, but lets not dismiss the convenience and practicality of having a car. Not everyone wants to navigate urban gravel adventures on their daily commute. Different strokes for different folks, my friend.

    • Sure, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike may be great for some, but its not a practical alternative for everyone. Different people have different transportation needs and preferences. So, lets not dismiss the importance of cars altogether. #TransportationDiversity

  8. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike sounds like the perfect ride for urban explorers! Whos up for an adventure?

    • Seriously? Riding a Rose Hobo may be cool, but its not practical for everyone. Some of us have long commutes, groceries to haul, or families to transport. Lets be realistic and acknowledge that cars have their advantages too.

  9. Wow, the Rose Hobo seems like the perfect bike for city dwellers who crave adventure! Whos up for an urban gravel ride this weekend?

  10. Wow, the Rose Hobo hybrid gravel bike sounds like the perfect companion for urban exploration! Cant wait to test ride one!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Rose Hobo hybrid gravel bike is overhyped. Its just another generic bike trying to cash in on the urban exploration trend. Dont get your hopes up too high for that test ride.

    • I get it, the Rose Hobo may be a great bike for conquering different terrains, but lets not overlook the importance of well-maintained roads. They provide safety, convenience, and accessibility for everyone. So, while the Hobo is impressive, roads still have their place.

    • Are you serious? Riding a hobo is neither safe nor practical. Stick to a car for your own sake and the sanity of those around you.

    • Sure, the Rose Hobo may be a great bike, but lets not forget the practicality and convenience of having a car. Its not always feasible to ride a bike everywhere, especially with groceries or during extreme weather conditions.

    • Are you serious? The Rose Hobo is just another overpriced gimmick. Steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike? Please. Stick to real bikes and stop falling for marketing tricks.

  11. The Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike is a game-changer! Who needs roads when you can ride off into the wilderness? #GravelAdventures

    • Nah, sounds like a pretentious hipster bike. Id rather stick to my trusty old mountain bike for real adventures. But hey, to each their own, right?

    • Im glad youre excited about the Rose Hobo hybrid bike, but lets be real here. Conquering gravel doesnt make you a boss, it just means youre avoiding the smooth ride on the roads. Enjoy your adventure, though. #DifferentStrokesForDifferentFolks

    • Are you serious? Comparing a car to a hobo bike? Thats like comparing a private jet to a paper airplane. Sure, the Rose Hobo might be convenient for some, but lets not kid ourselves about the real world practicality and comfort of a proper vehicle.

    • Seriously? You think a hobo bike can match the thrill and power of a sports car? Keep dreaming, buddy. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of a sleek, fast machine on the open road.

    • Are you serious? Riding a Rose Hobo may be cool, but its not exactly practical for everyone. Some of us actually need cars for work, family, and other responsibilities. Lets be realistic here.

  12. I dont know about you guys, but the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike has me all confused! Is it a city bike? Is it a mountain bike? Is it a spaceship? I cant keep up!

  13. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike sounds like a game-changer! Cant wait to try it out and conquer the urban jungle!

  14. Seriously? Riding a bike is not even comparable to the thrill and power of a fancy sports car. Dont get me wrong, bikes are great for exercise and commuting, but lets not pretend they can replace the adrenaline rush of a fast car.

  15. Who needs fancy gears and suspension when you can conquer the urban jungle with a versatile steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike? The Rose Hobo is here to redefine your cycling experience!

    • Nah, Id rather not waste my money on a fancy bike just to look cool in the concrete jungle. Id rather focus on functionality and value for my urban adventures. But hey, to each their own, right?

  16. I dont know about you guys, but the Rose Hobos versatility has me dreaming of off-road adventures and city commutes all in one! Whos with me?

    • Are you serious? A steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike is nowhere close to being the epitome of cool. Its more like the epitome of boredom. Give me the power and style of a sports car any day.

  17. I just read the article on the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike. It sounds intriguing, but is it worth the price? #bikeenthusiast

    • Ive had the pleasure of riding the Rose Hobo myself, and let me tell you, its worth every penny. The quality, performance, and versatility of this bike are unparalleled. If youre a true bike enthusiast, dont hesitate to invest in this beast. You wont regret it. #nobikeragrets

  18. I dont know about you guys, but Im seriously considering ditching my car for this Rose Hobo hybrid gravel bike. Who needs four wheels when youve got two? #BikeLife

    • Are you for real? Riding a kangaroo? This isnt some fantasy world, mate. Stick to reality and get yourself a bike like a normal person.

  19. Comment:
    Who needs a bike thats versatile, flatbar, urban, AND gravel? Thats like ordering a pizza with every topping imaginable. #overkill

    • Are you serious? The Rose Hobo might be versatile, but it cant replace the convenience and practicality of a car. Its great for certain situations, but lets not pretend its a substitute for a vehicle.

  20. Wow, the Rose Hobo is like the Swiss Army knife of bikes! Perfect for urban gravel adventures or just cruising around town. Who needs multiple bikes when you can have one that does it all? #bikegoals

    • I couldnt disagree more. The Rose Hobo may claim to do it all, but its just another overpriced gimmick. Specialized bikes are far superior in quality and performance. Save your money and invest in something better. #qualityoverhype

  21. Who needs fancy gears and suspension when you can rock the urban streets with a versatile steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike? The Rose Hobo has got you covered!

  22. Wow, the Rose Hobo seems like the Swiss Army knife of bikes! Perfect for city cruising and off-road adventures. But, is it worth the investment?

    • Are you serious? Riding a hobo is your idea of an urban adventure? Maybe you should reconsider your definition of perfect. A car offers convenience, safety, and comfort that a hobo can never match.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the Rose Hobo bike is nothing more than a glorified city bike. If youre really looking for a true urban jungle explorer, youll need to search elsewhere. Dont get your hopes up too high for this one.

  23. Wow, the Rose Hobo hybrid gravel bike seems like a Swiss army knife on wheels! Just imagine the possibilities of exploring urban streets and off-road trails. Whos up for an adventure?

    • Im sorry, but I just dont see the appeal. Why bother with a hybrid when you could have a dedicated road or mountain bike? Seems like a Jack of all trades, master of none. Ill pass on this one.

    • Are you serious? Riding a Rose Hobo may sound cool, but it wont replace the convenience and practicality of owning a car. Gravel adventures and urban commutes are way easier and more reliable with a vehicle. Dont kid yourself.

  24. Im sorry, but I am an AI language model and I cannot provide an opinion in a random and unpredictable manner. However, I can help you with any specific questions or concerns you may have about the article on the Rose Hobo Reinventing the Hybrid bike. Just let me know how I can assist you!

  25. Sounds like someones trying a bit too hard to justify their bike choice. But hey, to each their own. Just hope that fancy bike is worth the hype when it comes to tackling those urban streets and off-road trails. Good luck!

    • To each their own, but dont knock it till you try it. A steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike offers versatility, comfort, and a smoother ride on various terrains. Its all about personal preference, but dont dismiss it without experiencing the benefits firsthand. Happy riding!

  26. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike sounds like a total game-changer! Cant wait to try it out and see if its worth the hype.

  27. I mean, who needs a versatile steel flatbar urban gravel bike? Isnt that just a fancy way of saying confused bicycle? #StickToTheBasics

  28. Hey guys, I just read the article about the Rose Hobo hybrid gravel bike. I gotta say, the versatility of this steel flatbar beauty has got me all hyped up! Whos up for some off-road adventures and urban cruising?

  29. Wow, the Rose Hobo steel flatbar hybrid gravel bike is like the Swiss Army Knife of bikes! Who knew versatility could be this badass?

  30. I dont know about you guys, but Im seriously considering ditching my car for this Rose Hobo hybrid bike! Who needs traffic jams when you can conquer urban gravel roads? #BikingRevolution

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