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The Wilde Rambler SL Is an Affordable New ‘All-Arounder’ Steel Gravel Bike

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It’s Spring in Minnesota (I think) and Wilde Bicycle Co. is celebrating by announcing the new Wilde Rambler SL (Super Light), a drop bar “all-arounder” that comes as a frameset or as a complete bike, whichever suits your fancy. Both the framesets and the complete bikes are ready for purchase and are shipping immediately.

Rumor has it, that there will be a steel fork version (non-SL) of the Rambler SL coming soon… like maybe near the end of May. Shhh!

So, what’s the difference between the Rambler SL and the Earth Ship? Well, the Earth Ship is Wilde’s top-o’-the-line USA-made gravel bike. The Rambler SL has a slightly different geometry and is made in Taiwan in batches of 150 bikes. Wilde is partnered with Taiwan’s legendary Maxway factory, to help bring the Rambler SL to you at a more affordable price.

Photo c. Wilde Bicycle Co.

The Rambler SL uses Wilde’s TLC steel tube set in its construction, with the frame sporting three-pack mounts on the top and bottom of the down tube, adding to its versatile “drop bar all-arounder” status.

The Rambler SL is more than capable on any gravel ride you throw at it… a dirt century, a paved road ride with your pals, that B-road on the way to and home from work (yes it has fender mounts), or even light touring.

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL head badge

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL front side shot

When riding the Rambler SL, you have disc brakes, thru-axles, and tire clearance of 700c x 2.1″ or 650b x 2.3″, all of which will open up a lot of possibilities to explore. Plus it comes with all of the mounts you could want.

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL dusty riding

Wilde says it’s got geometry that makes the bike “quick and fun while still being comfortable for long days in the saddle.” The Rambler SL will be available in four different sizes and is paired with Wilde’s straight steerer Wayfinder carbon fork.

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL TLC tubing

Wilde uses their own proprietary, double-butted chromoly tube set they call “TLC” (Tough, Light, Compliant) for frame construction. They use the optimum choices for tube diameter, wall thickness, and butting profiles between the different frame sizes. This ensures that the frame is both built to last and as light and practical as it could be for the rider while offering a similar ride quality across sizes.

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL riding

Rambler SL Features

Frame Finish:

  • Phosphate dipped and E.D. Coated for corrosion resistance and durability.
  • Wet paint finish.
  • Color – Copper Metallic

Frame Features

  • Three-pack mounts on top and bottom of the down tube, bottle bosses on the seat tube
  • Top tube feedbag mount
  • Fender mounts
  • Rack Mounts
  • Compatible with 2x and 1x drivetrains

Frame Spec

  • Clearance for up to 700c X 50mm or 650b X 2.2″ tires
  • Traditional straight 1 1/8″ headtube
  • 68mm bottom bracket shell
  • Flat mount brake
  • 142mm rear spacing
  • Seatpost: 27.2mm
  • Seat Collar: 30.0
  • Cable Guides: Modular guides under the downtube, and full loop braze-ons on the stays (No Zip Ties)
  • 12mm Thru Axle – 1.5 x 172mm

Fork

  • Three pack mounts
  • Internal brake routing
  • Internal dynamo routing (kudos Wilde)
  • Fender mounts
  • Fully threaded center mount
  • Tire clearance 700c X 2.1″ or 650b X 2.3″

Fork Spec

  • Flat Mount
  • 100mm spacing
  • 12mm Thru Axle – 1.5 x 130mm

Rambler SL Geometry

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL Geo Chart

Wilde Bikes Rambler SL close up front sidePhoto c. Wilde Bicycle Co.

Builds Options and Retail

Wilde are offering two stock builds for the Rambler SL, SRAM Rival AXS and one with a mix of Shimano GRX.

Frameset

Retail: $1500

SRAM Rival AXS 1×12 Option

Retail: $3950

  • SRAM Rival AXS shifters with hydraulic brakes
  • SRAM Rival AXS XPLR rear derailleur
  • SRAM Rival 1x Dub Wide 170mm crankset
  • SRAM XG-1251 cassette, 12 speed, 10-44
  • Wolf Tooth Performance headset
  • Thomson 90mm stem
  • Thomson Elite setback seatpost
  • Salsa Cowbell handlebar
  • Stan’s Crest S2 wheelset
  • Teravail Rutland 700cx42 tires
  • WTB Volt saddle
  • AXS charger
  • SRAM Centerline 160 mm rotors

Shimano GRX 2×11 Option

Retail: $3100

  • Shimano GRX600 shifters with hydraulic brakes
  • Shimano GRX810 derailleurs
  • Shimano GRX600 crankset, 46-30, 170mm
  • Shimano cassette, CS-HG700, 11-34
  • FSA Orbit X headset
  • Zipp Service Course cockpit
  • WTB Volt saddle
  • FSA AGX i25 wheels
  • Teravail Rutland 700cx42 tires

Wilde wants you to know that if you didn’t like the options above, that they can also help you build your dream machine according to your taste and budget.They work with all the major component suppliers, as well as with many small niche makers. Contact them to get started. 

Bikes are in stock and shipping now.

WildeBikes.com

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