What does this mean for folks like you and me? It implies a bicycle designed to ride around town, to a café, to work, and come the weekend; you can load it up with gear and cargo bags and ride into the sunset, only to return home two days later, unable to walk right. Nonetheless, some limits do exist, but we'll discover those along the way.
For starters, Wilde crafted the Rambler from one of their two favorite materials. This time, it isn’t titanium but double-butted CrMo shaped with Wilde's proprietary TLC (Tough, Light, Compliant) technique. The result is a frame that only weighs 5 lbs (2.3 kg) for a medium size. Once you factor in the carbon fiber front fork that only weighs 470 g, you’re looking at a frameset designed to tame the roughest roads and trails for under 6 lbs and a price of $1,500 (€1,400 at current exchange rates), of which, nearly $500 is just the fork.
Then there's the geometry Wilde puts into place. For the Rambler, we're looking at "Gravel race geometry with all-day comfort as the priority." This means a head tube angle ranging from 70.5 to 72 degrees, depending on the size of the bike, 438 mm chain stays, and a seat tube angle of 73.5 degrees on all except for the small frame.
Now, you can buy the frameset I described above, but in truth, very few of us have a shop in our living room with our favorite drivetrains, brakes, and tools. So, Wilde does offer two complete builds. Suppose you call upon their powers for a completed Rambler SL. In that case, you're looking at one of two stock options, either an SRAM Rival AXS or Shimano GRX. Wirelessly controlled shifting, anyone? If you do want something else on your Rambler, Wilde also allows you to customize your dream machine. You just have to give them a call to do so.
All that sounds pretty dang good if you ask me, even just the frame at $1,500, but there's more here than meets the eye. Anyone that's spent more time in the saddle than an hour or two knows how important it is to have all the necessary refreshments on hand to keep going. God forbid you run out of water, pull over for ten minutes, and then your muscles just say, "No!"
While I couldn't find any images of what a fully decked-out Rambler may look like, just picture a cargo bag on the handlebars, two more bags on each side of the fork, a triangle pouch hanging off the top tube, and two water bottles underneath. And that's not with any pannier racks. If you throw those in, too, you're looking at a do-it-all machine that may weigh as much as you. Don't worry; this bugger is rated up to 240 lbs (109 kg), the fork's weight limit.
Take all that and try and picture what your life may be like. If you're looking for some movement in your life, this might be the answer for you. If you're a veteran rider, this may also be the answer for you. No matter how you look at it, if you're not a downhill racing champion in need of a full-suspension demon, the Rambler is a bike you need to consider for yourself, even if that entails riding around in an urban jungle, grabbing some groceries, and mixing the OJ with an off-road trail on your way home.