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At £879 we felt we couldn't afford not to have a Sonder Frontier NX1 Rigid Hobo 29er, so we review the facts to see if that really is the case.

sonder frontier
Best for...
Having an adventure bike ready to go for not a lot of cash.
Overall Score
A great price for a fun and functional ridid bike
QR Boost standard might make wheel replacement trickier

If you could pack any more fun and adventure possibilities into a spend short of £900 we want to know about it. This cracking value and rock solid machine from Sonder is just crying out to be loaded up and taken to the horizon, and at that kind of money it could fit neatly into your stable for those odd multi-day trips.

The cost is kept in check with that full aluminium frame and rigid fork, but they don't come as basic as the price might suggest. Internal cable routing is standard, as are multiple bosses for racks both on the frame and the fork - you could happily load this bike up with a multitude of carriers. QR Boost hubs are also specced front and back, allowing for stronger 29er wheel builds and also the option of chopping and changing to plus sized 650B wheels. Be aware if ordering replacement wheels however, as this QR Boost standard isn't quite as easy to source as others..

With the rigid frame and fork you will likely want to spec as wide a tyre as possible for shock absorption, and the Frontier can take up to 2.4" in 29er format, but a massive 3" if you opt for a 650B build.

The SRAM NX1 drivetrain is basic but still perfectly functional in use, and we do like the simplicity of the 1x11 setup. It all adds up to a cracking bike you can't afford not to have in the garage.

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