Sonder Camino AL gravel bike review – a budget-friendly bikepacking rig

A capable and confidence-inspiring gravel bike that won’t break the bank

A blue Sonder Camino gravel bike on some singletrack
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Sonder Camino AL is a good quality gravel bike that’s affordable and capable of everything from short whips on local trails to bikepacking in the wilderness

Pros

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    Budget-friendly price tag

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    Decent quality build

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    Rugged and capable

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    Lots of mounting points for accessories

Cons

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    Aluminium frame can feel a bit harsh on the rougher stuff

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    Could do with an XS frame option

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Sonder Bikes is part of Alpkit, the B-Corp accredited outdoor store that produces good quality products for affordable prices. Its flagship gravel bike, the Camino, has been around for a while now, and we’ve spent a few months testing the Camino AL Apex 1 build in a variety of conditions, from fast and fun laps of the local woods, to fully laden bikepacking and all-day off-grid epics.

While there’s plenty of competition out there vying for a spot on our list of the best gravel bikes, finding one of the best gravel bikes under £1,000 can be quite a challenge, but we reckon the Sonder Camino AL makes a serious case for itself. Read on to find out why.

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
Design and aesthetics Simple and classic looks8/10
Components A decent build for the price8/10
Performance, handling and geometryReally capable and confidence-inspiring, though arm fatigue sets in after a while7/10
WeightWeighing 11.3kg it's relatively heavy, and there are lighter gravel bikes out there at this price point7/10
Value for moneyGreat value for money8/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 76%

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