This year's novelty impresses at first glance with a truly futuristic design. Carbon allows designers to do a lot and it really shows in MYLC. The ideal is, of course, when design and functionality merge. Rondo states on the model that it is an "Enhanced Gravel Geometry" EGG by which they mean several features in particular. The fork angle is only 68° with the pad, the reach (frame length in front of the pedal axis) is a few centimetres longer, and the Front-Center distance is longer, all while maintaining the same rider position as previous Ruut gravel bikes. In a nutshell, it's a damn long frame with a short stem and a very undercut fork. Similar wheel-features are mostly talked about in the context of mountain trail bikes, here we have them boldly integrated into the Gravel. To this description of the geometry I would add the very interesting rear structure, which is only 425mm and the wheel is nicely tucked under the saddle. Of course, the Rondo comes with a swappable flipchip in the fork for any further geometry adjustments. Everything mentioned here should add to the bike's handling, but also stability in more challenging conditions. Shoe overlap (digging into the front tire) is also solved, which is not really a threat here.
Rondo MYLC CF1MYLC CF1 equiped with AXS Rival
The fitment is modern, the new Rival AXS works reliably and precisely as we are used to with AXS. The brakes surprised me quite pleasantly and seem to brake better than the ones included in the previous mechanical series. The XPLR has a slightly smaller range than the Eagle, but even with 44 teeth you can graduate :). After several years of experience with mounting and riding, I dare say that SRAM AXS is currently the most advanced shifting system for gravel. In simplicity, functionality and compatibility.Rival AXS XPLRAs is already the rule with the higher CF1 series, Rondo takes wheels from a friendly brand Hunt, which are modern in their parameters and definitely fall into the upper middle class among the braided wheels. They also impress with their sleek looks, 25mm inner rim width and rather noisy cricket. Fitted are Vittoria Terreno Mix 40 tyres with a fairly sharp pattern, which fits the character of the bike pretty accurately.Rondo Hunt rimsWe turn the front wheel with wide Spank Flare handlebars over a massive custom stem made by Rondo. The cockpit looks very massive, compact and clean. All the wiring runs through the inside here and comes up under the stem and under the handlebars. Beauty for the admirer, evil for the builder. Enough has probably been written about the internal wiring, so there's no need to go into detail about the pros and cons. The handlebar radiuses are quite large, so you have to rely mainly on the levers for the top grip on the brakes, the tops are slightly flattened and the bottom grip is nice. The wrap is basic, fairly soft and comfortable in the hand.Rondo MYLC kokpitThe seatpost is a carbon gravel of classic 27.2mm and holds the San Marco Short Fit seatstays. The saddle is visually quite angular, but after a few rides I didn't feel the need to take it off, which is a good sign. What's also interesting is the compact and clean locking of the seatpost in the frame, which has worked very well so far, the seatpost stays nailed down without sliding and the lock doesn't squeak.

Riding the MYLC
This one is a wildcard at the handover. The first thing that happens when you take the MYLC in your hands is that the handlebars turn sideways. We haven't had a 68° fork angle here at yet. This initial wildness quickly calms down once the bike gets going and overall it turns into a very stable machine on the road. The bike holds the trail nicely thanks to the longer wheelbase, which is nice on longer straighter sections. No problem letting go of the handlebars and maybe digging around in your pockets. The short stem also makes the MYLC very maneuverable in the twistier passages. The short rear end is also a nice feature on the off-road. This is also evident in faster descents down the road, where the rider feels more confident when knocking the bike into corners.Rondo Mylc CF1The overall stiffness of the carbon frame also contributes to the perfect riding characteristics. The power from the pedals is not lost anywhere and the bike handles really well. The cockpit is also stiff, which is very nice on smooth roads or when riding standing up, but when you hit some of the rougher rocky roads you get some pretty harsh feedback. I see this as about the only downside to the Mylco, and other bikes where the manufacturer tries to run the wiring through the stem. The integrated solution is neat, but really too stiff and difficult to adjust in many cases on gravel. However, if you don't like this, the original headset and stem can be replaced and a sprung stem with wiring underneath can be used. I would describe the rear fork as about medium to stiff in its ability to damp. Those who know me know that I prefer a stiffer frame with any additional suspension on a carbon, so the Mylc definitely falls into that category.Rondo MYLC head tubeConclusion
I didn't put a lot of miles on the bike, but overall I was quite impressed with the bike. It's definitely not just a bike for bikers coming from, say, the MTB world, but I think it's a true gravel all-rounder for everyone. The modern "Enhanced Gravel Geometry" is really well thought out and integrates several well-known and lesser-tested features and technologies into the gravel world, combining a road sit with trail-tested elements. For those interested, I really recommend to try the bike at the numerous demos that Rondo organizes or at least try the bike in one of the shops and then buy it from us :).

Translated by Deepl translator.