"Which way to the gravel highway?" is what the Camino Pro literally calls out to you," said the test editors of the Gravel-Spezial special issue. They found that the bike feels most comfortable on uneven terrain. But unpaved roads are not the only domain of the fast carbon frame bike, because "with its 40-millimetre tyres, the Camino Pro also rolls very quickly on asphalt", which underlines the bike's multifunctional usability. The bike benefits above all from its low overall weight of well under nine kilograms. The heart of the Camino is the lightweight carbon frame and the voluminous full carbon fork. "The most can still be achieved with wheels and tyres, as the 8.7 kilo Stevens Camino Pro shows. The Hamburg-designed all-round bikes makes the most of its weight advantage with the lightweight DT Swiss aluminium wheelset," said the editors of the Gravel-Spezial issue.
The sporty seating position of the Camino Pro also found favour. "Because [...] the seating position is relatively stretched due to the long top tube and stem, the Stevens removes the boundaries of an all-terrain bike". In other words: whether it's a quick ride around the block through moderate terrain, over rough cobblestones or on smooth asphalt: the Camino Pro is at home in many disciplines. If you want even more comfort, you can mount tyres up to 45 millimetres wide for increased suspension comfort. It is also always advisable to test ride the bike of your choice and have it fitted by a specialist dealer when it is handed – first to determine the ideal frame size and the latter to adjust it to your personal preferences and body dimensions.
Experience has shown that gravel bikes are particularly popular with commuters. "Fork and frame with numerous fastening eyelets" allow the uncomplicated mounting of practical panniers from the accessories, which allows commuters, for example, to easily mount bags for a change of clothes and work materials on the bike.
Ambitious bike packers will also be pleased with the many attachment points for bags, bottle cages or fork-based racks, as the bike, equipped with a single-speed Shimano GRX 812 drivetrain, can be quickly and easily equipped for small and large tours.
So much equipment and variability was worth a good rating of 2.0 for the Camino Pro to the Gravel-Spezial editorial team – a result with which the Camino Pro does not have to hide behind the considerably more expensive bikes in the test. And if it doesn't always have to be top-of-the-line, then "in addition to the Pro version [...] a 500 euro cheaper basic model is also available", the magazine concludes.