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11 марта, 09:00

Kross Level 1.0 MTB preview: ‘This could be the best-value mountain bike out there’ | Martin Love

The Kross brand is well known in its native Poland, but now its bikes are making a name for themselves in BritainKross MTB Level 1.0Price £550 kross-cycles.co.ukFrame AluminiumBrakes Disc Gears Shimano Altus 24 Forks Suntour XCT Weight 14.5kgAt last week’s London Bike Show there was plenty of cycle candy to catch your eye. But wandering from stall to stall it soon became clear that buying a posh new bike is a very easy way to pull the trigger on your overdraft facility – the prices were frankly ludicrous. Continue reading...

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18 февраля, 09:00

Temple Cycles Adventure review: ‘Perfect for hill passes, pints and pasties’ | Martin Love

Whatever two-wheel adventures you are planning, this classy take on the all-round gravel bike will make the ideal companionTemple Cycles Adventure DiscPrice £1,595, templecycles.co.ukFrame Reynolds steelGears Shimano 105Saddle BrooksBrakes TRP SpyreIf you’ve cycled in the West Country, you’ll know it’s all about hills, hills, more hills and then, always, a flagstoned pub with a pint waiting for you at the end of a long day’s ride. It’s pain followed by pleasure. Chuck in a cheese and onion pasty and you’ve got the full “proper job”. Continue reading...

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11 февраля, 09:00

Voodoo Hoodoo 650b Mountain bike preview: ‘Performs like a much posher bike’ | Martin Love

An affordable hardtail allround MTB which is ready for whatever the trail may throw at youVoodoo Hoodoo mountain bikePrice £495, HalfordsFrame 7005 aluminiumForks Suntour XCR32-AIR LOGears Shimano DeoreBrakes Shimano M395 hydraulic discWheels Maxxis ArdentThis is the time of mud. Great, globby, sticky swathes of it. There’s nothing quite so liberating as plunging down a twisting trail on a mountain bike and feeling it splatter across your face and up your back. It’s good, clean, dirty fun. Continue reading...

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22 октября 2017, 08:00

Pinnacle Lithium bike preview: ‘At night the frame dazzles and sparkles’ | Martin Love

The bestselling hybrid from Evans Cycles has been given a posh new coat to mark its 10th birthdayNext Sunday the clocks go back – and cyclists will once again start to feel a whole lot more vulnerable on the road. This bike, however, will do its best to make sure you are well and truly seen. The paint is a silvery white in daylight, but at night it dazzles and sparkles thanks to its 3M reflective top coat. The special frame is part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of Pinnacle – the respected inhouse brand of Evans Cycles. They’ve taken their bestselling hybrid, the Lithium, and created this limited edition, giving it a unique paint job as well as a host of nice extras. There’s an upgraded saddle; a built-in dynamo to give you permanent front light power (though it’s a bit stingy not to throw in a rear light, too); a sturdy rack placed up front so you can keep an eye on your bag; decent grips; and disc brakes for all-weather stopping. It’s time to go nocturnal… (evanscycles.com)Price: £950Frame: 6061 alloyGears: Shimano Alvio 9-speedWeight: 13.9kg Continue reading...

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17 сентября 2017, 08:00

Renovo x Glenmorangie Original bike preview | Martin Love

A stunning wooden-framed bike made from old whisky casksPrice: £5,300Frame: whisky caskWeight: 8.1kgGears: Shimano UltegraGlenmorangie owes much of its famously smooth drinking style to the years it spends maturing in casks of American oak. Now an Oregon bike company, Renovo, has found a way of harnessing some of the whisky’s complex character by turning its old casks into beautifully polished bicycles. Renovo has been building wooden bikes for the past decade because, as its founder Ken Wheeler says: ‘Wood’s superior abilities creates a much smoother ride.’ So this one really is going to slip down a treat. The staves used in each unique frame reflect the curvature of the casks, and craftsmen take more than 20 hours to perfect each one. The bike is then built to your exact specification. It’s not the first time Glenmorangie has found an unusual use for its old oak – last year it launched a range of wood-framed sunglasses. At £5,300 it’s not cheap, so maybe just go for a bottle of Glenmorangie instead. It’s a relative bargain at £36. Here’s tae us! (renovobikes.com) Continue reading...

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16 июля 2017, 08:00

Whyte Wessex: bike preview | Martin Love

Could this be the best all-round, multi-tasking British road bike?We are halfway through the greatest bike race on earth, and if Le Tour’s endless dramatic clips and highlight shows have inspired you to saddle up and head for your nearest col, then you might fancy upgrading your ride. One to consider is the new Wessex from Whyte. The British brand started out just under 20 years ago with a single mountain bike. Since then its range has expanded and the list of plaudits and awards keeps on growing. The Wessex is that rare beast, a bike that is dependable, reliable and rideable enough to be a daily commuter as well as being fast, flexible and responsive enough to be a weekend warrior. Puncture resistant tubeless tyres, disc brakes and space for mud guards mean the Wessex is the ideal, all-round British bike. Sort your Lycra and you’re ready to go! (whyte.bike/wessex)Price: £2,250Frame: alloyFork: carbonGearset: Shimano UltegraBrakes: hydraulic discsWeight: 8.8kg Continue reading...

12 июля 2017, 15:09

Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel powers to fifth win on stage 11 – live!

Le Tour rolls along on another flat day, heading to PauPhilippa York can haul cycling into the 21st centuryAnd feel free to email Paul or tweet him @Paul_Doyle 4.43pm BST 1 Kittel2. Groenewegen 4.38pm BST After leading for more than 204kms, poor Bodnar is engulfed by the chasers with 200 metres to go! (Congratulations if you calculated that correctly). The stage is up for grabs now ... Matthews is in the mix, so is Boasson Hagen .. but the winner is .... Kittel again! Continue reading...

09 июля 2017, 08:00

Diamondback Ranger eMTB bike preview | Martin Love

Power up hills and race back down with Diamondback’s new electric RangerThe usual response to a mountain bike fitted with an electric engine is: ‘What’s the point of that?’ But once you get over the puritan notion that the joy of cycling downhill should only come after you’ve suffered on the uphill, you’ll be clamouring for a go. The Ranger is the latest full-suspension eMTB from the American brand Diamondback, which first started out in BMX. It’s one of the first bikes to use Shimano’s specific E8000 drive system. This is more compact than most which allows handling to be tighter in the twists and turns. It feels like a bike you can ‘throw around’ rather than merely powering down trails. The battery pack is integrated into the frame and gives a range of 80km. Suspension, front and back, is light and silky. Boost spacing brings trademark stiffness and ride improvements to the 27in wheels and the plus-size WTB Ranger tyres give monster-truck grip. The brakes are Shimano M-315 hydraulic disc brakes with plenty of power to give you the confidence to push the bike and yourself to the limit. Don’t feel guilty, just enjoy it (diamondback.co.uk).Price: £3,650Frame: alloy 6061Motor: Shimano XT E8000Suspension: RockshoxGears: Shimano SLX 11 speedsBrakes: hydraulic disc Continue reading...

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28 июня 2017, 09:58

Skoda предложила пересесть на ретро-велосипеды

В модельном ряду у чешской автомобильной компании Skoda появились несколько ретро-велосипедов. Рама модели Voiturette и City окрашены в черный, седло и ручки выполнены в коричневом цвете, а шины — в бежевом. Тормоза Shimano и 7-скоростная трансмиссия, по словам представителей марки, обеспечивают безопасность.

18 июня 2017, 08:00

Bike preview: Ribble R872 | Martin Love

Ribble’s bestselling road bike has been beefed up for the summerBased in Preston, Ribble has been in business since 1897. What makes the firm so special is its BikeBuilder feature. This means you can select from a stock of more than 20,000 products to create your dream cycle. Ribble then builds it and sends it to you. But most of us are paralysed by too much choice – which is where the R872 comes in. It’s Ribble’s most popular road bike. For this summer it’s been made stiffer with updated tube profiles and advanced carbon layups. It has been technically engineered to optimise power transfer, meaning less energy is lost through frame flex, and the shorter wheel base keeps handling precise and agile. It features Ultegra gearing and responsive Mavic Kysium wheels. The only decision you have to make is the colour: black or silver? (ribblecycles.co.uk)Price: £1,249Frame: carbonGears: Shimano UltegraWheels: Mavic Kysium Continue reading...

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11 июня 2017, 08:00

Canyon Endurace WMN AL 7.0: bike review | Martin Love

A women’s bike that offers excellent comfort and enduranceTomorrow, the bicycle celebrates quite a big birthday. It’s exactly 200 years since Karl Drais set out on his so-called ‘running machine’ in Mannheim, Germany. His invention formed the basis of the bike as we now know it. Clearly much has changed, but it’s hard to think of another machine that has stayed so true to its roots. One of Germany’s most successful modern frame builders is Canyon. Its bikes always score highly in reviews thanks to their compelling mix of performance, value and good looks – and this latest model will, too. The WMN range is designed and engineered for female riders. From geometry to handling, it’s built to be comfortable, quick and agile. Disc brakes add security when stopping and the aluminium frame is robust. Frau Drais would have been most impressed (canyon.com).Price: £1,499Frame: aluminiumBrakes: discGears: Shimano Ultegra Continue reading...

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28 мая 2017, 08:00

Wilier Cento 10 Air: bike preview | Martin Love

An exquisite road racer built to celebrate the Giro’s centennialBike race fans will know that today the winner of the 100th Giro d’Italia will pull on the famous maglia rosa. And to celebrate, what better bike to focus on than a frame from Wilier? The Italian family firm has been making classic road racing frames for 110 years. And it was riding a Wilier in 1997 that Marco Pantani made the fastest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez. He’d probably have done it even quicker if he’d been on the firm’s new Cento10 Air. It’s a pro-level aero bike with a stunning, wind-carved frame that weighs in at just under 8kg. But what will catch your eye are the handlebars. Called the ‘Alabarda’ – Italian for a halberd – it’s a one-piece stem which radically streamlines the front end, with all cabling being routed internally. The ride is, as Mrs May might say, strong and stable. On the perfectly balanced wind machine the Dolomites have never looked so easy… (wilier.com)Price: £4,599Frame: carbonWeight: 7.8kgGears: Shimano UltegraWheels: Mavic Continue reading...

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30 апреля 2017, 07:59

Ridgeback Ramble: bike preview | Martin Love

A sturdy and efficient tourer from one of Britain’s great workhorse brandsRidgeback is a great British brand that we should be a lot more proud of. It began life in 1983 when Errol Drew returned from the New York bike show inspired to create the UK’s first mountain bike. Since then the firm has developed a name for building virtually bombproof off-roaders and commuters. More recently it has turned its attention to designing long-range, steel-framed tourers that are equally difficult to break. Don’t be fooled by the old-school paint job and quaint name; this is no clunker. It has the same DNA as the awesome Genesis Croix de Fer, which set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle in 2010. You don’t have to go that far, but the wide tyres, disc brakes, stable geometry and easy riding efficiency of the Ridgeback Ramble will soon win you over (ridgeback.co.uk)Price: £999Frame: CroMo with carbon forksGears: Shimano Sora 2 x 9 speedBrakes: Spyre disc Continue reading...

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09 апреля 2017, 08:00

Felt IA14 time trial and triathlon bike: preview | Martin Love

If you are looking for an aerodynamic advantage, Felt’s pacy race bike is the answerSpeed and distance have a tricky relationship. Increase one and you lower the other. But highly advanced time trial and triathlon racing bikes are doing everything in their power to mediate these troublesome variables. And this new out and out speedster from Felt manages to be faster for longer distances than most other rides. Designed in Irvine, California, but built and fully tested in Portsmouth by Wiggle, the IA14 features a responsive UCH carbon frame, slick 22-speed Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and advanced Vision components. The eye-catching aero bars and oversized seat post not only look the business but help create an aggressive riding position which will knock the grin off your competitor’s face as well as seconds off your time as you cheat the wind all day (wiggle.co.uk).Price: £2,294Frame: carbonWeight: 9.6kgGears: Shimano Ultegra Continue reading...

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02 апреля 2017, 08:00

Specialized Roubaix Elite: bike preview | Martin Love

A road bike that takes levels of performance and comfort to a new heightsSpecialized is the world’s biggest bike brand. So when it comes up with something fresh everyone takes notice. The all-new Roubaix now has front suspension – almost unheard of on a serious road bike. It’s called Future Shock and, essentially, it’s a small piston built into the head tube which gives your handlebars up to 20mm of bounce. Already a reliably smooth endurance ride, this extra spring makes the Roubaix positively silky. Aching wrists and sore elbows are now a thing of the past. Developed with McLaren (of F1 fame), the new bike boasts a host of improvements which boost comfort and speed without making the frame unridably stiff. On top of that it has no-slither disc brakes and the go-to Shimano 105 gear set. And all for £2,100. This bike will be a game changer (evanscycles.com).Price: £2,100Frame: FACT 10r carbon with enduranceWeight: 8.75kgGears: Shimano 105 x 22 speedBrakes: Tektro Spyre mechanical disc Continue reading...

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12 марта 2017, 09:00

Liv Avail 1 women’s road bike: preview | Martin Love

Designed by women specifically for women, Liv is what every female cyclist has been waiting forBonnie Tu, CEO of Giant, is often described as the ‘Godmother of Cycling’. A few years ago she entered the Tour of Taiwan, but couldn’t find any female-specific kit that she liked so – as you do – she set up her own company. Liv is now a global phenomenon, building bikes for women that are designed by women. ‘Our engineers, our product designers, our gear designers, our retail specialists are all female,’ says Bonnie. Liv now offers a whole spectrum of clothing and frames: from road to MTB and from £675 to £2,999. All are intended to get more women on to two wheels (or Tu’s wheels). The 2017 entry-level road frame is the Avail. Lightweight and versatile, its geometry ensures women will be comfortable on long days in the saddle. And not one of them is pink! (liv-cycling.com)Liv Avail 1Price: £675Frame: ALUXX-Grade AluminiumFork: Advanced-Grade Composite, Alloy OverDrive SteererDrivetrain: Shimano Sora 18 speedBrakes: Tektro R312 dual pivotWheels: Giant SR 2 Wheel Set Continue reading...

04 марта 2017, 14:00

Vitus Mach 3 bicycle review – ‘Maybe the thieves just couldn’t resist it’

I had been enjoying the Vitus Mach 3 very much before it was stolenI am not a violent person. I’ve never punched anyone in the face, or kicked them in the knackers. Even in my netballing days on the pitiless Lancastrian high school circuit I was not one for scratching a rival when the referee wasn’t looking. Yet I wish nothing but pain and prolonged misery for the subhuman scum who stole this lovely bicycle from outside Fred Aldous in Manchester’s Northern Quarter while I went to the dentist.Perhaps it was a compliment to this neatly utilitarian machine from the cult French brand, whose pioneering aluminium frames changed the game in the Tour de France in the late 70s. Maybe the thief just couldn’t resist a go on Shimano’s new Metrea groupset, which has a single chainring on the front and just one shifter on the handlebars to change between the 11 gears. Probably, though, they were just a thoughtless goon with a pair of bolt cutters and a mate in a van around the corner. May they suffer eternal punctures and an unending headwind. Continue reading...

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15 января 2017, 09:00

Kalkhoff Durban 7: bike preview | Martin Love

A well-built and affordable city bike equipped with everything a rider needs to cope with the urban commuteTo be safe and comfortable on a bike at this time of year, you need only two things: lights and mudguards. Yet, incredibly, almost no bikes are sold with these two essentials. They’re dismissed as ‘extras’. Eh? Do manufacturers think we all live in Honolulu? As usual, our European cousins do things rather differently. The German company Kalkhoff has been making bikes since 1919. This latest model is a svelte city rider with an easy-to-live-with step-thru frame. It also comes preloaded with kit: mudguards; a pannier rack; a heavy-duty kickstand so you can park the bike when there’s nowhere convenient to lean it; and super-bright dynamo lights so you are never caught out in the dark. The lights in particular are excellent. The LEDs are bolted to the frame and are powered by the front dynohub, so no batteries are required and they are unpinchable. There, that wasn’t so hard, was it? (edinburghbicycle.com)Price: £499Frame: aluminiumGears: Shimano Nexus 7 hub Continue reading...

20 ноября 2016, 09:00

Storck Visioner C: bike preview | Martin Love

Known for its technical excellence and sky-high prices, the Storck was never going to be an everyday ride. But then along came this entry-level modelOn stage at last week’s Rouleur event in London, Ned Boulting finally got his wish: to interview the great German champion Jan Ullrich, who won the Tour in emphatic style in 1997. Joining them both was Markus Storck, the brains behind the eponymous, lusted-after brand. Jan now rides regularly at pro-am events with Markus, the two competing on super lightweight, technically advanced Storck bikes. ‘I like the red wine too much now,’ complains Jan. ‘But he still hits 100kph no trouble,’ laughs Markus. Storck bikes have long been out of reach of mortals. But Markus has now introduced the Visioner, which enters the realms of affordabilty. The frame still features the distinctive bulged headset and massive bottom bracket, and handles brilliantly. Just don’t ride it fast downhill after a glass of red… (storck-bicycle.cc/)Price: £1,349Frame: carbonWeight: 7.8kgGears: Shimano 105 Continue reading...

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13 ноября 2016, 09:00

Raleigh Chopper: bike review | Martin Love

The 70s classic is back. Climb aboard and relive your youth - or buy one for your child to show them what a cool set of wheels really looks likeThere are very few bikes that make you sigh. And, with its perfect combination of wistful nostalgia and retro hotness, the Chopper is one. Back in the 70s, Raleigh made more than 1m of them – unleashing a tsunami of easy riders across suburbia. Now it’s back and the Nottingham-based firm has created this limited-edition version. It’s in ‘scooter cream’ with the RAF roundel on the backrest matched by red, white and blue cables. The frame is now aluminium instead of steel so it isn’t as gruesomely heavy. In the name of health and safety the banana saddle has gone as ‘backies’ are deemed dangerous, and the central gear stick has been replaced by a Revoshift. But the unique ‘ape hanger’ bars are still there thank goodness. Bandanas on… (raleigh.co.uk)Price: £295Gears: Shimano 6-speed RevoshiftHandlebars: Chopper ‘Ape’ hangersBrakes: aluminium V-brakesTyres: 16in front, 20in rear Continue reading...