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  • Buying direct: Scala Ultegra

    Buying direct: Scala Ultegra

    11th December 2015

    Buying online can be daunting but there are some savvy purchases to be made. Words: Guy Kesteven Photos: Mick Kirkman.

  • Ride Review: Focus Izalco Chrono Max 2.0

    29th October 2015

    We put the Focus Izalco through its paces First Ride The biggest surprise was how friendly and easy to ride the Focus was. The slammed bar height needs a limber rider and the excellent Fizik saddle needs tipping nose down so not to anaesthetise your nethers. However if your…

  • Review: Orbea Ordu M20I LTD

    22nd October 2015

    The second of our mid range ride reviews. Words: Guy Kesteven, Photos: Mick Kirkman Ordu M20I LTD £5,899 A custom bike built to any taste, but will it satisfy our demanding testers? Designed and then built to customer order in the northern Spanish mountains, Orbea’s Ordu is a proven top-level…

  • Review: Cube Aerium Super SL

    21st October 2015

    There’s no shortage of top machines to lust over at Kona. We test four mid range rides that could easily go the distance. Words: Guy Kesteven, Photos: Mick Kirkman Cube Aerium Super SL £3,499 A machine for riders brave enough to hang on and get…

  • Ride review – Cervelo S5

    Ride review – Cervelo S5

    25th September 2015

    We test the Cervelo S5 1) First Ride Cervelo’s intention with the new S5 is to save watts. Carbon aero handlebars with integrated cabling, cleverly designed headtube and forks, HED Jet 6 Plus SCT wheels with a 60mm profile, plus a redesigned frame all contribute. Our first ride was one of…

  • Bike test: BMC TMR01 Ultegra Di2

    27th August 2015

    The aggressive ride is great for speed, but will it last the distance? BMC TMR01 Ultegra Di2 £4,000 BMC’S time Machine Road is a well proven champion on the pro road circuit. Does the literally cutting edge technology translate as well to real life riding?…

  • Bike Test: Fuji Sportif 2.5

    Bike Test: Fuji Sportif 2.5

    23rd June 2015

    Floaty and sensitive…Could this be the sub £500 ride we’ve all been waiting for? Fuji Sportif 2.5 £400 The 14 speed spec of the Fuji looks poor on paper but the outstanding ride quality of the frame and forks plus some really neat design…

  • Bike Test: 13 Intuition Alpha

    26th May 2015 2 Comments

    Can the new kid on the bargain carbon block offer real aero advantages?  13 Intuition Alpha £999.99 Halford’s own brand 13 bikes were launched last year and stand out for their extensive aero efficient design elements as well as low weight. But does the actual performance of…

  • Bike Test: Cannondale Slice Black Inc

    30th April 2015

    It looks sharp, but the Cannondale Slice Black Inc is designed to be as smooth and comfy as possible… Cannondale Slice Black Inc £7,499.99 Cannondale has always known how to put together a proper premium package and the Slice Black…