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Cannondale CAAD 9 Tiagra Compact

Cannondale, founded in the early 70s, is a well-established brand who pioneered aluminium bicycle frame technology in the mid ‘80s. The CAAD9 frameset is the next iteration of Cannondale’s award-winning welded aluminium frame design, which has built up a well-deserved reputation for its stiffness and light weight. The spec of the Cannondale CAAD 9 Tiagra […]

Cannondale CAAD 9 Tiagra Compact
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Raleigh AIRlite 300

Raleigh is probably the most famous of all UK bike manufacturers, with an illustrious history dating back to 1890. Their range over the years has encompassed all types of bike, from the iconic Chopper to a Tour de France-winning road bike for Joop Zoetemelk in 1980. 2009 sees them reinventing their road bike range after […]

Raleigh AIRlite 300
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GT Series 2

Founded in 1979, GT bikes (named after founder Gary Turner) is well-known for its BMX and mountain bikes, and didn’t start making road bikes until 1993. In the early noughties, GT took a break from the road bike game, but is now back with the Series range, starting at £450 through to £1,200. The Series […]

GT Series 2
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Merida Cyclo Cross CC3

You might think brands like Specialized, Scott and Trek are the big ones, but in terms of productivity, few manufacturers produce anything like the number of bikes Merida do. And their CC3 is a typically solid and enjoyable off-roader. The Ride With plenty of fat alloy tubing between rider and wheels we were expecting a […]

Merida Cyclo Cross CC3
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Pinnacle Expede 1.0

Look at the website of Pinnacle creators Evans Cycles and you’ll see that the 2009 Expede is basically the ’08 version but £200 cheaper. Not that that’s a bad thing… The Ride First up, weight. The Expede is 1.5lb lighter than the Merida, and while that might not sound a lot, it makes a real […]

Pinnacle Expede 1.0
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Specialized Allez Sport Double

Like the Defy, the Sport sits in the top half of Specialized’s long-established Allez intro-competition range. It boasts a decent frame, sound spec, neat cosmetics and practical componentry choices. The Ride The first thing you notice on mounting the Allez is its size: in contrast to the Defy, our ‘large’ Allez came up closer in […]

Specialized Allez Sport Double
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Focus Cayo Ultegra review

Focus may not be the most recognisable brand on the market, but its reputation for great builds and amazing value is creeping into the system and undercutting many of the world leaders’ brands. Having just signed Olympic medallist Nicole Cooke, Focus has made a great forward leap into the racing world that could gain the […]

Focus Cayo Ultegra review
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Giant TCR Advanced 3

Giant bikes need little introduction. Giant has been making bikes since 1972 and produces many of the other brands’ bikes too. In fact, it’s (probably) the biggest bike manufacturer in the world. Years of professional racing and development have allowed Giant’s designers to produce some of the best bikes on the market. Unquestionably, they’re leaders […]

Giant TCR Advanced 3
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b’Twin Sport 2 review

b’Twin is the brand name for cycles coming out of the French sports chainstore Decathlon. Its own brand kit combines quality designs and useful features with sensible pricing, and while it’s fair to say they’re not the sexiest or most desirable bikes on the planet, they do impress in the function and value stakes. Much […]

b’Twin Sport 2 review