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Eastway ST1.0: First ride review

Eastway ST1.0

Eastway’s ST1.0 has been dubbed a bike with wide ranging abilities. Chris Catchpole takes a ride to see if this traditionally-styled all-rounder can live up to its maker’s claims

Colnago AC-R 105: First ride review

Colnago AC-R 105

Based on the ultra-exotic, pro-level M10, is Colnago’s cut-price copy the real deal or just a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

Ridgeback Advance 7.0: First ride review

Ridgeback Advance 7.0

Andy Lulham returns to his cycling youth on Ridgeback’s triple-chainset range-topper. On paper, it appears to balance the books, but is there some crafty accounting going on? Can it pay the bills as an everyday workhorse?

Airnimal Joey Commute

Airnimal Joey Commute

Handsome, British-built folder with a ride feel that matches many a hinge-free commuter

Eastway CX1.0: First ride review

Eastway CX1.0

The CX1.0 is the top-of-the-range carbon-fibre cyclo-cross bike from new British brand Eastway

Pinnacle Lithium Four

Pinnacle Lithium Four

Matt Lamy takes Pinnacle’s brand-new Lithium Four hybrid for a spin to see where its heart lies — the urban jungle, or the off-road trail

Cinelli Gazzetta Della Strada

Cinelli Gazzetta Della Strada

Cinelli’s steel-framed retro machine is undoubtedly nice to look at, but does the reality match the nostalgic reveries it conjures up?

Specialized Allez Elite review

Specialized Allez Elite

Offering top performance at a commuter-friendly price, it’s easy to warm to Specialized mid-point Allez Elite model of its ever-popular range

Boardman MX Sport Fi review

Boardman MX Sport Fi

A women’s-specific hybrid performance bike that offers the best of both worlds

Beg Bertie: First ride

Beg Bertie

He’s big and green, and he can carry about as much as the Incredible Hulk, but as Matt Lamy finds out, Beg Cycles’ Bertie is no monster

Tern Link Uno folding bike: First ride

Tern Link Uno

So it may have caused the Hon family to fall out big time, but at least the creation of Tern bikes has spawned some very nifty machines, such as this singlespeed option, the Link Uno

Orange RX9: First ride

Orange RX9

Off-road specialist Orange has produced its first multi-purpose machine for tarmac or tough terrain. Perfect if you like your riding smooth one day, and with gritty bits the next

Forme Longcliffe 3.0 FE £769.99: First ride

Forme Longcliffe 3.0 FE

An all-British women’s road bike that shows how creative component choices can give top value for money

Kinesis Racelight GF_TIV2: First Ride

The magic metal casts a spell on Simon Smythe — but will there be a fairytale ending?

B’Twin Riverside 7 £599.99: First Ride


The Riverside 7 is an incredible package that offers the keen trekking cyclist everything they’d ever want — but do they really need everything?

Trek CrossRip Elite £950

Trek CrossRip

Less cyclo-cross, more crossing genres is the theme embodied in Trek’s newest all-rounder — despite the off-road racing hinted at in the name

BH G6 8.1: First ride

BH G6 8.1

What are the pros and cons of a thoroughbred race bike? Matt Levett finds out when he rides the BH G6 8.1

First ride: Frog 62 child’s bike

Frog 62

What’s bright orange and climbs really fast? It’s a tough new kids’ bike made from aluminium with seven gears

Merida Ride Lite Juliet 94: First ride

Merida Ride Lite Juliet 94

We don’t know wherefore Romeo art, but the Juliet is Merida’s women specific contribution to the crowded sub-£1,000 sportive bike category

First ride: BMC Granfondo GF02 105 £1400

BMC Gran Fondo GF02 105

Carbon may be king, but BMC’s Granfondo GF02 proves there’s still life in good old aluminium

First ride: Genesis Equilibrium 10 £1,149.99

Genesis Equilibrium 10

Dan Baines spends some quality time with the stunning steel Genesis Equilibrium to find out whether it lives up to its name and offers the perfect balance of tradition and technology

First ride: B’Twin Triban 7 £599.99


We absolutely loved the B’Twin Triban 3 budget alloy bike when we tested it last year, but can it be improved in the form of a new model with a dash of carbon?

Bamboo Bikes CX Disc £1,899

Bamboo Bikes CX Disc

We get our hands on Bamboo Bikes’ first ever drop-bar bike. Is this cross machine just as happy playing in the woods as on tarmac? It’s time to find out…

Bianchi Vertigo 105: First ride

Bianchi Vertigo 105

Bianchi is the oldest bike brand in the world. Unsurprisingly, it knows how to design a mid-priced road bike

Dynamic Sidekick 8 review £525

Dynamic Sidekick 8

Shaft drive, hub gear and folding? That’s a lot of practicality to cram into one bike… the Dynamic Sidekick 8