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BH Prisma 7.3 £1899.99: First ride

BH Prisma 7.3

BH’s sportive special from sunny Spain comes from a company boasting big-race credentials

B’Twin Tilt: Shape Shifter

B'Twin Tilt folding bike

Matt Lamy speaks to Jean-Philippe Rode, the product manager for B’Twin’s brand new Tilt line of folding cycles — an enterprise that includes a long list of impressive integrated innovations and possibly Foldingbikeland’s funkiest and most-desirable frame

Cube Peloton Race: First Ride

Cube Peloton Race

Available in size and gearing options to suit all, Cube’s Peloton Race looks every part the square deal for £1079

Giant Defy 4: First Ride

Giant Defy 4

Giant’s road stalwart doesn’t seem to have anything too outlandish about its design – and that’s just the way we like it

Trek Lexa SLX: First ride

Trek Lexa SLX

Trek’s new top-level women’s sportive bike is more than just a higher spec Lexa — despite the name it’s actually a Domane in disguise

Raleigh Sojourn: First Ride

Raleigh Sojourn

Can the iconic brand’s new tourer do justice to 125 years at the heart of British cycling?

Orbit Summit Rohloff S&S tandem £4,500

Orbit Summit

There’s no ‘I’ in couple — and a tandem is perfect for sharing pedalling effort with a partner. Orbit’s new Summit is a bicycle made for two-up touring

Creme Glider: First ride

Creme Glider

Classic looks with truly modern equipment – is the Creme Glider the perfect meeting of past and present?

Isla Bikes Beinn 20: First Ride

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

What every girl wants — a lightweight, perfectly proportioned bicycle in hot pink

£1,000 bikes: A very British bike test

£1000 British bike test

What better way to celebrate our Olympic cycling glory than to put four British contenders through their paces

£1,000 British bikes: Charge Juicer Hi £999.99

Charge Juicer Hi

Charge Juicer Hi £999.99: One of four British bikes in our grouptest for under a grand

£1,000 British bikes: Ribble Evo Pro Carbon £999.99

Ribble Evo Pro Carbon

Ribble Evo Pro Carbon: One of four British bikes for under a grand

£1,000 British bikes: Verdict

£1000 British bikes

We present the verdict in our four-way test of British bikes that cost under a grand

£1,000 British bikes: Forme Longcliffe 1.0 £999.99

Forme Longcliffe 1.0

Forme Longcliffe 1.0: One of four British bikes for under a grand in our grouptest

£1,000 British bikes: Raleigh AirLite 400 £975

Raleigh AirLite 400

Raleigh Airlite 400: One of four British bikes for under a grand in our grouptest

Cannondale Trail SL 29er 2 £999

Cannondale Trail SL 29er 2

They may have started out as a sideshow but 29in wheels are edging towards mountain biking’s centre stage. So what difference does an extra three inches make? The answer comes courtesy of Cannondale…

Dedacciai Nerissimo: First Ride

Dedacciai Nerissimo

Dedacciai’s Italian-designed Nerissimo is also available in black, funnily enough

Corratec Shape Pro: First ride

Corratec Shape Pro

Mountain bike strength combined with road bike speed — classic German efficiency

Montura Four: First Ride

Montura Four

Titanium is still the ultimate do-it-all frame material and now there’s a new home grown option

Whistle Win: First ride

Whistle WIn

Looking for your first aluminium road bike and an eye-catching girly one at that? We put the rosy Whistle Win through its paces out in the lanes

Mountain bike versus hybrid: Test lab

Mountain bike versus hybrid

So a hybrid is just a mountain bike with bigger wheels and slicker tyres on, right? Professor Lamy dons his lab coat and gets out his Bunsen burner to experiment

Long termers: Singular Peregrine

Singular Peregrine

Derri Dunn reports on her long-term test bike, a Singular Peregrine super commuter

Biomega Copenhagen: First ride

Biomega Copenhagen

Now for something completely different — Cycling Active’s first ever test of a shaft-driven bicycle

Litespeed Xicon Ti: First ride

Litespeed Xicon Ti

CA tests the bike that combines stability and sprightliness, and, amazingly, manages to be a master of all trades

Cube GTC Di2: First ride

Cube GTC Di2

Hands up who wants an affordable electronic shifting system? Everyone, then. We take Cube’s latest Ultegra Di2-specced road bike for a spin (and don’t want to give it back)