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2011 new bikes: Dawes developments

Dawes-Galaxy

17th February 2011

The 2011 Dawes launch saw tweaks to the classics but a pleasant surprise were some credible-looking audax bikes and a classic frame for sensible money.

head to head: Apex Twins

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29th January 2011

We were keen to try SRAM’s new Apex groupset, mostly to try out the new wide-ratio gears but it was also a good excuse to see it mounted on two very different frames.

head to head: Condor Italia £999

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29th January 2011

Condor’s Italian-made frame has pretensions to a sophisticated lifestyle, according to Simon Smythe. Does that make it a bad buy against the Dolan?

head to head: Dolan Preffisio £895

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29th January 2011

“There’s no messing about with the Preffisio — it’s a basic aluminium frame made capably in the Far East to keep costs down, available in any colour so long as it’s black.”

head to head: Apex Twins verdict

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29th January 2011

The same SRAM Apex components on two somewhat similar aluminium frames show up how little differences can make a bike perfect for your needs.

First Ride: Racing thoroughbred – Focus Izalco Pro 1.0 £2,500

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28th January 2011

Neil Webb on the Focus Izalco: “The high modulus carbon frame of the Izalco 1.0 is the same as was used by Milram’s ProTour level racers only two years ago.”

Boardman bikes announce new flagship range

Boardman-Elite-AiR-detail

26th January 2011

Previously only sold in the UK through Halfords stores, Chris Boardman’s new Elite bikes are due to be sold all over the world. Luke Evans got a peep yesterday.

Who the heck is Chris Boardman?

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21st January 2011

First he was a legend at the Barcelona Olympics 1992, now he is a legend at selling critically-acclaimed bicycles. Chris Sidwells finds out what makes Chris Boardman tick.

bike we like: Renovo R1 Road

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20th January 2011

If carbon-fibre, steel, aluminium or titanium are ‘so last year’ for you, perhaps hickory is the frame material for you? US maker Renovo makes just such a frame.

Ghostly goings-on

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14th January 2011

Just announced: a new brand from Germany called Ghost that, apart from some nice mountain and city bikes, offers a couple of well-priced road bikes.

first ride: Flite of fancy – KHS Flite 300 £550

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9th January 2011

“The folly of ordering in a skinny-tyred roadie bike for a First Ride slowly dawned on me.” Derri Dunn, however, discovers that even in winter, the right road bike can be fun.

Sintesi make road bikes. Who knew?

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15th December 2010

Italian mountain bike brand Sintesi offered road bikes to the Italians all along. It just took the sportive cycling boom in the UK to bring them here, too.

Fuji previews special Team range for UK

Fuji 2011 Team 2.0

23rd November 2010

All for under a grand, famous Far East bike maker commits to big road bike sales with three new models coming in 2011. We like that they’re coming in 7 sizes.

Jamis bicycles back in Britain

Jamis Xenith Pro

10th November 2010

A return to the UK for Jamis, a big and well-reviewed value brand in the U.S. Now to be sold in the Evans stores and mailorder. There’s two nice looking all round tourers.

group test: Cannondale CAAD 8 105 £999.99

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1st June 2010

Cannondale offer carbon frames for many thousands but their legendary aluminium frame is still the basis of their own ‘workhorse’ model. An ideal match for 105, then?

group test: GT GTR Carbon Sport £1,999.99

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1st June 2010

GT GTR Carbon Sport: “the only bike here using the 105 calipers, and what a difference! Braking is the most positive by a long way, the levers are perfectly weighted.”

group test: BMC Streetfire SSX01 £1,199

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1st June 2010

BMC Streetfire SSX01: “The finish is impressive. The welds are very smooth and the paint and decals perfectly applied — it looks like a bike that costs twice as much.”

group test: 105 Verdict

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1st June

“There’s a clear difference in performance between the bike that uses the complete 105 groupset — hubs and all — and the other two that spec cheaper calipers and chainsets.”