£2198 › Dolan Ti­ta­nium ADX

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

Much like at your school sports days, the one where you tripped over in the 100m sprint and had to be car­ried over the line to re­ceive your medal for tak­ing part, there are no losers here. Our tour of car­bon al­ter­na­tives cov­ered a range of bud­gets and types of bike, and if you were in any doubt that there are worth­while, in­ter­est­ing ma­chines that aren’t made of the black stuff, we hope we’ve eased your mind.

It was a plea­sure to re­visit Rib­ble’s clas­sic win­tery of­fer­ing and de­spite its ana­logue na­ture and dated fea­tures, it was a use­ful re­minder that there are still af­ford­able ways to keep rid­ing in all sea­sons. The Allez DSW from Spe­cial­ized on the other hand is a bonkers, bril­liant thing that needs a bet­ter build, but we ap­plaud the big S for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach.

Our ex­pe­ri­ence with the Ge­n­e­sis Equi­lib­rium was a pleas­ing one. It’s a bike that scores high on like­abil­ity, though again we’d sug­gest a few spec tweaks to bring out its best. It’s all about the de­tails with Fo­cus too – it’s on to a good thing with the Par­alane AL and it was a dodgy mud­guard away from win­ning.

Curve’s Bel­gie Spirit is in­dis­putably lovely, but at more than twice the price of the next cheap­est bike on test, it has an un­fair ad­van­tage over the com­pe­ti­tion, and it would be dis­ap­point­ing if it weren’t bril­liant.

It’s the Dolan Ti­ta­nium ADX, how­ever, that nails the com­plete pack­age out of the box and does so ir­re­spec­tive of price. We might make the odd spec ad­just­ment to suit per­sonal tastes, but it com­bines a very ca­pa­ble frame with con­sid­er­able prac­ti­cal­ity, good looks and stonk­ing value for money. No, it doesn’t have discs, thru-axles or branded frame tech­nol­ogy, it’s just a classy bike that ticks a lot of boxes and rides very well in­deed.

The Dolan nails the com­plete pack­age out of the box and does so ir­re­spec­tive of price

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