£399.99 > Bri­tish-de­signed bud­get road bike

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Okay, so your 400 quid isn’t go­ing to get you a su­per-svelte light­weight flyer. But it is go­ing to get you a bike that looks like a bike, feels like one and rides like one. It’s also well con­sid­ered for a bud­get ma­chine, where it’s likely to be your only bike, as it has widish tyres, rear rack mounts, fit­tings for front and rear mud­guards and room to fit them, which isn’t al­ways the case.

We would swap the 26mm bud­get Kenda Kon­tender tyres for some bet­ter rub­ber and the non-car­tridge brake blocks for car­tridge ver­sions, but not un­til they come to the end of their use­ful work­ing lives. The brak­ing was okay, not scary, and though the tyres don’t feel the most grippy out there their slight ex­tra size was ap­pre­ci­ated over pot­holes and bumps. You can get up to a de­cent lick too, the com­pany de­scrib­ing it as “the fastest mem­ber of the Ad­ven­ture fam­ily”, though as­cend­ing on a 10kg-plus bike is al­ways go­ing to be an ef­fort, and the Shi­mano Tour­ney gears – with small thumb-shift levers on the in­side of the hoods – aren’t as nice to use as Shi­mano’s com­bined STI levers.

The neu­tral han­dling, slightly up­right rid­ing po­si­tion and de­cent bar tape help make this a good choice if you are look­ing for your first road bike and you’re on a tight bud­get. And Ostro? It’s a Mediter­ranean wind, ap­par­ently.

Rea­son­able price and per­for­mance from the Ostro

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