£399.99 > British-designed budget road bike
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