OUR THREE bikes vary more in performance than first glances would have you think. Specialized’s Diverge Elite is a cracking tool for ripping down dry country lanes, offers excellent handling and boasts a comfortable ride allied to lightweight construction. In the depths of winter, however, its tyres are the main thing letting it down. If you’re thinking of buying one of these bikes for the warmer months, you’ll not do much better than this one for the money.
Giant’s Anyroad Comax is a lightweight carbon trail tool that surprised us with its willingness and sky-high levels of comfort on bridleways. Its tyres cope with most that you’d care to throw at them, but it lacks a little of the practicality of the Genesis.
Speaking of which, despite its extra weight over the other two, the CDA20 is the one we’d opt for. It has the trail presence of a Land Rover, massive tyres for ultimate traction, and the most potential to offer you a ride to remember, overcoming even technical trails, and all with luggage-lugging capability that broadens its range of use. Fit a rack, strap on a lightweight tent and you’re all set for a ride to remember.