THE VER­DICT

Urban Cyclist - - Bike Grouptest -

The dark days of win­ter are be­hind us and spring op­ti­mism is here. It’s a sim­i­lar theme with this month’s grouptest, with each of the four bikes dis­play­ing qual­ity mo­ments that’ll ap­peal to many.

The first ray of sun­shine is the Son­net MKII. It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to see new and cred­i­ble brands roll onto the scene and, if the MKII’s any­thing to go by, Son­net will be here to stay. Touches like the pol­ished lugs and gor­geous metal­lic blue paintjob do jus­tice to the Colum­bus foun­da­tions.

At the other end of the mass scale is the Flyer from Ge­n­e­sis. Ge­n­e­sis sell thou­sands of bikes each year and we just know the Flyer will shift a few more units. The flip-flop hub of­fers sin­gle­speed and fixed choice, and it’s a pretty racy ma­chine. The only let down are the slightly spongy bikes.

The same can’t be said of the Tem­ple Cy­cles Racer, which fea­tures the ever-re­li­able Shi­mano 105s. Reynolds 525 lays the ground­work on a stun­ning-look­ing bike. The long wheel­base and low bot­tom bracket add com­fort, though its ge­om­e­try pro­vides ap­pre­ci­ated speed. It’s a crack­ing bike but edg­ing this month’s test is the BLB Viper. It’s the po­lar op­po­site to the Racer with rac­ing at its heart. Ev­ery bike should put a smile on your face and the Viper does so with in­ter­est.

“You can’t help but smile when rid­ing the Brick Lane Bikes Viper”

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