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”