THE VER­DICT

“This ex­cit­ing frame makes the most of the com­po­nent spec it de­serves”

Urban Cyclist - - On Test -

If we’ve learnt one thing dur­ing this test, it’s that steel frames of this sort of value are crafted with a skill that’s more tan­gi­ble than an equiv­a­lent car­bon frame. In fact, with all four dis­play­ing such qual­ity but sub­tly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics, de­cid­ing on a win­ner changed on an al­most daily ba­sis, de­pend­ing on what we had planned that day.

In short, ev­ery bike is wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause all four fea­ture an ar­ray of im­pres­sive at­tributes, from the Con­dor’s re­fined, con­fi­dent feel to Reilly’s in­ci­sive han­dling and truly in­cred­i­ble crafts­man­ship.

Ritchey’s Logic shows what decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and in­no­va­tion feel like, with a com­plete Ritchey pack­age whose whole seems greater than the ap­par­ent sum of its parts. Its lively ride is sharp, fast and re­fined.

But, with one of the shini­est frames we’ve ever seen, cel­e­brat­ing the beauty of Bri­tish stain­less steel, the Holdsworth Strada is our ul­ti­mate win­ner by a nose. With credit due to de­signer Mark Reilly – who pops up three times in this is­sue – this ex­cit­ing frame makes the most of the com­po­nent spec it de­serves, and is a blast to ride at any speed, with time­less looks and sim­ply in­cred­i­ble value.

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

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