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