Rein­vent­ing the Wheels

A TWO-WHEEL REV­O­LU­TION HAS SPUN OFF A WIDER RANGE OF BIKES THAN EVER BE­FORE. SO SAD­DLE UP: SPRING IS THE PER­FECT TIME TO EM­BRACE THIS LOW-IM­PACT, HIGH-BEN­E­FIT FORM OF CAR­DIO.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - STRENGTH - BY OLI MUNNIK, BI­CY­CLING MAGAZINE

Ad­ven­ture / Spe­cial­ized Se­quoia Elite

With wide tyres, disc brakes, and a steel frame, this hy­brid bike can han­dle just about any es­capade on tar­mac or gravel. It’s de­signed to carry pan­nier bags like Spe­cial­ized’s Burra Burra range, so you can pack for your daily com­mute or a multi-day cross-coun­try ad­ven­ture. R30000, SPE­CIAL­IZED. CO M

Moun­tain Bike / Sil­ver­back SIDO 2

Us­ing the iden­ti­cal BURST sus­pen­sion plat­form as Sil­ver­back’s World Cup XCO-win­ning Sesta racing frame, this is a per­for­mance-proven pack­age. Dual sus­pen­sion adds trac­tion and con­trol, es­pe­cially on steep de­scents where you may have more en­thu­si­asm than ex­pe­ri­ence! R27999, SIL­VER BACKLAB. CO M

E-Bike / Gi­ant Dirt-E+ 3

It may weigh a ton, but a Yamaha pedal-as­sist mo­tor and a range of up to 120km means you’ll never get tired. Two rea­sons (at least) why it’s ideal for you: you won’t hit the of­fice in a lather when com­mut­ing, and you can ride stronger, faster and fur­ther off-road. R 33700, GI­ANT-BI­CY­CLES.CO M

Ur­ban / Rook Cy­cles Race

Sin­gle-speed bikes are easy to main­tain and help you de­velop a con­sis­tent pedal stroke. This al­loy bike comes with ei­ther a flat or a drop bar, de­pend­ing on your pre­ferred rid­ing style. A flipflop hub adds gear­ing op­tions, while a chat­ter­ab­sorb­ing car­bon fork evens out the road. R8650, ROOK CY­CLES.CO M

Road / Can­non­dale CAAD12 105 Disc

This sub-9kg road bike blends speed wiz­ardry ge­om­e­try and en­durance fea­tures like wider tyres and disc brakes for a superb all-round ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s fast and com­fort­able, whether you’re racing your mates or rid­ing to work. All it asks is that you pedal your heart out. R29000, ROCK HOP­PER AD­VEN­TURES. CO.ZA

Triathlon / Swift Neu­ro­gen

The Neu­ro­gen is en­gi­neered to crush your bike split with an aero­dy­namic pro­file that cheats the wind. This, cou­pled with a frame and han­dle­bar sys­tem that han­dles bends pre­dictably and ab­sorbs road buzz, means you’ll save pre­cious en­ergy for the fi­nal push to the fin­ish line. R86900, SWIFT CAR­BON. CO M

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