220 Triathlon Magazine - - Biketest -

We’ve spent months since the first of these bikes ar­rived ramp­ing up the mileage and route chal­lenges to shake out a fi­nal con­clu­sion. The Fo­cus Par­alane is a spring lamb when it comes to ride feel but its frame flex and heavy wheels can sap speed and the mud­guards can’t cope with rougher rid­ing. It’s sure­footed and a won­der­fully re­spon­sive all-rounder but loses ground to the other bikes when the roads are smooth and fast.

The Whyte Wes­sex has a pur­pose­ful ride po­si­tion, great han­dling, and a su­perbly damped frame that can take wide wheels while still of­fer­ing a hint of aero­dy­nam­ics. That all this comes with ex­ten­sive weath­er­proof­ing, in­clud­ing cus­tom mud­guards, makes the Wes­sex a bril­liant Bri­tish all-rounder. It’s a su­perbly com­pre­hen­sive and con­trolled, great value and all-weather war­rior for UK rid­ing.

Nev­er­the­less, the bike that shone through by virtue of its ef­fer­ves­cent ride char­ac­ter and easy speed was the Ge­n­e­sis Da­tum. It might have a few nig­gles and be the more ex­pen­sive of the two Shi­mano 105 bikes here, but even with­out ex­plor­ing ex­ten­sive up­grade po­ten­tial it’s al­ready an out­stand­ing want-to-ride-it-as-much-as­pos­si­ble bike that won over all our test team, what­ever the route held in store.

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