The Light Blue Wolfson › Beautiful British bike for grand days out
With its quality Reynolds 853 frame and carbon fork it’s understated but very well thought out
When you step away from carbon and its tyrannical dominance of ‘serious’ bikes, it’s impressive to see that you can find just as much diversity from metal as you can from plastic fibres.
All of the bikes here have their own character, none seem to feel like a me-too product. Cinelli’s Vigorelli sees the most differences, with its hardcore fixed-gear racer’s heart it makes for an exciting ride, but one that you couldn’t really describe as an all-rounder.
The Mr Pink from All-City mixes in a bit of the racing heart of the Cinelli with a more compliant and exciting ride, which matches its great looks. It’s a bit of a bargain too.
In the Equilibrium, Genesis has created a brilliant steel disc-braked bike for all-day rides. Some spec compromises leave it carrying a bit too much timber, however, to see off this competition.
The final three bikes all share what can only be described as a luxurious ride. The Dolan gets its from a relaxed ride position and a great quality titanium frame, the Ritchey with its triple-butted Logic tubing and wonderful ride position, combining responsive handling with comfort, is stunning. If provisions were added for mudguards it would be the perfect steel bike for British riding.
That just leaves The Light Blue Wolfson. With its top-quality Reynolds 853 frame and slender carbon fork it’s understated but very well thought out. With bosses for mudguards and racks you may think it’s going to be a little boring, but that’s not the case. Yes, the Ritchey is a tad sharper, but the Wolfson is smoother, handles with great confidence, rides lighter and is the ideal year-round machine if you’re looking for something big-ride capable that eschews carbon.