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The Light Blue Wolf­son › Beau­ti­ful Bri­tish bike for grand days out

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

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.

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