CUT-PRICE CLAS­SICS

Our six spend­ing-savvy bikes have a wealth of de­sign her­itage to draw from to cre­ate some truly en­joy­able rides

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - ROAD TEST - Photography Robert Smith

t Cy­cling Plus we test a lot of span­gly high-end light­weight car­bon fi­bre ma­chines that many of us can only drool over.

But most of us ac­tu­ally buy bikes at much more real-world prices. For­tu­nately, even road bikes with a top price of £750 have en­joyed some trickle-down tech­nol­ogy, so in­ter­nal cable rout­ing is now seen as of­ten as not, and the frames reg­u­larly fea­ture ge­om­e­try and other de­sign touches in­her­ited from much more ex­otic bikes.

Our bikes range from Spe­cial­ized’s £599 Allez, which has un­der­gone a ma­jor re­design for 2018, to

Bianchi’s £750 Via Nirone 7, which – im­pres­sively at this price – has a frame that was once used to com­pete over Paris-roubaix’s pavé. As with the Allez, Scott’s Speed­ster has changed from a few years ago, los­ing

Aweight in the process and like the Pinerolo SE 0.1, from the Bri­tish com­pany Mekk, is geared to­wards the racier end of the road bike spec­trum. Our fi­nal two bikes are a lit­tle less tra­di­tional. Fuji’s Spor­tif 2.3 has a com­pact frame cre­ated for long, com­fort­able days in the sad­dle, with a tall head-tube and distinctive kinked ‘Wave’ seat­stays, de­signed to ‘dis­rupt and dif­fuse road vi­bra­tion’.

One look at Marin’s Ni­ca­sio, and you’ll know you’re look­ing at some­thing dif­fer­ent. In­stead of chunky alu­minium tubes, it’s slim­line steel, and it’s also the only one of our sex­tet with disc brakes.

Each of these six of­fers some­thing slightly dif­fer­ent. And each looks like they’d po­ten­tially make a great bike if you’re dip­ping your toes into road cy­cling for the first time, or are look­ing to up­grade from a more ba­sic bike.

Our six are all se­ri­ous con­tenders for your first road bike, or a step up from a more ba­sic ride

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