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