KONA Paddy Wagon 2010, £595, www.konaworld.com
The Paddy Wagon is the least expensive of Kona’s three-bike singlespeed road range, with the £895 Band Wagon and extravagantly priced £1840 Grand Wagon completing the pack.
This third iteration (named after designer Paddy White) comes in an intriguing shade of sea green, which is paired with a set of orange rims to create that much-sought blend of classic and modern.
Despite the plain-gauge steel tubing, the Paddy Wagon isn’t heavy compared with its rivals (at 10kg), and the bike comes in six sizes (49-60cm), so you should find one that fits perfectly. Wheels are Alex Rims and Formula hubs, with Continental tyres, and there are bosses (and clearance) for mudguards. There’s a comfy WTB saddle, sharp Tektro brakes and FSA 42T chainset with 'guard', while finishing kit is Kona’s own.
The deep-drop handlebars (new for 2010) are a weak point though, putting the brakes a bit too far out of reach. And the long steerer tube, covered with 5cm of headset spacers, looks ungainly.
Out on the road the 42x16 (fixed or free) gearing is ideal for London, and the bike always feels sprightly. Overall, the Paddy Wagon is a fine off-the-peg singlespeed which, with a little rejigging to the front end, would make a superb commuter or training bike.
PROS size range, styling