RIDGEBACK Flight 02, £750, www.ridegeback.co.uk
The Flight possesses the kind of understated looks that are unlikely to attract bags of attention from passers-by. However this is a well-specified bike with everything a typical rider would want for commuter or leisure outings.
The lightweight aluminium frame and carbon fork feel (and look) good, and the bike has rack and mudguard mounts. The drivetrain is a 16-speed Shimano Sora set-up, which is budget road bike kit but more than effective for daily use on London’s streets.
The Flight 02 comes with a compact chainset, which means only two chainrings at the front instead of three; there’s still plenty of gearing plus it saves weight. Disc brakes provide excellent stopping power in all conditions, and the wheels are 700c with Alex rims shod in Continental Contact 28c rubber. The bars and saddle are Ridgeback’s own. There’s a good range of sizes (six bikes from 50-60cm), so you should find one that fits you properly.
On the road, the Flight lives up to its name. It’s light for a hybrid, well balanced, with precise gear changing and plenty of range. The brakes give you the confidence to let loose when you’re in the mood, though it’s happy enough plodding to the shops too.
PROS drivetrain, top brakes
CONS it’s a competitive market