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London frame builders scoop Bespoked Awards – Again!Published: 08:00pm 13 Apr 2014

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London is home to some of the world’s best frame builders – official. For th...

First Look: Verenti Substance CX1.1Published: 04:18pm 04 Feb 2014

VERENTI Substance CX1.1£600wiggle.co.uk

To those unfamiliar with the name, Verenti is the in-house bike brand of online retail giant Wiggle. It's best known for its well specced road and sportive models, but recently the Substance has bee...

Roux Carbon Drive G8 belt-drive bikePublished: 03:20pm 19 Dec 2013

ROUX Carbon Drive G8
£900
www.2x2worldwide.com

Another recent entrant to the growing market for bikes with a Gates Carbon belt-drive instead of a conventional chain is the G8. With a sporty saddle and lightweight alloy construction the ...

Avanti Inc 2 belt-drive bikePublished: 03:10pm 19 Dec 2013

AVANTI Inc 2
£900
www.paligap.cc

Kiwi brand Avanti isn’t the best-known in the UK, but they’ve been producing more-than-respectable road bikes for a few years. The Inc 2 owes more than a nod to the Cannondale Bad Boy 8, a cl...

Kansi 9twenty folding bikePublished: 04:12pm 16 Dec 2013

Kansi 9twenty
£749
Drivetrain: SRAM/Truvativ
Brakes: Avid
Wheels/tyres: 20in /CST Zeppelin
www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk

The Kansi is a sophisticated folder, strong enough for daily commuting use, and our test machine came with added mudgu...

Dahon Mu P27 folding bikePublished: 04:04pm 16 Dec 2013

Dahon Mu P27
Drivetrain: SRAM Dual Drive
Brakes: in-house alloy
Wheels/tyres: 20in/Dahon ‘Vuelta’
www.raleigh.co.uk

The P27 is the latest addition to Dahon’s Mu range of 20in-wheeled folding bikes. It has the highest speci...

Eastway R1.0Published: 03:55pm 16 Dec 2013

Eastway R1
Drivetrain: SRAM Rival
Brakes: SRAM Apex
Wheels/tyres: Mavic Cosmic Elite/Kenda K925
Price: £1,849
www.eastwaybikes.com

"This bike's much more than a bike to get you a few miles into work and back, smooth as that is..."
T...

Bike review: Mango FresherPublished: 02:46pm 05 Nov 2013

MANGO FRESHER£309www.mangobikes.co.uk

Unlike the vast majority of bikes tested by the London Cyclist team which are sourced direct from a manufacturer or distributor, the Mango came via a different route – as a present from friends ...

Bike review: Ortre Cinco5Published: 11:24am 03 Oct 2013

ORTRE CINCO5£799.95www.leftfieldbikes.comOrtre's a Sydney-based design studio that creates products for 'everyday cyclists'; it's a pretty new name on our shores and it describes the Cinco5 as its "lightweight, urban utility bike".With the g...

Bike review: Cuda Kinetic M24 youth's bikePublished: 11:13pm 31 Jul 2013

Cuda Kinetic M24 
£225
www.todayscyclist.co.ukIn the past we've reviewed several bikes for toddlers or pre-school kids, but very few for the pre-teens. They're a tricky bunch to cater for, what with those unpredictable growth spurts and thei...

CROOZER KID for 2, £395, www.croozer.co.ukPublished: 02:53pm 09 Dec 2011

The Croozer’s quality engineering and finish is apparent. It has a roomy cabin with all-weather rollaway cover and ample boot space for ‘kiddie clobber’. It’s suitable for children from about 12 months up to 45kgs, with s...

Scoot Beginner, £99.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 01:49pm 09 Dec 2011

The Scoot Beginner balance bike does exactly what it suggests by helping children from 18-months-old learn to balance a bike by walking astride the low standover frame. Children then quickly progress to sitting on the saddle and scooting along, ...

AT1 trailer, £249.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 01:48pm 09 Dec 2011

The single-seater aluminium AT1 is a top of the range adventure trailer — there’s also the AT3 alloy two-seater for £219 or the  ST3 steel two-seater for £169. It hitches onto the rear axle of any mtb or road bike an...

Adams Trail-A-Bike, £134.99, www.fisheroutdoor.co.ukPublished: 01:44pm 09 Dec 2011

Even if your child can cycle their own bike they may not have the distance in their legs for a longer family ride. The Trail-a-Bike is suitable for children from 4-6 (up to 38.5kg) and with its singlespeed freewheel it gives them the option to d...

Ridgeback MX14, £119.99, www.ridgeback.co.ukPublished: 01:39pm 09 Dec 2011

The MX, available in both 14in or 16in (£129) wheel sizes for over-3s, provides the next step up from a balance bike or trike. It’s singlespeed and can be used with or without stabilisers. The bike has alloy V-brakes with short reach...