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PINNACLE Dolomite 1.0, £550, www.evanscycles.comPublished: 04:28pm 22 Nov 2011

Pinnacle is Evans Cycles’ own brand and the 1.0 is the cheapest in the three-bike Dolomite range, sharing the same double-butted aluminium frame with its £1k, top-of-the-range sibling.
The Shimano compact chainset is finished in bru...

KHS Flite 500, £849, www.khsbikes.co.ukPublished: 04:24pm 22 Nov 2011

Beauty might well be in the eye of the beholder but with striking silver livery and sporty poise the Flite 500 drew appreciate glances from fellow commuters. And it’s not just a superficial lipstick job, for the Flite has pedigree and qual...

DAWES Sportif, £650, www.dawescycles.comPublished: 04:20pm 22 Nov 2011

Out of the box, the Dawes is an eye-catcher; its aluminium frame has a fetchingly curved top-tube and it’s decked out in suitably sporty red and black attire. The frame’s complemented by a carbon-bladed fork (which means it has a sli...

BOARDMAN Team, £999.99, www.boardmanbikes.comPublished: 04:13pm 22 Nov 2011

Like other Boardman road bikes we’ve tested, the 2011 Team defies logic: the sum of the parts adds up to considerably more than the retail price, while the technology and finishing is usually only found on bikes twice as expensive. Not tha...

Pinnacle Willow Two, £449.99, www.evanscycles.comPublished: 04:07pm 22 Nov 2011

Recently reduced by a hundred quid to the price shown, the Willow Two is the higher-specced of two women’s-specific bikes in Pinnacle’s expanding mtb line-up. Like its stablemate it is built around a very nicely finished double-butte...

Halcyon Talos, £660, www.halcyonbikes.comPublished: 04:00pm 22 Nov 2011

This is an exclusive first look at the Talos, a well-featured and good-looking bike from new manufacturer Halcyon. The £600-£700 mtb price point is one where you’ll also find strong products from established brands such as GT, ...

B’Twin Rockrider 8.0, £399.99, www.decathlon.co.ukPublished: 03:47pm 22 Nov 2011

We’ve tested a number of Decathlon bikes in the last two years, including folders and hybrids, and they’ve all lived up to the French superstore’s reputation for selling solid kit at sensible prices.
Therefore, it’s no s...

SCHINDELHAUER Ludwig, £1500, www.schindelhauerbikes.comPublished: 03:40pm 22 Nov 2011

This German-designed bike won’t be found in many London shops, but perhaps exclusivity is part of the attraction. At the Ludwig’s core is a smooth-welded, triple-butted alumimium frame and fork; internal cable routing adds to the cla...

RIDGEBACK Flight 02, £750, www.ridegeback.co.ukPublished: 03:37pm 22 Nov 2011

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...

ON-ONE Pompetamine, £1200, www.on-one.co.ukPublished: 03:30pm 22 Nov 2011

As one of this British firm’s most popular bikes, the Pompetamine comes with an enticing spec that comprises steel frame and fork, 11-speed Shimano hub-gears, and hydraulic disc brakes.
We tested a small size, and experienced occasional t...

PINNACLE Neon One, £399.99, www.evanscycles.co.ukPublished: 02:43pm 22 Nov 2011

The Neon range has three models and the One we tested also comes in a women-specific version, which includes a lower top-tube, shorter cranks and stem and fetching ‘deep purple’ paintwork.
All Neons have the same style of aluminium ...

PASHLEY Poppy, £435, www.pashley.co.uk Published: 08:38pm 10 May 2011

This is another British-built, ‘Dutch-style’ cruiser that's made with a well-finished, traditionally lugged steel frame. The Poppy uses Sturmey Archer hubs brakes and three-speed hub gear (operated by trigger shifter), both of...

CHARGE Lazy Susan, £499, www.chargebikes.com Published: 08:38pm 10 May 2011

Charge has made a strong impact in recent years with its Plug singlespeed and Tap eight-speed hybrid among others – however, many urbanites rate this as the primo ‘bike named after kitchen fitting’.
A ‘Dutch bike with ...

AZOR Carolina, £499, www.dutchbike.co.uk Published: 08:35pm 10 May 2011

The Carolina is about as trad-Dutch as they come. Black is the default option (gloss or matt), with other colours by special arrangement only. It features all the hallmarks of a classic ‘Dutch bike’, from the hefty steel ...

GLOBE Haul 01, £500, www.globebikes.com Published: 08:31pm 10 May 2011

For some this bike will be love at first sight; others will be more circumspect. Is it form over function? Does the integrated rack add too much weight? How can large loads be secured practically? How is it to ride? 
Globe has certa...