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VIVA Bellissimo 1, £549, www.evanscycles.comPublished: 08:31pm 10 May 2011

 

Viva is a Danish company that's been making stylish bikes for a couple of decades. More recently, Evans Cycles has started importing select models from the company’s extensive line-up, including this Bellissimo 1, which is availabl...

VIVA Bellissimo 1, £549, www.evanscycles.comPublished: 08:30pm 10 May 2011

Viva is a Danish company that's been making stylish bikes for a couple of decades. More recently, Evans Cycles has started importing select models from the company’s extensive line-up, including this Bellissimo 1, which is available in a...

GENESIS Flyer 2010, £599.99, www.genesisbikes.co.uk Published: 08:20pm 10 May 2011

The Flyer is the UK brand’s entry-level road bike and it's closer to singlespeed winter training/track bikes than trendy urban fixies, with drop bars and standard positioning of brake levers rather than messenger bars and centre brakes. ...

B’TWIN Elops City, £109.99Published: 08:16pm 10 May 2011

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French sports chain Decathlon — with its megastore at Surrey Quays — has always produced suprisingly good bikes at killer prices and, at one sixth of the cost of others reviewed here, the Elops City is no excepti...

KONA Paddy Wagon 2010, £595, www.konaworld.com Published: 08:16pm 10 May 2011

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 Wh...

COOPER T100 Monza, £595, www.cooperbikes.com Published: 08:14pm 10 May 2011

The Cooper brand is legendary in motorsport, but in 2010 the company launched its first bikes, designed in the UK, built in the Far East. As well as the flat-bar Monza, there’s a bull-bar T100 Sebring singlespeed at the same price, and t...

QUADRABYKE, £99.99, www.q-byke.com Published: 08:10pm 10 May 2011

 
Is it a bike? A trike? Quad bike? No — it's a QuadraByke, and it's all three. Designer Tony Wayman's multi-axle design lets you add or remove wheels without tools, so you can swap between the three set-ups in minutes. A choice...

TREK District 2010, £750, www.trekbikes.com Published: 08:10pm 10 May 2011

You need to get close to see what makes the District so unique — it uses a belt-drive rather than regular chain (see inset). The technology’s been around for a few years, though only a handful of companies have really trialled it, ...

SPECIALIZED Secteur Sport 2010, £650, www.specialized.comPublished: 08:07pm 10 May 2011

 

The Secteur frame is a less-expensive aluminium version of the carbon one used in Specialized's Roubaix series and this Sport model sits towards the cheaper end of a four-bike Secteur range. It has a fairly upright riding position, and Z...

TREK 1.5 2010, £800, www.trekbikes.comPublished: 08:04pm 10 May 2011

Although it's one of the least expensive bikes here, the Trek 1.5 is a very attractive proposition if you’re buying your first road bike and need a nippy town hacker that’s also good for fitness training. On some short to mid-length ...

FOCUS Cayo 105 Ltd Edition 2010, £1200, www.wiggle.co.uk Published: 08:02pm 10 May 2011

 

German company Focus launched its first models in the UK in 2006 and has quickly gained a reputation for making some great bikes at very tempting prices. The Focus Cayo 105 Ltd Edition is no exception. In overall terms, the Cayo’s ...

BOARDMAN Team Carbon 2010, £999.99, www.boardmanbikes.comPublished: 08:01pm 10 May 2011

 

Those of you who follow product development will know that Boardman — owned by Olympic and triple World Champion, and World Record holder, Chris Boardman MBE — teamed up with Halfords a few years ago to launch a range of...

KANSI 3Twenty 2010, £699, www.kansi.co.ukPublished: 07:58pm 10 May 2011

 

One of the first things you notice about the 3Twenty is its light weight; it tips the scales at just over 11kg, a sight less than many folders. Useful when you’re bombing around city streets, it also saves backache if you’re ...

FOFFA Prima, £450, www.foffabikes.co.uk Published: 04:23pm 29 Apr 2011

 

What started out at a small flat in south-east London has turned into a thriving business producing colourful fixed gear, singlespeed and vintage bikes. Its signature singlespeed Prima range comes in a variety of colours, sizes and compo...

RACER ROSA Lombardi, £1000, www.racerrosabicycles.co.uk Published: 04:21pm 29 Apr 2011

 
 

At first glance the Lombardi may apear expensive, however, you have to realise that this is a custom bike, with a frame built precisely to an owner’s dimensions. You also get to choose a specification that suits your pocket...