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B’TWIN Hoptown, £250, www.decathlon.co.uk Published: 03:46pm 29 Apr 2011

Decathlon has been selling good-value kit in London for more than 10 years, and this is its 20in-wheel aluminium-framed folder. Although the bike sits at the budget end of the market, it still features seven Shimano derailleur gears and a p...

MONTAGUE FIT, £999, www.montaguefoldingbike.co.uk Published: 03:44pm 29 Apr 2011

Many readers won’t know the Montague name, but this US company has been producing full-size folders since the late 80s. The company also makes Swiss Bikes, which are rugged all-mountain folders, while the FIT heads the marque’s commu...

CANNONDALE CAAD9, £999, www.cannondale.comPublished: 03:29pm 29 Apr 2011

With a frame that weighs just 1.25kg and impressive, solid handling, the CAAD9 proves that aluminium road bikes still offer an attractive option at the £1k price point. The CAAD frameset has a distinguished history — the first model ...

NORCO VFR Disc 2009, £600, www.norco.comPublished: 12:00am 21 Dec 2009

There's a touch of the boy racer about the gloss finish and red go-faster stripes on our review sample, even though the lines are clean enough and black is at least the most understated colour Norco could have chosen.
The spec comprises alumini...