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Blog post: B’TWIN Elops City, £109.99

www.decathlon.co.uk 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...

Blog post: KONA Paddy Wagon 2010, £595, www.konaworld.com

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...

Blog post: COOPER T100 Monza, £595, www.cooperbikes.com

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...

Blog post: TREK District 2010, £750, www.trekbikes.com

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, ...

Blog post: SPECIALIZED Secteur Sport 2010, £650, www.specialized.com

  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...

Blog post: TREK 1.5 2010, £800, www.trekbikes.com

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 ...

Blog post: FOCUS Cayo 105 Ltd Edition 2010, £1200, www.wiggle.co.uk

  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 ...

Blog post: BOARDMAN Team Carbon 2010, £999.99, www.boardmanbikes.com

  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...

Blog post: KANSI 3Twenty 2010, £699, www.kansi.co.uk

  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 ...

Blog post: NORCO VFR Disc 2009, £600, www.norco.com

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...

Blog post: DAHON Mu Uno, £480, www.uk.dahon.com

Dahon is well known for its vast range of folders and in previous tests we've been impressed by their ultra-competitive pricing and spec, but felt the looks and build lagged behind the very best (like Birdie or Brompton). However, the Mu Uno ans...

Blog post: CANNONDALE CAAD9, £999, www.cannondale.com

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 ...

Blog post: B’TWIN Hoptown, £250, www.decathlon.co.uk

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...

Blog post: MONTAGUE FIT, £999, www.montaguefoldingbike.co.uk

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...

Blog post: TREK Soho, £750, www.trekbikes.co.uk

  Beneath its sleek, battleship-grey exterior the Soho hides a battery of new technologies. It uses a carbon-composite belt rather than a regular chain (like the District we tested in the last issue) which is both quieter and requires...