JAMIS Bosanova, £700, www.jamisbikes.com


US brand Jamis has been dormant in the UK for a while, but in its day was known for good-value mountain bikes. The new Bosanova is aimed at urban/touring riders, and it’s a well-judged product that's attracted its share of admiring glances.

The frame is Reynolds steel, with a shortish wheelbase, making for a manoeuvrable and comfortable ride, and this is allied to a carbon fork. Avid cable disc brakes give you the confidence to ride 'on the hoods', even in busy traffic or when heavily laden.

The 27-speed drivetrain is a mix’n’match of components from respectable brands such as FSA, Shimano, SRAM and KMC — but it’s not the perfect combination and gear changes sometimes felt a little clunky. 

An extended steerer tube with extra headset spacers encourages you to move the stem/bar position up or down depending on your type of riding — aerodynamic commuter or relaxed tourer — though personally we’d chop it down and find a good all-round set-up. The chunky wheelset and rubber fared well in our winter weather.

Overall, the spec could be improved in some areas (those flimsy mudguards for a start), yet that excellent frame makes for a solid bike that should give you many miles of pleasure. It’s available in six sizes and one colour scheme. MC

PROS great frame, great stopping power
CONS drivetrain & mudguards could be better