PINNACLE Borealis 4.0, £650,


Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind, so it's an appropriate choice for this particularly swift hybrid which tops a four-bike range (from £350). All the models have an aluminium frame, in this case with carbon seat-stays and a carbon fork. Shimano's Tiagra 27-speed drivetrain and Tektro V-brakes proved equally dependable, while Kenda Kwick tyres and double-wall 700c Alex rims are a decent compromise between speed and strength.

Much of the finishing gear is Pinnacle (Evans Cycles’ own brand). Other features include two bottle-cage mounts, ergonomic grips and a pair of quick-release skewers with removeable arms which add an extra level of security. The seating position is fairly low slung — compared with the upright Trek, for example – but it’s still comfortable. More importantly it feels light and responsive on the road, as happy on a short commute as it is doing a 50-miler at the weekend.

Overall, the Borealis 4.0 is a another very competitive product, available in small to extra large sizes, plus there’a women’s range with step-through frames. Its looks and spec will appeal to those looking for fleetness of foot above pure comfort. You could fit mudguards to it, but it’s the kind of bike that the owners probably won’t. MC

PROS Versatility, value
CONS No mudguards