Bikes

HOY Napier review – Josephine Perry, aged 41. Harriet Perry, aged nearly 2

Sports psychologist Dr. Josephine Perry recently got the chance to get her young daughter on the new Hoy Napier. As a cyclist who can always find an excuse for needing just one more bike, the realisation that she now gets to buy them for her daughter too was joyous. Harriet is almost two so she is starting out on the HOY Napier. A gorgeous blue balance bike that costs £110 at Evans. A review from a nearly two year old is not the easiest thing to write when their favourite words are ‘cheese’, ‘more’ and ‘shoes.’ So I’ll write this review on her behalf! …

Spotlight Bike: Specialized Roubaix Elite

The Specialized Roubaix has a long history of using clever frame geometry and construction to provide hugely comfortable endurance road bikes. With the new Roubaix, however, it has taken the search for ultimate compliance one step further with head-tube mounted Future Shock suspension technology. We look at the Roubaix Elite, where all this ability is built onto a superlight carbon frame with a fantastic yet affordable spec.…

Spotlight Bike: Norco Sight

Designed and tested in British Columbia by a bike brand with more than 50 years in the business, the Norco Sight A2 29er has all the heritage needed for success. Add in fantastic spec, cutting-edge frame design, size-specific geometry, big-rolling 29in wheels, and a great deal in the Evans Cycles’ sale, and this is one All-Mountain machine built to put smiles on riders’ faces.…

Spotlight Bike: BMC Roadmachine

So you want just one high-performance road bike that can do it all? Something that can provide the comfort, security and efficiency needed for endurance events, but also the excitement, handling and ability to make the heart pump and the adrenalin flow. Only one brand has the scientific knowledge needed to create this almost-impossible ideal. And only one bike has all the ingredients required to do it: the BMC Roadmachine.…

Spotlight Bike: Norco Range

With the off-road haven of Whistler as their playground, the team at Norco truly live and breathe mountain biking. If you’re looking for the ultimate off-road play machine, created by a company that is famed for creating incredible performance products, the Norco Range A2 enduro bike — exclusive to Evans in the UK and currently enjoying a £400 discount in the Evans Cycles Sale — could be the perfect choice.…

Spotlight Bike: BMC Teammachine

With its ultra-lightweight carbon construction, beautifully integrated frame design, faultless Shimano groupset, choice of disc or rim brakes, and a direct heritage that includes being raced at the Vuelta a Espana, the BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two has it all. And, with its incredible value retail price, it’s the elite race bike anyone can own.…

Italian Road Bike Brands = Italian Heart and Soul

What is it about the combination of cycling and Italy that seems to create such emotion? Whether it’s cycling events such as the Giro d’Italia or L’Eroica, or legendary riders such as Fausto Coppi right up to today’s hero Vincenzo Nibali, a little bit of Italian influence can turn anything pedal-powered into something magical. Cycle brands enjoy the association more than most, with Italian bikes prized not only for their style, quality and performance but just as much for their heritage and history. So we’ve brought together a few of the most iconic Italian bike marques to see what makes them so special.…

The Best Commuter Bikes

It’s quite true to say that any type of bike can be used for riding to work (with the exception perhaps of full-on downhill mountain bike rigs). However, it’s a pretty empty statement if it’s not backed up by some hard examples. So we’ve put together a selection of specific bike models — all rear-rack friendly and all available for less than the Cycle to Work scheme’s £1,000 limit — that we think would make great options for different types of commuter bike.…

Specialized Sirrus Elite Review

Specialized’s Sirrus range has been one of the best selling hybrid choices for years now and it’s clear to see why: sensible specifications, good pricing, surprisingly nippy performance, and all the assurance that comes with buying from a big-name brand. We look at the latest version of the aluminium range-topping Sirrus Elite to find out if this multi-discipline master is still doing it all as well as ever.…

Jamis Dakar A2 2018 Review

Although not quite as famous as Trek or Specialized, Jamis is a bicycle company with a truly global outlook and a fully rounded model line-up. What might really surprise new discoverers of the Jamis brand, however, is just how affordable it manages to make all types of bike, from old-school leisure machines to the very highest-tech performance models. It’s this latter type of product we look at here in the shape of possibly the best value full-suspension mountain bike on the market — the Jamis Dakar A2.…