Bikes

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.…

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.…

BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two 2018 Review

Swiss bike innovator BMC calls its Teammachine model the “winningest bike” in the world and, with Tour de France, Olympic and World Championship titles to its name, it would be hard to argue. However, the beauty of the Teammachine range isn’t just the highs it has reached, but also just how suitable it is for mere mortal leisure road riders. We look at a mid-range Teammachine model — the SLR02 Disc Two — to see how the current version of the Teammachine can tick all your road bike boxes, no matter what level you ride at.…

Cannondale Bad Boy – Interview with Designer Ian Hamilton

Thanks to its mix of no-nonsense practicality, cutting-edge looks and all-round ‘coolness’, Cannondale’s Bad Boy has become an icon of urban cycling. However, Cannondale has recently readdressed the issue of city riding and released a Bad Boy range that includes its funky Lefty rigid fork, integrated accessories and even better urban performance. Coffee Stop’s Matt Lamy spoke to one of the minds behind the development of the Bad Boy, Cannondale’s global director of industrial design, Ian Hamilton.…

Grinduro! Scotland – The event by which all others should be measured

Resident photographer-videographer Toby Martin on why (not just) gravel lovers should add Grinduro! Scotland to their event calendar.. …

Ultimate do-it-all hybrids — why the Specialized Crosstrail isn’t the only option in town

Nobody can deny that the Specialized Crosstrail is a supremely successful bike that manages to attract a huge range of bike buyers. But it’s not the only great multi-purpose, multi-surface hybrid around. We’ve brought together a selection of other fantastic models in this market — all with their own unique talents — which might suit the specific needs of the discerning hybrid rider just as well.…

The Tour de France BMC Teammachine you can really own

Every year cycling magazines and websites test bikes that, they claim, represent the nearest thing most ‘mortal’ riders can get to owning a true Tour de France team bike. However, only Swiss bike manufacturer BMC has the confidence to actually call one of its models the ‘Teammachine’. We take a sneak peek at the upcoming, evolutionary 2018 BMC Teammachine range..…

Bitten by the Gravel Bug – Limited Edition Pinnacle Arkose Review

Cycling writer Katherine Moore shares tales from her recent gravel riding adventure, putting the new Limited Edition Pinnacle Arkose through its paces in the Highlands of Scotland.…

Trek Mountain Bikes: Full-sus for all

Full-suspension bikes — they’re those massive mountain bikes ridden by extreme, hardcore downhill lunatics, right? Well, wrong, but it’s an easy conclusion to come to. Actually, full-suspension MTBs are a lot more versatile than you might imagine — especially when they’ve been created for specific roles by expert bike designers like the folk at Trek. Here we look at the US brand’s full-suspension mountain bike ranges and explain which models would suit which kinds of riders best.…