Bikes

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.…

Specialized Roubaix 2017: the shock of the new

Cruise up to the start line of any sportive or gran fondo in the western world over the last 13 years and one bike would probably be more prevalent than any other: the Specialized Roubaix. As the first bike to focus on providing incredible comfort at high speed, it’s been the go-to long distance road bike of choice for huge numbers of riders. However, for 2017 Specialized has taken the risk of giving the Roubaix a massive redesign, including the introduction of front suspension. It seems to have worked, with the current Roubaix winning awards and plaudits across the cycling media. We look at the history of a modern icon and talk through the current range of a bike that just keeps innovating and improving.…

Pinnacle Children’s Bikes: Something for Every Little (And Not-So-Little) One

The quality of the children’s bike market has improved immeasurably in the last decade, with many modern kids’ bikes now being lightweight and beautifully-engineered machines. Standing proud among these amazing mini-pedallers is Pinnacle’s range of children’s cycles — all of which feature lightweight aluminium frames, small-size components for better control, and vibrant colour options. So we’ve caught up with product manager Scott Decker to see why these little bikes are a perfect fit for young riders.…

The new 2017 Pinnacle Iroko — Britain’s Best Fun-Time MTB?

Pinnacle Bikes product manager Scott Decker talks about the new 2017 Iroko hardtail mountain bike and explains why it’s the perfect British off-road fun machine.…