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.…

Wahoo KICKR or Tacx Neo: Which one is right for you?

Following our recent test & review of the Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer, we now weigh it up against the Tacx Neo Smart Turbo Trainer. The KICKR and the Neo are two of the leading direct drive turbo trainers available from Evans Cycles, both of them regarded highly by critics, consumers and pros alike.…

Review: The Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer

With it being that time of the year again - the time of the year when you drag out your turbo trainer with trepidation, we felt now would be an excellent time to review the Wahoo Kickr.…

Conquer the Night: Moon Vortex Pro and Moon Nebula Review

The dark and short days are truly upon us prompting the need for a quality set of bike lights. We put the Moon Vortex Pro and the Moon Nebula to the test.…

Review: ION Women’s Mountain Bike Range

The choice of women’s mountain bike gear continues to grow, and ION are leading the way with clothing that combines performance, fit and style...…

The USP on Mavic’s puncture-proof UST range

Mavic might have invented tubeless bicycle wheels for mountain bikes back in the late 1990s, but the legendary French firm has been sitting rather on the sidelines in these early days of tubeless road wheel technology. Now, however, Mavic has come good with a selection of 12 new wheelsets and new UST tyres that look to advance tubeless technology to the point where even the most undecided roadie will be chucking away their inner tubes. We look at the range.…