The 50 Best Bicycles

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Whether you’re the next Sir Bradley Wiggins or just want to hit the country lanes at the weekend, you’ll need the right wheels for the job.

Editor's choice:

Brompton H3L

evanscycles.com, £865

Smaller than average wheels add to Brompton’s portability. This model has a more upright sitting position and gives a comfortable ride. Bromptons aren’t cheap but they’re hard to beat.

Mango

mangobikes.co.uk, from £269

Mango Bikes are splendid single-speed bikes. Customise the handlebar and saddle style and then choose frame, saddle and wheel colours. Great fun.

Genesis Equilibrium Ti

wheelies.co.uk, £2,299.99

British brand Genesis was originally part of Ridgeback’s stable. Now its own outfit, it uses titanium for lightness and comfort.

Specialized Sirrus Comp Disc

specializedconceptstore.co.uk, £900

This offers comfortable and fast city cycling. Specialized’s bikes are routinely well-specced and enjoyable to ride.

GoCycle G2R electric bike

gocycle.com, £2,799

This fold-up bike’s excellence lies in its 250W electric motor and its great, shiny design. Start pedalling and the motor kicks in to speed you along. It has a range of up to 40 miles.

 

Road bikes:

Trek 1.1

evanscycles.com, £550

Road and racing bikes are typified by drop handlebars that will see you shoot along. Trek’s entry-level bike is well built and persuasively priced. Looks good, too.

Specialized Roubaix Comp 49

dalescycles.com, £2,500

This is a great road bike. Its gorgeous styling and light frame are delightful and the handlebars are superb for comfortable hand positions.

Guru Evolo R

cyclefit.co.uk, from £3,100

Guru is a premium, Canadian bike brand designed for racing. The price is for frame and forks only, so you’ll need to add everything else. Still, an impressive, one-of-a-kind ride.

Bianchi Via Nirone 7

evanscycles.com, £1,000

Italian-bred Bianchi is synonymous with cycle racing. This budget recreational racer has a fairly lightweight frame and forks and Bianchi’s own wheels. A fabulous looker.

Condor Acciaio frameset

condorcycles.com, £749.99

Condor Cycles’ frames, hand-produced in Italy, range from top-price machines to all-rounders like this one. The price is for frame, fork and headset only.

Eastway TR1.0

actionbikes.co.uk, £748.99

A snazzy single-speed racer that’s smart and very fast. It’s low-maintenance, well-built, and, thanks to the aluminium frame and carbon fork, is light and easy to control. Enjoyable to ride, this is a real performer.

Specialized Dolce Equipped

wheelies.co.uk, £670

Designed for the female rider, whether for an excursion or a tough race. It includes plastic Zertz inserts to reduce vibrations and has a light aluminium frame. Smooth and effective.

Wilier Izoard XP Ultegra

tweekscycles.com, £1,999

Wilier specialises in high quality racing frames but it also produces complete bikes like this gorgeous, fully carbon-fibre frame machine. It has extra stability to make it suitable for racing newbies.

Ridgeback World Tour

ukbikesdepot.com, £599

A classic road bike with added ruggedness. Designed to be comfortable enough for long distances but practical enough for the daily commute, with a luggage rack and mudguards. Solid, stable and charming.

Comtat Regale

comtat.co.uk, £4,999.99

This is a beautifully made-to-measure bike so you know it’s going to be a good fit. Each one is completely handmade, lightweight and elegantly styled. Comtat also has pricier bikes, all as attractive as this.

 

Folding bikes:

Brompton S2L

evanscycles.com, £865

Folding bikes offer security as you can take them indoors with you. The 16in wheels give a compact fold. Brompton’s S2L, one of the lightest models around, will turn heads.

Tern Link C7

evanscycles.com, £299

Tern’s fold-ups have 20in wheels and a snazzy design. The seven-gear Link is easy to fold, sprightly and fun. A great choice for a commute or nip to the shops. Heavier than some.

Pacific IF Mode

fudgescyclestore.com, £1,999.99

Fancy a folder with the speed of a full-sized bike? The 26in wheels make it less wobbly than most and you can easily roll it along when not riding.

Dahon Mu Uno

halfords.com, £479.99

The Mu range makes use of aluminium to keep the weight down. It is single-speed, which also makes it lighter and cuts maintenance. Comfortable and enjoyable.

Raleigh Evo-7

halfords.com, £199.99

Raleigh’s bike is a bargain and has seven gears, so hills won’t be a problem. It has 20in wheels so is bigger than a Brompton. It’s not as light but won’t break the bank.

 

Hybrid bikes:

Ridgeback Flight 01

ukbikesdepot.com, £499.99

Hybrids mix the upright position of mountain bikes with slim road-bike tyres for manoeuvrability. This model has a solid frame, and disc brakes for stopping power.

Marin San Rafael DS5

cyclelane.co.uk, £799.99

Marin, known for mountain bikes, also makes capable hybrids. This range is at home on the trails and the roads you take to get there. This model has disc brakes.

Revolution Belter

edinburghbicycle.com, £599.99

Sick of oiling the chain? Try a carbon-fibre reinforced rubber belt drive that won’t stretch or rust. This is a fast, well-priced single-speed bike with a lightweight aluminium frame.

Pendleton Somerby

halfords.com, £279.99

An elegant hybrid with stepthrough frame, luggage rack and comfy sprung leather saddle. Named after Victoria, who wants to encourage more women to cycle.

Whyte Stirling

winstanleybikes.co.uk, £999.99

The Stirling’s shape, based on a mountain bike, carbon-fibre front fork and other materials make it comfy and swiftly responsive. The company calls it a “fast urban” bike.

Giant Sedona W

shopgiant-bicycles.co.uk, £349

A ladies’ hybrid comfort bike, with 26in mountain bike wheels, an extra-comfy saddle thanks to springs in seat and seatpost, an aluminium frame and a laid-back ride. And 21 gears make city riding a cinch.

Boardman Hybrid Race

halfords.com, £429.99

A well-equipped Chris Boardman bike. There are 18 gears so you can manage all but the steepest hills with ease (if the hills are that tough, just think of the exercise). Looks good and rides smoothly.

Ridgeback Dual Track x2.3

evanscycles.com, £599.99

Ridgeback calls this a Tarmac and trail bike. It can handle off-road jumps and urban potholes and its large wheels give improved traction. Features include a Kevlar saddle.

Bobbin Birdie

actionbikes.co.uk, £375

The breathtakingly colourful Birdie is deservedly popular. It’s practical, with a luggage rack and chainguard, but for a speedy ride or more than three gears, look elsewhere.

Giant Cypress City

shopgiant-bicycles.co.uk, £419

Giant has a great heritage of affordable, reliable and enjoyable bikes. This ladies bike is great for commuting with a shock-absorbing seat stem and 21 gears. Also available as a gents’ ride.

Trek FX 7.5

cyclesurgery.com, £750

The popular FX range is so versatile that it works well on roads and off, suiting fitness fans and commuters equally. It’s fast and comfy for longer rides.

 

Mountain bikes:

Kona Cinder Cone

sunsetmtb.co.uk, £899

Kona mountain bikes are very responsive, so are just as good on the road as off. The Cinder Cone, with hydraulic disc brakes and an aluminium frameset, is an all-rounder

Marin Mount Vision XM7

winstanleybikes.co.uk, £2,249.99

This rear-suspension model is powerful and nimble enough for hazardous terrain. A relaxed ride will suit advanced and elementary riders equally.

Pinnacle Cobalt 1

evanscycles.com, £350

An entry-level mountain bike with extra versatility thanks to suspension forks that lock out for road use if you need more control. Ideal for commuting and weekend off-roading.

Scott Genius 700SL

tweekscycles.com, £6,699

This beautiful cross-country beast costs a packet but has a carbon frame, so it’s light and tough. It has bigger wheels, disc brakes and full suspension so you can ride for hours.

Specialized Hardrock 26

wheelies.co.uk, £350

The Hardrock is an ideal starter if you want the confidence and safety of front suspension. It’s well specced and available in sizes down to a 13, to suit someone under 5ft.

Giant Anthem X2

giant-bicycles.com, £1,699

An enjoyable fast, aggressive – and pricey – full-suspension bike. The impressively lightweight frame is sturdy and responsive. Great for cross-country or races.

Trek Fuel EX 5

cyclecentreuk.co.uk, £1,400

It’s not advisable to skimp on a full-suspension bike or you’ll struggle with the weight of the rear suspension. A braking pivot means the suspension’s active even when braking.

Ridgeback x0.4

simpsoncycles.co.uk, £429.99

This hardtail – suspension up front, rigid at the rear – has 29in wheels for better grip and bounce. Fast, responsive and well-priced, it is well-built, as you’d expect from Ridgeback.

Trek Neko WSD

alpinebikes.com, £450

Trek’s WSD range is designed for women’s body dimensions: bikes may have shorter cranks, a shorter top tube or smaller brake levers, for instance. The Neko is lively and capable.

 

Family bikes:

Pashley Princess Sovereign

fudgescyclestore.com, £645

Pashley – England’s longest-established bike manufacturer – epitomises elegant, classic design. This basket-equipped ladies’ bike, with skirt guard and mudguards, is delightful.

Ridgeback Avenida 6

tredz.co.uk, £299.99

Designed for a laid-back amble along a beachfront promenade or a gentle mill along a flat country road. It has a comfortable upright riding position and the suspension seat-post makes bumps a doddle.

Momentum Open Frame

cyclesolutions.co.uk, £399.99

This open-frame bike – also available in a men’s version – has a comfortable saddle, sleek aluminium frame and plenty of style. It’s tough enough for a commute and carefree enough for weekend jaunts.

Real Classic Deluxe

halfords.com, £379.99

A convincing and attractive retro design with hub brakes for minimal maintenance. Five speeds, a light stepthrough frame, dynamo-driven lights, a rear luggage rack and a comfy saddle.

Pashley Roadster Classic

evanscycles.com, £525

Pashley’s Roadster is instantly recognisable thanks to its large wheels and defiantly upright riding position. Well-built and intensely traditional. Don’t go looking for innovations, but charm is the key with Pashley.

 

Children's bikes:

IslaBikes Beinn 24

islabikes.co.uk, £349

Stunningly well made, from materials usually reserved for adult cycles, and with 24 gears so children won’t be put off by hills. IslaBikes will also take it in part-exchange for the next.

Trek MT 60 Girl’s

trekbikes.com, £235

Like a mountain bike, but smaller: with re-sized brakes, gears and adjustable components to make it last longer. Handlebars adjust to suit the rider. A great starter bike.

Specialized Hotwalk

houseoffraser.co.uk, £100

This light and strong aluminium walking bike is a great introduction to cycling. It has 12in wheels and sporty tyres to build confidence. Also available in pink

Pinnacle Koto

evanscycles.com, £180

Exclusive to Evans Cycles, this is designed for all-round use. The 16in wheels – and smaller training ones – are perfect for younger cyclists to start out on. A range of cool colours.

Carrera Detonate

halfords.com, £219.99

A full-suspension mountain bike to make off-roading a pleasure. Aimed at boys aged eight to 10, with 24in wheels, disc brakes and a cool design. Well-made, light, good value.

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