Land Rover are famous for their 4x4s, used by farmers and off-roaders across the world, but they also make a range of mountain, urban, kids' and folding bikes which are designed, specced and built in conjunction with UK cycle specialists 2x2.
We were invited to
The 7005 series aluminium-framed mountain bikes have been created with the British rider in mind, with extended rear gear cable outer and trail centre-ready geometry.
2x2 head designer Tim Higgins says: “Riders will find them fast and responsive on the trails, and they offer a great introduction to good quality mountain bike riding.”
They range from the £229.99 Experience Trail (with 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, Suntour suspension fork and XCC chainset, and Tektro V-brakes) to the £999.99 Experience Team Pro, which has a scandium frame, 27-speed Shimano gearing with SLX rear mech, 100mm-travel Marzocchi 33 RLO forks with lockout and Tektro Auriga Pro hydraulic disc brakes.
Continental’s Mountain King tyres are a new addition, and have been chosen because of their mixed-use appeal – something Land Rover riders apparently want. We can attest to the tyres’ mud-shedding abilities – the conditions in the
We spent most of our saddle time on the £299.99 Experience Pro, which has a decent spec for the price with a 7005 series aluminium frame, 21-speed Shimano drivetrain with Acera shifters, Suntour suspension fork with lockout, and mechanical disc brakes. It's an attractive proposition for anyone wanting to dip a toe in the mountain bike pool.
Land Rover’s mountain bikes, primarily available through independent bike shops, aren’t simply re-badged imports from the
He says: “The bikes are specified with leading brand components –
Given that Land Rover riders generally want bikes to just ‘get out and ride’, we think that Higgins and 2x2 have done a good job of offering a range for the beginner and intermediate off-roader who wants a taste of dirt minus the engine.