Mekk Pinerolo AL ZR - in brief review£549.99

Italian-designed budget British road bike

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Mekk’s entry-level road bike is as good as you’ll find at this price: decently fast, comfortable and well equipped. And while 10kg isn’t that light, it’s good for the money, and you'll only really notice on climbs.

    The welds are pretty chunky, though the rear brake cable is internally routed and the Mekk has a carbon fork, which is more forgiving than alloy. Unusually – and very welcome – at this price, it also has cartridge brake pads, which contribute to the decent braking.

    Microshift’s 8-speed shifters work well with the Shimano Sora rear derailleur and Microshift front, and though the three-lever setup takes getting used to, we still prefer it to old-style Shimano thumbshifters.

    Watch out for the Mekk’s short wheelbase

    It’s good to see rear rack mounts and fittings for mudguards, though you might want to check toe overlap. Our tester’s size 42 shoes overlapped the front tyre of the largish frame by about a centimetre, which shows the frame’s pretty aggressive geometry.

    Overall, though, as a first road bike and a step up from supermarket bike-shaped-objects, this Mekk is a great shout.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
    • Age: 52
    • Height: 175cm / 5'9
    • Weight: 75kg /165lb
    • Waist: 33in
    • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
    • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
    • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Location: Bath, UK

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