Whether or not the 3T Strada is the shape of things to come, I’m glad it existsTom Marvin / Immediate Media
The 3T Strada is weird, and I like weird. An aero machine with 1x gearing, discs and fat-for-a-race-bike tyres is Not Normal.
I’m still not fully on-board with 1x on the road, at least as long as we’ve only got 11 cogs at the back, but I do love innovation and I think 3T deserves praise for going its own way with the Strada (and the Exploro that preceded it).
Road cycling is a ridiculously conservative sport that needs brands willing to do things a bit differently, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 3T comes up with next.
The medium S-150C has a healthy 458.5mm of reach and it’s just incredibly confidence-inspiring having that much bike in front of you. The sense of security doesn’t detract from the fun at all, it just makes you braver.
It didn’t hurt that I was riding the incredibly Gucci WORKS-spec model which is a superbike by any measure, but I fear it’s left me utterly ruined for all other mountain bikes. Damn.
The Canyon Endurace AL deserves to be the benchmark for other affordable road bikesCourtesy
I promise I’ll shut up about this bike soon, probably, but Canyon deserves real praise for the humble alloy Endurace, which has become something of a benchmark in entry-level bikes.
The Endurace is an exceptional bike for the money and it pleases me that even in these uncertain times, you can still get a really bloody good road bike for a thousand pounds, one that really doesn’t have to make excuses for itself in any way.
It’s got a great frame and a pretty flawless spec, but more importantly it’s a genuinely excellent ride.
The Focus Project Y makes e-bikes seem rather more appealingMatthew Allen / Immediate Media
I’m sure you’re fed up of hearing about e-bikes, and I have to admit I’m rather bored of debating their merits, and arguing over whether they count as bicycles.
Nevertheless, I do think e-bikes that fit more closely with our conventional idea of what makes a bicycle a bicycle have real potential.
Focus’ super-light-for-an-e-bike Project Y is interesting because it feels like the designers set out to expand the capabilities of a normal bike, rather than creating an entirely new thing that awkwardly sits somewhere between a pushbike and a motorcycle.
At a claimed 12.5kg for a medium, the Project Y is within spitting distance of a conventional touring bike, and I like the idea that electric assistance could act as a range extender and helping hand, rather than defining the whole riding experience.
I’m also believe that anything that gets more people on two wheels is a net benefit to the rest of us. There’s safety in numbers on the roads…
Dura-Ace is the Shimano groupset we all lust over because by its very nature, it’s the best. But Ultegra is somehow more impressive because it offers 99 percent of the performance for a lot less money.
Matthew is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of it over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Trek's lovely aluminium Emonda ALR and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.