Last week I popped over to France for a spin on Time’s new Alpe d’Huez 01 climber’s bike. Naturally, the brand wanted to show of its new design in the best possible light so it sent me off on the range-topping Ulteam model, a spec with an impressive £12,000 price tag.
The Alpe d’Huez is relatively unusual among bikes from Euro brands in that it’s actually manufactured in-house, in Europe. You may or may not care where your bike is made, but Time’s approach to building frames is certainly intriguing.
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) 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 both 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 Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert 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.