On-One 456 Summer Season frame review£145.00

Ideal for alpine excursions

BikeRadar score4/5

You simply can’t get more fun for your money than with a 456 Summer Season. It’s based on On-One’s steel 456 all-rounder frame, but with a two-degree slacker head angle (66.6 degrees with a 130mm/5.1in fork) and plain gauge chromoly steel tubing.

The result is a super-tough, crash-proof, CEN-approved bargain for your summer trip to the mountains or if you just want to try a downhill hardtail without spending a fortune. It’s not light but the solid feel still removes more trail sting than an alloy bike, especially if you add some fat tyres.

We plugged in a Fox 36 fork and we’ve been loving it for cross-country trail blasts and general downhill use. An ISCG mount simplifies chainguide fitting, it’ll take a 160mm (6.3in) fork and at less than £150 it’s a total bargain.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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