Spa Steel Audax SRAM Apex review

Comfy steel steed

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £1,200.00 RRP
Spa Cycles Steel Audax

Our review

Stylish steel steed for long days in the saddle
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Two years ago we tested Spa Cycles’ titanium Audax. The steel Audax, in Reynolds’ classy 725, looks similar, weighs barely any more and is £350 cheaper (the Ti bike now costs £1,550). But can the old-school material match more modern titanium out on the road?

  • Highs: Good comfort, sensible gearing and a top ride
  • Lows: Average brakes are our only gripe

In short, yes. Just as with dearer titanium, the steel Audax with its curved carbon fork is perfectly set up and kitted out for the rigours of long-distance riding. SRAM’s Apex gears – combining an 11-32t cassette with a compact chainset – provide all the range you’ll ever need, with crisp gear changes and the added advantage of ergonomic hoods that are comfortable to ride on.

The semi-flattened bar top is a great shape, while the Passport saddle is deeply padded and comfortable.The hand-built wheels are tough, Schwalbe’s Durano tyres likewise, and the Shimano 105 hubs super-smooth.About the only downside is the Miche deep-drop brakes, which aren’t a patch on SRAM’s.

The Audax’s 10kg weight might count against it if you’re riding fast sportive-style events, but for poised and polished mile-eating rides, regardless of terrain, it’ll take some beating – unlike your backside – as you rack up smooth mile after smooth mile. Full mudguards make it a year-round machine, while rack mounts mean you can use it for touring, shopping and commuting, adding versatility to its comfort.

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

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Steel Audax (13)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Spa Cycles

Description Description, 2, 0, Description, Schwalbe Durano 25mm tyres
Brakes Brakes, 2, 0, Brakes, Miche dual pivot
Fork Fork, 2, 0, Fork, Carbon
Frame Material Frame Material, 2, 0, Frame Material, Reynolds 725
Front Derailleur Front Derailleur, 2, 0, Front Derailleur, SRAM Apex
Front Hub Front Hub, 2, 0, Front Hub, Shimano 105
Handlebar Handlebar, 2, 0, Handlebar, Deda Fluida RHM02
Rear Derailleur Rear Derailleur, 2, 0, Rear Derailleur, SRAM Apex
Rear Hub Rear Hub, 2, 0, Rear Hub, Shimano 105
Rims Rims, 2, 0, Rims, Rigida Chrina
Saddle Saddle, 2, 0, Saddle, Passport Navigator
Shifters Shifters, 2, 0, Shifters, SRAM Apex
Weight (kg) Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 10.05