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Our Bikes – by Category

Summarising our range of bikes is quite tricky, as it covers a huge number of models and many of them fall easily into more than one category. But that kind of versatility is just fine with us – so we’ve opted to group our bikes into four broad categories that reflect the type of riding you might have in mind, but some bikes will appear in more than one grouping. If you’d prefer to browse our range by brand then please have a look at our brands page, or visit our menu at the top of the page for instant access to individual models and brands.

Road bikes are, as the name suggests, designed for riding efficiently on anything that might be classified as a road. Their range has extended considerably in recent years, enabled largely by the adoption of disc brakes. They now cover everything from smoothly paved roads right through to poorly surfaced back lanes, and even occasional light off-road dry weather use on surfaces such as canal towpaths and hard-packed leisure trails. Most of our road bikes are drop barred (but not all of them), and they cover all kinds of riding from racing, through general leisure riding, to commuting and light touring. At the far edge of their range they begin to overlap with gravel or multi-terrain bikes, but with geometries, riding positions and components that are more suited to paved surfaces.

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Gravel bikes (aka mixed or multi-terrain bikes) are arguably the most versatile bikes you can buy. It’s a very broad category, featuring bikes that are capable of riding in a huge range of conditions, from paved surfaces right through to singletrack and properly unsurfaced trails. They effectively bridge the divide between pure road bikes and MTBs, eating well into the world of off-road riding and exploration. So if you are looking for a bike that is highly capable on both roads and dirt then gravel bikes may well be for you. Efficient, reliable and comfortable over a multitude of surfaces, and ranging from gravel racing rigs right through to adventure-ready bike-packing machines, the gravel category has seen an explosion in growth in recent years, thanks to technical advances in bike design.

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Adventure and touring bikes bring together bikes that can also be categorised as road, multi-terrain or mountain bikes. Some are ideally suited to road use, some to extreme off-road use, while others are designed to cover a wide variety of surfaces and terrain types. What they all have in common is the ability to carry you over large distances with plenty of luggage on board. In essence, the more challenging the terrain or the bigger your luggage load is, the heavier and more robust your bike needs to be – and you’ll also be needing other features that add to the bike’s ability to navigate rough terrain effectively, such as larger tyres, a highly stable frame geometry and wider handlebars etc.

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The MTB category is extremely diverse, covering many different styles and types of off-road riding. From fast race-ready hardtails to big-mountain full suspension rigs, with trail bikes and off-road adventure bikes in between. We even have a couple of drop barred MTBs in our range, ideally suited for those looking to take on long distance adventure racing. MTBs overlap to some extent with gravel bikes in terms of the conditions they are designed to handle – they fall short when riding on paved surfaces and are less efficient over lighter off-road trail, but take up where gravel bikes reach the limits of their off-road capability, taking you much further into challenging and technical terrain.

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