These bikes will take the worst Blighty has to throw at them, and then some
It’s an unfortunate fact, but a lot of the time in Britain the weather is less than desirable. Luckily, a lot of brands nowadays offer tough bikes for tough conditions. These bikes are ideal for either the commute cyclist or gravel path enthusiast and offer a platform that is not shy of the rain or grit of UK roads in the winter.
The cyclocross mentality is all about versatility, adaptability and durability for when the going gets tough. A bike that can endure harsh conditions without losing the advantages of a more traditional road bike is what the cyclocross mentality is all about.
This breed of bike has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years thanks to their capabilities in wet conditions with more and more people in Britain choosing to ride them in the winter months on their daily commute or as a training bike.
Fast, stable and confidence inspiring on slippery and uneven surfaces, the Cube Cross Race sits at the more aggressive end of the cyclocross spectrum. The rugged yet lightweight aluminium frame is constructed around a stable and agile geometry format creating a fast overall bike that rides assuredly in British weather conditions.
Equipped with disc brakes and knobbly Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, this cyclocross speedster will make light work of British conditions in the winter time and ensure you feel confident on the bike. The carbon fork that the Cross Race is equipped with will also eat up vibrations, giving you a smoother ride experience.
Marin are back with a great new offering for the cyclocross market, the Gestalt 2. Constructed out of Marin’s lightweight Series 3 aluminium, The Gestalt 2 has a matching carbon bladed fork that aids vibration-damping and keeps weight low, making it equally suited to paved and non-paved surfaces. Matched with disc brakes and a SRAM GX 1x10 speed drivetrain, Gestalt 2’s capabilities transcend the Monday morning commute to all types of adventure cycling.
Carrying on with Cannondale’s success with the CAADX range into 2017, the Apex 1 is a new edition for this season, equipped with the revered SRAM Aspect 1x11 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes. Keeping with the much loved SmartForm aluminium and Ultra X carbon fork from previous models, the CAADX Apex 1 has a ‘race on Sunday, commute on Monday’ feel.
Sharing the same great geometry as its more expensive brother, the SuperX, the CAADX provides an assured ride with fantastic power transfer and agility. With more of a race heritage than some of the other models in this guide, the CAADX will feel more aggressive but, rest assured, it’s as versatile as they come and will serve you well whether you're racing or commuting.
A signature bike in the Genesis range, the Croix De Fer is as famous in the cycling industry as the climb it’s named after. The only bike in this guide to be constructed out of steel, the Croix De Fer boasts a high quality Reynolds 725 chromoly frame and fork build. Coming from more of a touring background, the Croix De Fer has more of a relaxed riding position and is ideally set up for carrying panniers – perfect for those who need to take more than just a rucksack with them.
A high standard finishing kit is supplied with the Croix De Fer and features a Shimano hydraulic disc brakeset and 105 drivetrain that delivers powerful stopping power when you need it most and precise gear shifting all ride long.
Born and designed in Britain, Whyte know a thing or two about making a bike for the conditions in this country. The Gisburn does not disappoint and encompasses a number of unique features that make it an ideal companion for the roads and bridle paths of Britain. Equipped with a SRAM Force 1 groupset and a stand-out carbon crankset, the Gisburn is 1x11 for simplicity, ease of maintenance and weight saving. With geometry that ensures the bike rides as well on the climbs as it does on the descents, the bike features a dropper post for high speed saddle height adjustment that can be made on the move.