Three of the best new bikes

Looking for an alternative to public transport for the commute? Nicole Garcia Merdia has some ideas.

Yeti SB130: great fun, whatever the terrain

Mountain bikes are great all-rounders that can handle any terrain, says Jacqueline Neber in New York magazine. They are perfectly happy on the commute, but, should the biking bug bite and you want to head for faster or rougher terrain for fun, then you’ll have a machine that can cope. The Yeti SB130 is a great option and its unique “switch infinity” suspension system can handle the wildest terrain. It’s a bike that “makes you want to ride harder just to see how far it can be pushed”. It feels as good as anything else on the market for everyday use, but when you “ride aggressively it really comes alive and makes for a fun ride”. £7,199, biketart.com 

VanMoof S3: a helping hand with the hills

If you could do with a hand on the hills, consider an electric bike. The VanMoof S3 may not be the most agile cycle in the world, but the cushioned seat and well-positioned handlebars make for “an ache-free experience, even on a long commute”, says Paul Davies in The Daily Telegraph. It looks like something Batman would ride on an Amsterdam mini-break and has a range of between 37 and 91 miles, depending on what you demand of it. But the bike’s “most thrilling” feature is a discreet boost button on its handlebar, which provides an “extra blast of torque” for pulling away at junctions or steep hills. A “kick lock” on the rear wheel activates the security system – an alarm goes off if “some joker starts manhandling it”. The bike unlocks automatically via Bluetooth once your phone is in range. £1,800, vanmoof.com

Mosaic’s made-to-measure machine

You can buy a bike off the shelf for a fraction of what a custom-made cycle will cost you. But what you won’t get is a Mosaic, says Matt Phillips on Bicycling, meaning you will miss out on the “transcendent ride” such a machine provides, of a kind that “I’ve experienced only a handful of times during my long career testing bikes”. Mosaic stands apart from other bespoke builders as it can deliver a custom-made frame to your doorstep in only six weeks – other builders can take over a year. “That quick turnaround doesn’t translate to an inferior product… What you get is a carefully designed and beautifully constructed bike.” The titanium frame of the RT-1 option makes the end product light and fast, and the frame is customised to your specifications. Price on application, prestige-cycles.co.uk

Recommended

Vanquish 25 by Callum: an Aston Martin with the kinks ironed out
Toys and gadgets

Vanquish 25 by Callum: an Aston Martin with the kinks ironed out

Ian Callum, the designer of the original Aston Martin Vanquish, wasn’t entirely happy with it. His second go – the Vanquish 25 by Callum – is a marvel…
11 Sep 2020
McLaren 620R: a superlative track-day toy
Toys and gadgets

McLaren 620R: a superlative track-day toy

The McLaren 620R is a thrilling machine on the racetrack, and you can drive it home too. Jasper Spires reports.
28 Aug 2020
Targa 4s: is this the world’s most desirable Porsche 911?
Toys and gadgets

Targa 4s: is this the world’s most desirable Porsche 911?

Porsche’s Targa 4s, a halfway house between coupé and drop-top, is an attractive proposition. Daré Mustapha reports.
21 Aug 2020
Sony’s superlative new camera
Toys and gadgets

Sony’s superlative new camera

The Sony A6100 represents a big step up from smartphone snaps and is an excellent entry-level choice for photography enthusiasts, says Matthew Partrid…
17 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?
Stockmarkets

Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?

Can we expect to see another lockdown like in March, and what will that mean for your money? John Stepek explains.
18 Sep 2020
Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin
Bitcoin

Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin

While bitcoin is having a quiet year – at least in relative terms – its potential to become the default cash system for the internet is undiminished, …
16 Sep 2020
James Ferguson: How bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19
UK Economy

James Ferguson: How bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19

Merryn and John talk to MoneyWeek regular James Ferguson about the rise in infections in coronavirus and what the data is really telling us.
17 Sep 2020