And now for something completely different.
Familiarity breeds contempt, they say, and the curse of the bike journalist is a certain numbing of the senses when presented with yet more variations on a theme defined by UCI regulation and commercial expectation.
Enter Saracen’s Simon Wild, who, after peering over the fence from the mountain bike world and wondering why road bikes continued to rely on “small bits of rubber” to slow them down, sat down and sketched out a machine with disc brakes front and rear, bolt-thru axles, mudguard mounts integrated with the carbon frame and fork, and clearance for a 28c tyre (or 25c tyre and mudguards). Inspired by British engineering excellence, specifically the Vulcan bomber, he’s called it the Avro.
It will cost £1799, and be available from Saracen dealers in four sizes: 51cm, 54cm, 57cm, 60cm. Let’s take a closer look.