I went to WH Smith to see if the latest edition of The Bicycle Buyer had any reviews of touring bikes… but it didn’t. So when I got home I dug out a copy of the magazine that I had bought earlier in 2009 to see if they got a mention… and it did!
Here are the ones mentioned:
Raleigh Royal £459 www.raleigh.co.uk
Dawes Galaxy £899 www.dawescycles.com – this one gets a whole page but it doesn’t say it is a “best buy” or anything like that, just a bigger picture and more detail so reading between the lines I suppose they are recommending it. But then again, they don’t give you the website which is what they do for the rest of them…
£999 www.konaworld.com (are they taking the piss with that name btw?) This one looks amazing – check out the details here… It is still quoted as £1,000 on the website. Do you think they charge extra for the pedals?
Ridgeback Panorama £1,099 www.ridgeback.co.uk
Cannondale Touring Classic £1,249 www.cannondale.com
Thorn Raven Tour £1,349 www.thorncycles.co.uk
Condor Heritage £BeSpoke www.condorcycles.com
Prices are early 2009 so they will no doubt have gone up a bit (the Ridgeback certainly has). Bespoke has probably stayed the same…. The Bicycle Buyer certainly sits on the fence; none of the bikes are rated or recommended, just listed with a few scant details. I suppose I at least now know what are the main competitors to the Ridgeback Panorama, my current favourite for purchase.