Want to buy British? Here are six bikes designed by British bike brands

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In years gone by the British bike industry made more bikes than anywhere else in the world, but times have changed and now nearly all bike manufacturing takes place in the Far East.

There are lots of British bike brands still designing bikes here in the UK though, and in fact, there's a really buoyant and healthy bike business with new brands popping up all the time. So while they're not made in the UK, the bikes are designed in the UK, and in some cases that give the British bike brands an advantage over global bike brands as they better understand the needs of the British cyclist.

In this video we've picked six of the most recently reviewed British road bikes for your enjoyment

If you want a bike made in Britain, your choices are a bit more limited, but there are now many bespoke framebuilders who will cater for your needs.

Our pick of six of the best

  Weight Market price Read more
Pinnacle Laterite 3 9,750g £700.00 Read our review
Raleigh Mustang Sport 11,380g £800.00 Read our review
Mason Definition 8,790g £3,130.00 Read our review
Vitus Venon CR Disc 105 8,860g £1,349.99 Read our review
Kinesis ATR V2 2,100g (frameset) £1,659.00 Read our review
Condor Italia RC 8,320g £799.99 (frameset) Read our review

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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CXR94Di2 [2247 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Tripster, Tripster  4

Ive now made mine into triple crank Di2 ultimate allrounder. Wide tyres, relaxed geometry and titanium.

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macbob [49 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Do any of these bikes contain a single British-made component ?

As British as Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

 

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brooksby [3617 posts] 3 weeks ago
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macbob wrote:

Do any of these bikes contain a single British-made component ?

As British as Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

Mmmm.... Taiwanese Beef Noodles.... 

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fukawitribe [2577 posts] 3 weeks ago
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macbob wrote:

Do any of these bikes contain a single British-made component ?

As British as Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

 

 

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There are lots of British bike brands still designing bikes here in the UK though, and in fact, there's a really buoyant and healthy bike business with new brands popping up all the time. So while they're not made in the UK, the bikes are designed in the UK

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hawkinspeter [2515 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I was under the impression that Genesis were a British designed brand as well.

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offtheback [3 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Well I'm still riding a 1987 Dawes - now restored.   For those who never joined the ever faster, lighter, somewhat more fragile  arms race  It'd be good to see the reviews extended to those still making steel frames - Mercian for example, Ribble and the Raleigh Reynolds team bikes that have british steel.  Componentry is always likely to be import though... (I like old school capmpy...)  unless you're up for a Sturmey Archer hub set up   

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fukawitribe [2577 posts] 3 weeks ago
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No-one is ever really 'up' for a Sturmey Archer hub set up....

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djglover [2 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Nice bikes

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Karbon Kev [714 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Why no Enigma?

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David Arthur @d... [895 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

Why no Enigma?

 

Because then it would be seven of the best