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Dropping a wad cash on a bike you've not even seen....

There are two or three bikes I'm really keen on - spec and review-wise they tick all the boxes. Unfortunately there are no stockists nearby, or they're only available online, so I can't even see them, sling a leg over 'em and generally get nosy and check out the build, paint job, etc.

In this world of online shopping this is getting more and more common, but when you're looking at spending about £2-2,500 (a lot of money for me, maybe not for all) it's a bit of a leap of faith.

So, dear reader, give me your warts-and-all opinions of these if you have time. And any tips about making the right decision based on a manufacturers photo image, rather than seeing the bike in the flesh, would be most welcome.

Orbea Terra

Canyon Grail ( )

Giant Revolt Advanced (


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