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Just in: Verenti’s £399 Technique

We get our hands on Verenti’s Technique, featuring an aluminium frame, carbon fork and Shimano Claris

This good looking bike is the Verenti Technique, and it offers an aluminium frame, carbon fibre fork and Shimano Claris groupset for £399.

Verenti is the in-house brand of wiggle, first launched about five years ago, and we reported recently the news that the brand had unveiled several new models for 2015 with a focus on affordability. None is more affordable in its updated range than this Technique, which looks a very credible offering for the money.

Let’s dive into the details then. For that £399, you get a frame made from 6061 aluminium with a carbon fibre fork (with an alloy steerer), so it should be light, stiff and responsive, all the traits you want in a road bike. The gear and brake cables are routed externally, the frame takes a 27.2mm seatpost and while there are rear mudguard eyelets, there are none on the fork.

Looks are subjective, but most people that have clapped eyes on the Verenti have been impressed by the white paint finish and smart graphics. It’s not until you get up close to the components that you’re able to determine the price of the bike, and most people that have been asked to guess the price have been well off the mark.

Verenti has equipped the Technique with most of a Shimano Claris 16-speed groupset, not a common sight on bikes in this price range, so you really are getting a very well specced bike for the money. The Claris groupsets uses the same Dual Control as you get on Shimano’s more expensive groupsets like 105 and Ultegra. The downshift lever is behind the brake lever rather than a thumb button.

To put into perspective how well specced it is for the asking price, the Boardman Road Sport is £50 more and, while it too has an aluminium frame and Shimano Claris groupset, it only manages an aluminium fork compared to the Technique’s superior carbon fork. And you’ll have to find another £100 for the almost identically specced Giant Defy 5.

It’s not a full Claris groupset, just the shifters and front and rear derailleurs feature the Shimano label. The black chainset, a compact 50/34t setup, is a non-branded item and uses a square taper bottom bracket. The brake calipers are Tektro R312 dual pivot.

The wheels are a combination of Jalco aluminum rims with 32-hole lacing front and rear, and forged alloy hubs. The wheels are wrapped in Kenda Competition Kontender tyres in a 23mm width, with a shoulder tread pattern.

4ZA is a Belgian brand and supplies the aluminium handlebar, stem, seatpost and saddle. The stem has a handful of steerer tube spacers above and below it, and moving them around will allow the height of the handlebar to be adjusted to suit. The seatpost is a two-bolt design and makes saddle adjustment easy.

Rolling onto the Scales of Truth, the Technique weighs in at 10.24kg (22.57lb). The Technique is available in six sizes from XS to XXL, and it looks to have a geometry that sits some way between a race and sportive bike.


On paper the Technique looks a thoroughly compelling road bike for somebody new to cycling, for a bike to riding to work or college, or getting the miles in at the weekend. It’s currently out with a tester and we’ll be looking to see if the Technique ticks the boxes.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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MKultra | 9 years ago

For a bike that will be used for commuting and training I would rather have square taper. I remain unconvinced by hollowtech on the reliability front when compared to conventional BB's such as the UN55 which while being "old" or "outdated" as some have said do in fact keep working in all weathers for years on end.

Toast | 9 years ago

Aye, I had the same upgrading my 2300 bike last year, ended up buying a whole new groupset. Good learning experience though, fitting everything.

At least Claris has dual control, which was a big part of why I upgraded. With that in mind, if I had this as a starter bike and found I wanted something better I'd likely buy a whole second bike and keep this as a commuter! At least you wouldn't need to remember which control system you're using today  3

Jamminatrix | 9 years ago

The biggest drawback of this bike is that it's still an 8spd setup...So there's no real future drivetrain upgrade potential. People who buy it with intentions to upgrade heavy parts over time (#1 - Wheelset, #2 - Crankset), you can't ditch the heavy conventional BB/crank system for a modern Hollowtech II type chainset, due to different chain width between 8 and 10/11 cranks. You'll get mega chain rub on the small ring with that 8 speed chain always catching/grinding the big ring.

You're basically locked into old school cranks unless you do the whole drivetrain (yes I'm aware new Claris has an Octalink crank, but it's as heavy as square taper because it still uses cartridge BB). Likewise since the next step up are Sora (9spd), Tiagra (10spd), and then 105 (11spd), there's no real interchangeability elsewhere for upgrade unless you do multiple stuff at once.

SeymourPaul replied to Jamminatrix | 9 years ago

Nice idea but some of those upgrades you are talking about cost more than the bike and are unlikely to be done by 'somebody new to cycling' to quote the article so labour would push the price up too. Looks like a great starter bike and I don't think it's trying to be much more than that!

Jamminatrix replied to SeymourPaul | 9 years ago
SeymourPaul wrote:

Nice idea but some of those upgrades you are talking about cost more than the bike

I'm not talking carbon clinchers and Dura Ace, I am talking reasonable mid-level stuff. Vision Team 25 wheelset is only 100GBP/150USD and Tiagra crankset 35GBP/55USD.

Of course people will ride it as-is, which they should. People still want/need a bare bones entry bike, which this fits the purpose. I'm just saying part of the fun of owning an entry-level bike is upgrading it, especially as you start getting into the sport and learning/researching more about it. It's how most people learn and I'm sure a lot of us started that way. And when they want to upgrade, being able to upgrade one or two things at once is a lot cheaper for money conscious entry-level riders than buying a new bike, which you're kind of limited with here.

Vejnemojnen replied to Jamminatrix | 9 years ago

The chain will only rub on the large chainring, if you are totally running the drivetrain in a x-chain way (2nd smallest cog and small chainring)

And putting some tiny washers between the small&large chainring will eliminate that too.

I've got washers from a nice hardware store for 40HUF each piece.. (around 0.09 GBP) needed 5, and now, I'm able to run even the 2nd cog with cmall chainring (albeit, with campy 10speed UT cranks and 8speed cassette  1 )

KoenM replied to Vejnemojnen | 9 years ago

Not that i like my Shimano 2300 group (now Claris 2400), i don't have problem using any combination of gears, albeit with a bit of noise.
But yeah 8-speed suck, i need a new wheel and the only one my shop had was a pair of cheap Shimano r500, a good set but not what i hoped for xD.
My gear envy is almost over though, ordered a Rose RS-3100 with Shimano Ultegra DI2 and Mavic Ksyrium Elite!

Stef Marazzi | 9 years ago

4ZA is Ridleys own house brand of finishing kit. I'd imagine this is actually a rebadged Ridley, like pretty much all of the Verenti Range. Also Merlin-Cycles own brand bikes are Ridleys. Its usually pretty obvious to spot if they use 4ZA finishing kit, just spot the equivalent Ridley bike!

KoenM replied to Stef Marazzi | 9 years ago

If that's true (i doubt it), than u could buy a very cheap ridley bike? They don't even make a bike that comes close in price as this one, so i doubt they would make such a cheap bike only for another brand.

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