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Just in: Mango Bikes Point R road bike costing £719.99

First look at the new Point R aluminium road bike from Mango Bikes

We brought you a first look at the brand new Point R road bike from Mango Bikes a while ago, and now we’ve got our hands on one of the first production bikes so we can put it through its paces.

Featuring a smartly designed aluminium frame with smooth welds, curved tubes and internal cable routing, the appearance of the new Point R suggests high-end, even though the price tag suggests otherwise.

Along with a carbon fibre fork and own-brand finishing kit, the Point R is available in a range of builds, starting at £429.99 with Shimano Claris and rising to £619.99 for Shimano 105. That’s the bike we have for test here, but with the optional Vision Team 30 wheel upgrade pushing the price of the test bike up to £719.99. The Vision wheels are offered as a £99.99 upgrade on each build, along with a Continental GatorSkin tyre upgrade over the stock Kenda tyres.

The bike gets a Shimano 105 drivetrain with an FSA Vero compact chainset using an FSA square taper bottom bracket. Brake calipers are Tektro R315 and the handlebar, stem, seatpost and saddle are from Mango’s own Chasewood components brand. This bike comes with 25mm Kenda tyres - a Continental upgrade is available - and the frame will take up to 28mm tyres with mudguards, or 32mm without, which will please fans of wide tyres. 

On the scales this size medium comes in at a respectable 9.85kg (21.71lb).

Mango Bikes has built on the success of its original 18-speed steel fixed wheel and geared road bike, originally aimed at students wanting an affordable and customisable bike, with the development of the new aluminium Point R. It has the appearance of a race bike with the practicality of mudguard and rack mounts, making it ideal for sportives or daily commuting. The Point R was born from an ambitious brief "to develop the ultimate sub £1000 aluminium road bike, with all the features you’d expect from a bike twice the price.”

Mango has refined the geometry based on feedback from its customers and aimed to produce a bike that will appeal to newer cyclists looking to get into the sport. The frame is offered in three sizes, this medium has a 550mm effective top tube with a 530mm seat tube, a 160mm head tube, 1005mm wheelbase and 420mm chainstays. The head angle is 72.5 degrees and the seat angle is 73.5 degrees. The reach is 385mm and the stack is 570mm.

There’s a choice of four colours, this neon yellow (which has proved to be popular based on early sales according to Mango) and black, blue and white colours. Each model is refreshingly devoid of loud graphics, with just a head tube and seat tube decal. All very restrained. 

If you’re looking to spend £600-700 on a new road bike, you’ll find no shortage of decent options. For a bit more cash there’s the B’Twin Ultra 700AF with a similar aluminium frame and Shimano 105 groupset. Or there’s the Canyon Endurace AL 5.0, also with an aluminium frame, carbon fork but with a Shimano Tiagra groupset coming in at £699. The final comparison we’re going to offer you is the Specialized Allez Sport, currently discounted from £750 to £600, with an aluminium frame and Shimano Sora groupset. 

What those comparisons show is that on paper the new Point R is very well specced and competitively priced and fairs well against more established brands. Now it's just a matter of seeing how it performs on the road, so watch out for a full review soon. 

www.mangobikes.co.uk

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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PhillBrown | 8 years ago
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If Road.cc feel the need to give one of these away, make sure my name is top of the list!

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Asian Bike Man | 8 years ago
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Meh, The frame is nice... but the chainset is unforgivable,Its just awful...I think they just cheaping out really, shame

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Ratfink | 8 years ago
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It would be nice if you were able to just buy the frameset i like the black one.

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barbarus | 8 years ago
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Thanks for that Ratfink! I'm sure it is the crankset...

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barbarus | 8 years ago
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I have those cranks on my bike. They are prime suspects in the case of the elusive creak.

I agree that it looks really good, especially at that price.

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Ratfink replied to barbarus | 8 years ago
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barbarus wrote:

I have those cranks on my bike. They are prime suspects in the case of the elusive creak.

I had exactly the same thing on my flat bar commuter a Giant rapid i was forever trying to find what it was, it varied from annoying to downright clanging.
I picked up the correct crankset and bottom bracket for £42 from decathlon and it has vanished.
It was the definately the crankset as i had already changed the fsa bottom bracket after it started making grinding noises after about 3 months use for a shimano square taper.

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darrenleroy | 8 years ago
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Looks sexy though!

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Vejnemojnen | 8 years ago
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almost 10 kgs? square tapered chainset? kenda tyres with the cheapest tektro calipers? (Tektro has very decent and good calipers, but the R-3.. is not one of those..)

Interestedto see who will buy such a bike..

though the geometry is spot on, and it even has clearence for fattier tyres, but the frame itself must weigh a ton  1

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joules1975 replied to Vejnemojnen | 8 years ago
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Vejnecske wrote:

almost 10 kgs? square tapered chainset? kenda tyres with the cheapest tektro calipers? (Tektro has very decent and good calipers, but the R-3.. is not one of those..)

Interestedto see who will buy such a bike..

To be fair to mango, sort of, those cranks weigh a shed load, especially if paired with a cheap BB (which I'd imagine is what's fitted). Also, the own brand seatpost etc ... what do they weigh?

I'd expect an aluminium bike with 105 to come in at 8.5 kg or so, when fitted with parts that better complement the 105 groupset. I suspect that this would come in at around that if fitted with such parts, but I also suspect the price would increase to nearer £900 too.

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joules1975 | 8 years ago
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Nice bike, but look at the kit as a whole, instead of just the shifters a mechs, and it's not quite as good value as it first looks.

Entry level three piece fast cranks and tektro brakes don't really match the 105 stuff for a start, and in any case it's 10 speed 105 by the looks of things, which is about to be overtaken by the new tiagra.

I'd be interested in seeing a price on this bike with a shimano ht2 crankset and shimano brakes, plus 11spd 105.

Nice looking frame though and nice to see some small guys giving it a go.

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nikf replied to joules1975 | 8 years ago
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My thoughts entirely. Its B’twin competition comes with 11-speed, and 105 Direct Mount brakes (and it’s lighter, FWIW). That said, the Mango certainly looks nice, and as you point out it’s nice to see it from a smaller UK company. The neon yellow + mudguards would make for quite the eye-catching high-vis winter bike  21

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