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Buying your first road bike? This £850 Mango Point R looks a really good choice

The Point R is an aluminium road bike from young British brand Mango Bikes, and for 2017 it has upgraded the equipment and now offers a full Shimano 5800 11-speed groupset. The pictured bike starts at £849.99, but we’ve got the upgrade Vision Team 30 wheels which cost an extra £69.99. This bike hasn't officially launched yet, we've managed to get one of the first production bikes. It'll be available to pre-order next week through its website, which is still showing the previous model. Same frame, just different equipment)

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Mango Bikes made its name with customisable singlespeed bikes aimed at students and commuters, but it has since branched out with its first fully fledged road bike, with a focus on providing an affordable entry into road cycling. 

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You won’t find any bikes over a £1,000 in the Mango Bikes lineup, it has firmly concentrated on making really good affordable bikes for people new to cycling. And from first inspection, it doesn’t look like it has cut many corners with the Point R. It has a really smart looking frame with hydroformed tube shapes, smooth welds and internal cable routing giving it an expensive appearance. The frame is available in a range of colours, we’re loving this blue, it almost matches the road.cc team kit.

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Other details include a carbon fibre fork with a tapered steerer tube and mudguard mounts, making it a great option for winter training or year-round commuting. The frame is offered in three sizes with a geometry aimed at making it an easy and accessible bike to ride, with a long wheelbase for a stable ride and tall head tube for a comfortable riding position. It combines a slightly longer top tube with a short 80mm stem to provide good reach and nimble steering.

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As previously mentioned, the bike gets a full Shimano 105 groupset. The chainset is compact with 50/34 chainrings combined with an 11-28t cassette, so you’ve got plenty of low gears for getting up climbs. Long drop R451 brake calipers provide the necessary clearance for wide tyres and mudguards, the bike coming with 25mm wide Continental Ultrasport II tyres. 

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Mango Bikes uses its own-brand saddle with chromoly rails and matching bar tape, and Chasewood for the compact handlebar, stem and seatpost. Most new bikes don’t come with pedals but Mango Bikes flips that and offers a choice of a flat pedal of Shimano SPD-SL if you want to clip-in. 

If you don’t want to pay the extra £70 for the Vision wheels, the stock bike comes with Chasewood branded wheels.

The bike weighs 9.38kg (20.67lb) on our scales. Stu Kerton is currently riding the bike so watch out for his review soon.  www.mangobikes.com

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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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