by Ben Haworth
January 26, 2010
If one of your New Year Resolutions is to start riding in to work then this bike test is for you. Or if you just want to scam a cheap bike out of your employer this bike test is also for you!
Looking at the bikes in this test, you may be wondering how we chose them. They are three very different bikes it has to be said. Well, we wanted to illustrate the different types of off-road capable bikes you could get through the Cycle to Work Scheme. So we have the Boardman Team FS to represent the “as much MTB as you can blag for a penny under the £1000 limit” option. The Genesis Day One ‘Cross as the super-stylin’ “fashionista faux-fixie” option. And the KHS Tucson as the “29er curious” option.
What is the Cycle to Work Scheme? Well, the Cycle to Work Scheme is a tax incentive aimed at encouraging people to cycle to work. Put bluntly your boss buys you a bike at a discounted tax-free price and you pay them back in installments taken out of your pay. Go to www.bikeforall.net for more info.
First up, we have the Boardman Team FS…
Boardman Team FS
From: Halfords www.halfords.com
Weight: 28.3 lbs
We couldn’t really do a Cycle to Work Scheme themed bike test without featuring Halfords. They are by far the biggest and most popular retailer involved in the scheme. Their own-brand of bikes is named after Chris Boardman MBE who it’s fair to say doesn’t have as big a name in mountain biking as he does with road cycling.
Seeing as all Boardman bikes are incredibly well-specced for their price tags, we thought we’d see just how much mountain bike you can get for a penny under the scheme’s £1000 limit. But is this Team FS just an exercise in purchasing-power or is it a decent handling mountain bike as well?