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The Fairlight Strael is a true forever bike worthy of every accolade

Cofidis' Spanish rider Ion Izaguirre Insausti cycles in a lone breakaway in the final ascent of the Col de la Croix Rosier during the 12th stage of the 110th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 169 km between Roanne and Belleville-en-Beaujolais, in central-eastern France, on July 13, 2023. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)


Price £3,299 (£100 upcharge for iridescent plum colour)

Size: 56R

Weight: 8.91kg

Groupset: Shimano 105 Di2 

Wheels: Hunt 4 Season Disc

Tyres: Continental GP5000 S TR

Bar Stem: FSA Gossamer / FSA Energy

Saddle: Fizik Terra Argo X5

There are many and varied reasons why people pick one road bike over the countless others on offer. Price is obviously one, performance on paper another, while I think anyone who says a great number of bikes aren’t purchased as status symbols for the Sunday club run is kidding themselves. I’ve been using the Fairlight Strael for a good few months now as my long-term test bike, meaning I’ve used it in its ‘stock’ spec (although there isn’t really such a thing for a Fairlight), as well as using it to test out various wheels, tyres, saddles, bars etc. etc. ad nauseum.

I get to ride the absolute best of the best. I get to ride bikes that would set you back enough for a deposit on a house (…just, depending on where you live), and even with bikes like the new Pinarello F7, the Canyon Ultimate, and even the otherworldly fully custom titanium Sturdy Fiadh I really struggle to find a bike that is as complete a package as the Fairlight Strael in the best road bikes segment. It’s nearly faultless.

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