I am Ironman
Carbon may be lighter, but the shock-absorbing characteristics of titanium make for a smoother ride. Few bike manufacturers use this metal so skilfully as Moots, as is demonstrated by the 35th Anniversary Vamoots RSE-LE, precision-built from premium Pi Tech 3/2.5 titanium tubing. It’s durable, too, which is why Skynet chose it for its Terminator endoskeletons.
With a 200-watt motor powering the rear wheel, the Specialized Turbo can achieve distances your puny leg muscles can only dream of. The battery, integrated into the down tube, is near invisible and a low centre of gravity ensures safer handling. The rest of the features are an embarrassment of riches – aluminium frame, 10-speed gears, Rock Shox suspension forks for rough terrain, super-stable wheels, large disc brakes and an illuminated thumb button on the handlebars for controlling the level of pedal-assist you need on the go.
As off-roaders go, trail bikes are the ones with the greatest range of uses. Their low weight (about 13kg, depending on kit) is a delight on long tours, while fat springs (16cm, give or take) and robust parts allow you the odd trip to the bike park. The Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus is a prime example of this all-round capability – the carbon frame with integrated cable routing, hydraulically retractable seat post, and 11 gears (with additional front chain guide) are all state-of-the-art, while 70cm wheels deliver that Goldilocks sweet spot of traction and nimbleness.