Like us, you probably know Wiggle as a great bike and equipment reseller – we have to admit to spending hours scrolling through the site, fantasy shopping and even spending a little bit too much come pay day.
But did you know they make their own range of quality affordable bikes? Using their knowledge of the industry and manufacturing bikes that appeal to their customer base, the Wiggle range of bikes is a great range of budget set ups.
With a commuter’s needs in mind, we took the Wiggle Brand-X Road Bike, currently available at £299, for a test ride.
The first thing we noticed about this bike is the design. Nothing flashy about it, with very little branding included throughout. Although it might not be for everyone, we loved the simplicity of this bike and how it focuses on just doing its job well. Plus, the matte black paint used throughout makes it look and feel a little more expensive that it really is.
For commuters on busy roads, brakes can be the most important part of a bike. The Brand-X comes with Tektro callipers, which although not the fanciest or most responsive brakes, do offer superior braking when compared to other bikes of this price.
When we hit some more difficult track you start to notice the weight of the bike. The set up uses a Road-X alloy 6061 frame, but still comes in at 11.15kg (medium). This is quite a lump to drag up hill. We took this out on a hot day and returned dripping in sweat, which from a commuter’s point of view isn’t ideal…but to be expected. Again, when you consider this in the scheme of other bikes this price, the weight is comparable and not really an issue.
Finally, the use of Kenda tyres is a great addition, making the connection between bike and road feel a bit safer, especially in slippery conditions.
But is it any good?
There are a couple of downsides to this bike including its weigh and a lack of lower gears. However, we still love it. When you consider the fact that it is currently available at just £299, this is a perfect little run around bike.
Some of details on the bike, including the paint job and the focus on key details like brake callipers and tyres make this just a little better in some areas than much of its competition.
So should I buy it?
For those taking on long commutes or those with tough terrain, we would recommend spending a bit of extra cash and getting a lighter, more responsive bike. But if you are an occasional commuter or aren’t taking on anything too extreme on a daily basis this might be a good bike for you.
If you store your bike in a busy lock up, the lower price tag is likely to mean you are bothered less by the inevitable occasional knock or scratch.
Where can I buy it?
Unsurprisingly, you can buy this bike directly from the Wiggle website.
How much is it?
Full technical specification
Frame: 6061 Alloy
Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge
Stem: Alloy: 48cm = 90mm; 51/54cm = 100mm; 57/60cm = 110mm
Handlebar: Alloy Road Drop
Handlebar Tape: Cork
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney, band-on
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
Shifter/Brake Levers: Shimano Tourney
Brake System: Tektro R312
Crankset: Prowheel, compact chainset
Cassette: Shimano, 14-28T
Chain: KMC Z51
Seatpost: Alloy, 27.2mm
Tyres: Kenda 700x25C
Pedals: Supplied with basic flat pedals
Dropouts: Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger
Weight: 11.5kg (Medium)