Last year we pitched our Race Bike test at £2.5k but for 2012, several bikes have caught our eye that sit just a little above this price point.

Also, feedback from you, the readers, indicated that around £3,000 is what you're looking at spending, so we've pushed up the ceiling price this time around.

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