Slow reveal - Fara F/Road is way faster than its modest appearance suggests

Flashy? No. Fast? You bet. Fara's restrained-looking F/Road is surprisingly rapid when let off the leash

Fara F/Road road bike
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Fara F/Road is good bike for someone focussed on gaining little advantages in the pursuit of both higher speeds and efficient climbing. It also represents good value for money, considering the specification.

Reasons to buy
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    Full internal cable routing for both mechanical and electronic shifting

Reasons to avoid
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    Fairly stiff

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Fara is an Old Norse word which means ‘to journey’ or ‘to venture’. It is still used in the English words ‘Wayfaring’ and ‘Seafaring’ with the same sense of meaning. Although I don’t intend to take the F/Road on the water, will it be an ideal companion to ride the roads and lanes of Surrey? With its aim to be “responsive and fast without sacrificing weight in the name of aerodynamics” as well as not “being too harsh” or “forcing you into an uncomfortable riding position”, how will this fast road bike fare?

Norway's Fara has three bikes in its current lineup, the F/Road, the F/All-Road and the F/Gravel, all aimed at exploring different aspects of the landscape.

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg