Dolan Titanium ADX road bike review

Dolan Titanium ADX road bike, The wonder metal at an equally wonderful price £1,800

Cycling Weekly Verdict

In all situations, the ADX handled fabulously. Because it’s marketed as a sportive or endurance bike, the expectation is that it will be flexible with a too-upright geometry. It’s comfortable, but has an authoritative ride quality that belies its unracy designation — and any preconceptions about titanium. At speed, it feels totally connected to road and rider, giving the right amount of feedback. The 56.5cm size we tested has 73.5° parallel angles — steeper than the Forme’s — so it’s not surprising that it feels responsive. But it’s a measured type of responsiveness that isn’t out of place in a bike with mudguards. The ADX could well be the perfect all-year-round road bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Lovely ride feel

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    Weel-juged geometry

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    Mudguard eyes/rack mount

Reasons to avoid
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    Rival 22 hasn't blown us away yet

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Terry Dolan is more familiar than most with titanium. He built his first frame more than 20 years ago for Chris Boardman.

Dolan made it at Liverpool University but the components had to be shipped from Seattle. Boardman rode it to fourth place in the Grand Prix des Nations and again in Italy a week later. Then it was damaged on the plane and that was the end of that.

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