Hoy Alto Irpavi .004 review

Hoy may be a new kid on the block in bike design, but the aluminium Alto Irpavi .004 will make the competition take note

HOY Alto Irpavi .004

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Hoy Alto Irpavi .004 offered a great balance between a stiff chassis and ride comfort. A full Ultegra drivetrain is a positive — and is further boosted by the inclusion of Ultegra-grade Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The use of bolt-thru axles front and rear is a sensible move to improve rigidity. Hoy’s integration of discs on the Alto Irpavi is one of the best I’ve experienced. Hoy has used disc brake wheels designed for cyclo-cross and these turned out to be a good choice. Hardy, yet not too heavy. And it’s the Hoy’s overall weight — a respectable 8.49kg, even compared to disc-equipped carbon-fibre bikes at this price — that marks the Hoy out as a great value machine.

Reasons to buy
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    Shimano RS-805 disc brakes and bolt-through axles

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    Full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, including chainset

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    Good quality wheel package

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    Respectable weight

Reasons to avoid
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    Subtle looks may not suit everyone

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The Alto Irpavi .004 is the most expensive model in Hoy’s all-aluminium range. The frame is constructed of 6066-grade aluminium, with the welds smoothed out.

From a distance, the Alto Irpavi looks like it’s made of carbon-fibre — the fork actually is carbon-fibre, but the two materials are so closely finished that they appear as one. Close inspection gives away that it’s aluminium, of course — the welds are obvious and the bottom bracket shell is seriously beefy. All cables are neatly routed internally.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.