KTM Strada 1000 CD review

KTM might be better known for being the top-end orange motorcycle people but this Team Sky-coloured bargain Strada 1000 shows they know about pedal rather than petrol power, too

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The sub-£1,000 aluminium road bike market is a fiercely fought arena, but the KTM Strada 1000 is a good enough package to challenge anyone. It’s a quick, comfy, and a very classy package.

Reasons to buy
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    Quick, comfy and classy package

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    Well proportioned

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    Full Tiagra groupset is spot on for this level

Reasons to avoid
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    Gear shifting is slightly rattly

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Although the KTM Strada 1000 CD sneaks in under the £1,000 threshold, its looks like a top-dollar package. There are striking graphics, smooth welds, and trick little details like an anodised blue stem top cap and seatpost clamp and colour-matched Selle Italia saddle. Of course black, white and blue are the ‘now’ colours in the pro peloton. The Shimano Tiagra spec is on the money too, and like it or not, the Ritchey finishing kit has more pulling power than own brand.

The Strada 1000 is a well proportioned bike, with classic semi-compact geometry, a wheelbase that allows a bit of ‘give’ and a head tube that is reasonably tall, although our test bike came with the steerer cut shorter than most. The smooth welds and paint are very nicely done. There’s no tapered head tube but that’s not essential at this level.

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