Stevens Izoard review

The Stevens Izoard is a race-oriented carbon road bike with a full Shimano 105 groupset, which Stevens says is aimed at the entry-level racer

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Izoard is a competitive bike at its price point. It’s well specified and the inclusion of a complete Shimano 105 groupset is a bonus – many manufacturers will swap out the brakes and/or chainset for a cheaper build. It’s satisfyingly taut to ride too, with ride position and handling which confirm Stevens’s placement of the Izoard as an entry-level race machine rather than one designed for endurance rides. Despite this, it’s not uncomfortable and soaks up the miles without jarring or becoming tiring. The Citec wheels with their 25mm Conti tyres roll and grip well and cope fine with uneven surfaces. The inclusion of a wider-range cassette coupled with the semicompact chainset gives some extra range too – you lose no bottom-end gearing to a compact set-up with a 28 tooth largest sprocket, but gain a little top end gearing for fast descents. So overall, Stevens has produced a winning package if you’re looking for a more sporting ride at the sub-£2,000 price point.

Reasons to buy
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    Responsive frameset

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    Full Shimano 105 groupset

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Reasons to avoid
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    Race-oriented position and ride may not suit all

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    In-your-face colour scheme

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Founded in 1991, Hamburg-based Stevens makes quite a range of road, mountain, hybrid and electric bikes. Its top-end road bikes are customisable via the brand’s website. Below this, the Izoard sits at the bottom of its five bike fixed-spec carbon range. There’s a lower priced alloy road bike range too.

In the UK, Stevens is best known for its sponsorship of pro cyclo-cross teams, including those of Mathieu van der Poel and women’s world champion Sanne Cant. It also sponsors a road racing youth team in Germany.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.