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11:00 12/01/2017

Dolan CDX bike review: ‘It isn’t afraid of a snowstorm’

The gearing was perfectly adequate for the return leg. The compact Shimano 105 groupset comes with a big 28 sprocket on the back, so while the 20% climb back up from Ullswater through Watermillock was hardly a breeze, at least I didn’t have to get off. It is a long slog in a blizzard, but as I rounded the final corner the skies cleared to a brilliant blue and the Lake District hills dazzled under their white blanket. It was a view of such beauty that the pain of the previous 15 minutes was erased, and I stopped cursing Warburtons for making such inefficient shoeliners.