Wednesday, 30 May 2012 9:50 AM
Skoda's cars have improved in leaps and bounds, especially since the brand was taken over by Audi-Volkswagen. Indeed, the Skoda Superb is not quite as over-ambitiously named as some cynics may suggest. As well as now producing cars with German quality, the Czech automaker has branched into bicycles.
The green-white bicycle range looks very Skoda in colours to match the badge and two Skoda Motorsport works drivers, Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky, are the brand ambassadors. Yes, when these guys aren't burning oil, they're burning fat instead.
While there are no horsepower or torque stats to consider, the Skoda Road mirrors the lightness of racing cars as it weighs just 8.4kg with its aluminium frame and carbon forks. There are off-road bikes too with the Skoda MTB and MTB Full which has SUV-rivalling suspension. The Skoda Cross, meanwhile, is the versatile bike of the line-up.
And because kids are too young to drive, there's the Skoda MTB Junior bike - a junior-sized treadly but with grown-up kit such as a lockable front fork and 21-speed transmission. Here's hoping the kid can count that high. There's an even tiddlier Skoda Kid bike and for the toddlers, the Skoda Mini training bike for a pootle around the park.
With petrol prices the way they are, these new bikes may make Skoda the most affordable brand on the road. Here's hoping that nice weather holds out then!
By Georgia Lewis
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