Price: Entry-level from $2,200
Specs: Aluminium or steel frame, 26″ or 28″ hand-built wheels, Shimano Deore XT components, space for 4 water bottles and a choice of colours are all standard. There are many possibilities to add extras, including a Rohloff Hub and a belt drive, as well as the usual racks and saddles, or keep the price low by forgoing these things.
Who has used it: Ivana and Harry, James Bowthorpe, Cass Gilbert
Upsides: Excellent reputation for quality and service. Tried and tested by many cyclists.
Downsides: Not yet widely distributed outside of Europe. The website is only partially translated into English so you may have to email for more info (they do speak English at the company).
For more information: Santos Website