That said, the Cavazzo is most at home on the road, highlighted by the wheelbase that’s minimally longer than a standard Tifosi road machine, while the front end’s only 10mm taller and the reach shortened by just 5mm. These numbers equate to a bike that really hustles along on the tarmac.
The Tiagra drivetrain is set with road gearing, and this good-looking 10-speed number is just as smooth shifting and reliable as its more expensive 105 and Ultegra cousins.
The Shimano cable discs are, sadly, less impressive. The bulky size of the calipers we can live with, but the way the power is delivered feels spongy next to the TRP Spyres and Avids, and in a much lower league than the Polygon’s hydraulics.
We like that Tifosi has specced a shallow-flared bar which enjoys road-bike familiarity but with plenty of wrist clearance when you’re shifting around through twisty off-road terrain.
The tyres occupy the middle ground between dirt and tarmac, Schwalbe’s S-One a hybridbetween the slick One and the aggressive G-One. On the road the S-One’s dimpled tread grips and sticks through corners, and off road they offer enough compliance to avoid pinch punctures. With Schwalbe’s microskin reinforcement they avoid cuts and wear well, too.
Ultimately, on tarmac the Cavazzo proves itself a quick, slick and responsive bike, but when you hit the dirt that stiffness and lack of volume in the tyres means that you end up backing off sooner than you’d like.
You find that bumpy descents and anything approaching rocky has to be handled with far more care than the monster bump-eating Giant Anyroad 1 or the silky-smooth steel of The Light Blue Darwin One.
But that could be horses for courses. If you’re less inclined to take on mountain bike trails and just want a bike that’ll handle the occasional byway, towpath or trail shortcut on your urban and suburban rides, then the Cavazzo is a considered choice.