The Bergamont Sweep 4 is a sporty-looking urban bike with a flat handlebar and hydraulic disc brakes.
It is built around a 6061 aluminium alloy frame with internal cable routing and mounts for mudguards and a rack. The fork is alloy too, and it also has mudguard mounts for all-weather practicality.
We have the 56cm model here with a 58.5cm top tube and a head tube that's pretty short for a bike of this type at 16.5cm. The frame angles are straight off a road bike – you get a 73° head angle and a 74° seat angle across all sizes.
Our bike is fitted with a whole stack of headset spacers and the Syncros FL 2.0 riser bar brings the front end up a further 12mm. You can run the 6° stem either way up, depending on whether you want a ride position that's low and efficient or more upright.
The Sweep 4 is built up with components largely from Shimano's 8-speed Claris groupset. The chainset is a compact which means you get a 50-tooth outer ring and a 34-tooth inner ring.
At the back there's an 11-34-tooth cassette. The two combine to give you some fairly low gears, but not as low as you get on something like the Specialized Sirrus V-brake that we're also reviewing at the moment. That might be an issue for some people lugging a lot of baggage to and from work, for example.
On the flip side, the top-end gears allow you to keep the pressure on when you'd be spinning out downhill with smaller chainrings.
The Sweep 4 is equipped with Shimano's MT200 hydraulic disc brakes acting on 160mm rotors which should provide all the control you need whether out on the open road or riding in traffic.
The Bergamont Sweep 4 is priced £599 and the model we have here weighs 11.34kg (25lb). If you're willing and able to spend £699, the Bergamont Sweep 6 is a similar bike but with a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset, Tiagra being two levels higher than Claris in the Shimano hierarchy.
Right, time to get this bike boxed up and shipped off to reviewer Matt Lamy so expect a full write-up here on road.cc soon.
In the meantime, you can get more info from Bergamont's website.
Mat has in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.