I had a pleasant visit to Halfords in Barrow in Furness. First I cycled my Crossfire around town and then over the slag bank which ascends steeply along the side of Walney Channel . This, by the way is a delightful maritime mtb ride with views up to the high Lakeland fells. 'The Slaggy' has been much landscaped and now forms something of a common . Parts are very steep and rugged . At Halfords I had pre-booked a test ride on a Crossfuse and I took it on the same ride that I had just done on my modded-up Crossfire. The Crossfuse is more appealing in the flesh than it appears to me on Halfords photos and is a nice looking bike . It had the standard tyres, of course, as issued rather than my mtb tyres but performed well off-road as well as on tarmac. I returned it inevitably a little muddy and they were very nice about it . My impression was that the Crossfuse had more pull in the motor than mine and a shade better up hill but not by much. The gearing is similar but I did not count the teeth on the cogs . It is definitely a nicer bike but I will not be rushing to change.