Our highly coveted Bike of the Year award celebrates its 10 anniversary this year and, as you’ve no doubt come to expect, we’ve pulled out all the stops. For 2018 we’ve tested bikes ranging in price from under a thousand quid, right up to bona fide superbikes that’ll scare your bank manager…
Once again, it’s been a mammoth undertaking for our tech team. Between them Warren, Robin, Aoife and Simon have put thousands of miles on their GPS units, suffered plenty of punctures and put 48 of the latest and best road bikes currently on the market through their paces. From those 48 we’ve crowned both the men’s and women’s Bike of the Year and given accolades to a few other bikes that we think deserve your attention.
Obviously, that’s not all! As well as our mega-test we also bring you a round up of the best crank-based power meters from Quarq, Stages, Praxis, Rotor, Verve and FSA (and advice on how to get the best from them)
Our regular round up of the best new gear includes Giant’s new GPS computer, technologically advanced lace up shoes from Giro, a great value helmet from Ekoi and Bontrager’s latest aero wheels.
Elsewhere we take a look at the ingredients for creating the perfect ride, strap on a mask and see if replicating altitude training at home makes us faster, meet the Cycling Plus readers who’ll be training for the Etape du Tour with Team Alpecin and ride some of the country’s wonderfully quiet lost lanes with author Jack Thurston. Plus every reader gets a free set of exclusive tyre levers to help you fix punctures fast!
It really is a bumper issue! And if you subscribe right now, you not only save 30% on the regular price but get a free Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP Pump worth £55!