Cycling Plus’s testers whittled down 26 contenders to a shortlist of 5 before determining that should be announced Bike of a Year (Russell Burton)

Next month, Cycling
magazine will exhibit a best kept tip in highway cycling – their 2012 Bike of a Year. To smooth your appetites, we’ll be using reviews of some of a contenders here on BikeRadar any day from now until a mag hits shops on 2 March.

This year, a contrast group have focused on bikes in a core £1,500 to £2,000 cost operation (roughly US$2,350-3,150). However, manufacturers were authorised a bit of space in box they had a bike that didn’t utterly fit within those boundary though they felt was estimable of contention. 

As a result, a 26 shortlisted bikes operation from a £1,399 Pinarello
FP Uno ($ TBC) to a £2,199 Forme Thorpe Comp 1.0 (not accessible in a US). And a reviewers have been impressed. The drip down of record means some bikes in this cost operation now come with Shimano’s electronic Ultegra Di2 transmission or SRAM’s flagship Red groupset, while others use a same CO frames as stream ProTour machines – nonetheless aluminium is by no means obsolete.

At a finish of a day, it’s a float that’s many important, not how good a bike looks on paper. To safeguard consistency, any contender has been tested by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter on an 82-mile track by Wiltshire, England. They’ve afterwards been upheld on to other members of a a group for serve testing.

“Deciding on a Bike of a Year has been a toughest call to date,” says Warren. “There isn’t a broken bike among a 26 we’ve tested. Don’t by any means bonus any of these good bikes, generally if we emporium around in office of a best price.”

The contenders

  • Boardman Team Carbon
  • Cannondale CAAD10
  • Cannondale SuperSix Apex
  • Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 F8 UDi2
  • Cube Agree GTC Race
  • Dedacciai Nerissimo
  • Felt F5
  • Focus Izalco Pro 3.0
  • Forme Thorpe Comp 1.0
  • Ghost Race Lector Comp
  • Giant TCR Advanced 3
  • Lapierre Audacio 700
  • Mekk 4G Primo SI 5.5
  • Onix Aurious
  • Pinarello FP Uno
  • Pinnacle Evaporite Two
  • Planet X RT-57 SRAM Red
  • Raleigh SP Race
  • Ribble Sportive Racing Ultegra
  • Ridley Orion 1204c
  • Rose Xeon RS 3100
  • Scott CR1 Team
  • Specialized Tarmac Elite
  • Trek 3.5 Madone
  • Van Nicholas Mistral Apex
  • Wilier Trestina Izoard XP 105

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