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We've trawled through nearly 6,000 bikes to find the ones we like the most. And here they are...

Well we've stroked our chins and looked at nearly 6,000 different bike designs, and in the end it's come down to this. 25 designs that made it through the initial cull, then the subsequent weighing-this-one-against-that-one discussions to finally land on the shortlist as the best* of the bunch.

Some people have clearly missed their vocation, getting quite a few designs into the long list, but we've picked 25 different designers for the final cut. And one of these bikes dun gone get made. We'll be opening voting next week so you can pick your favourites.

In the mean time, have a scroll through them and tell us which one you like best. If you want to take the time to tell us that we're a bunch of colour-blind morons that wouldn't know a beautiful bike from a hole in the ground, that's fine too. In fact, we demand it.

*yes, we know yours was better.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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jova54 [653 posts] 2 years ago
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Cue the inevitable; "They can't be the 'best' as mine's not in the list" complaints from all those who didn't get it.

I'm first  4

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rjw [52 posts] 2 years ago
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Was everyone involved colourblind?  1

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shishman [99 posts] 2 years ago
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Looked through the pics twice and mine is still not there

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Darren C [107 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm in!!!  13 13 13
So honoured to see my Giro d'Italia inspired design in the shortlist (number 21, with the pink handlebar tape and Italian colours).

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 2 years ago
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I like mine best  1

The "Citrus Flames" Madone.

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Roberj4 [218 posts] 2 years ago
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No 10 & No 13 look nice but Gareth (No 19) what were you thinking is that day Glo pink?  13

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bici1977 [42 posts] 2 years ago
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Wellll...............  13

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Griffsters [30 posts] 2 years ago
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Bike 11 just oozes understated class  13

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David French [50 posts] 2 years ago
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Alex Gidley your design looks like Christmas  7

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CGT [42 posts] 2 years ago
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That's a lot of bikes with flames on them. Too cool.

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nug8321 [22 posts] 2 years ago
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The 15 year old work experience boys have been kept busy for the last few weeks... "Flames. I like flames".

BITTER.

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nug8321 [22 posts] 2 years ago
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The 15 year old work experience boys have been kept busy for the last few weeks... "Flames. I like flames".

BITTER.

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nug8321 [22 posts] 2 years ago
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The 15 year old work experience boys have been kept busy for the last few weeks... "Flames. I like flames".

BITTER.

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paulskinn1 [11 posts] 2 years ago
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The bike designed by Jamie Watkins, that wouldn't be the same Jamie Watkins who works for Pro Cycling Magazine would it? Just asking.

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Izaak30 [131 posts] 2 years ago
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Darn it! Forgot to enter!

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Surprised that black bikes have made the shortlist. There were loads of those amongst the entries with usually just different variations in the colouring of the Trek logo. Must have been a mare to judge among while considering other entries from people who actually put some thought into their designs. Ooh, black bike with yellow logo, ooh black bike with silver logo, ooh another black bike with grey logo, etc.

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DaveE128 [539 posts] 2 years ago
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Right, so I noticed that loads of those on the shortlist have the deeper section wheels with customisable graphics colours. I couldn't seem to make any bikes fit within the price limit with these wheels. Anyone else find that? Are all the bikes on the shortlist definitely within the budget?  39 26

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 2 years ago
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Not sure some of those wheels keep you under the £3,500 limit or whatever it was either.....has this been checked by the invigilators. I spent a lot of time spec-ing mine despite people just walloping on Dure-Ace Di2 and deep rimmed mavic wheels.....

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neildmoss [291 posts] 2 years ago
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Hopes crushed and dreams of a new career in tatters  20

+1 #9 for standing out.

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DaveE128 [539 posts] 2 years ago
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Seems I wasn't the only one thinking that then!

My designs would have looked so much better with colour-co-ordinated graphics on deep section rims!  3 hehehe

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sneakerfrfeak [101 posts] 2 years ago
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paulskinn wrote:

The bike designed by Jamie Watkins, that wouldn't be the same Jamie Watkins who works for Pro Cycling Magazine would it? Just asking.

You're confusing him with the other Jamie Watkins called Jamie Wilkins.

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sneakerfrfeak [101 posts] 2 years ago
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If I had a gun to my head then it'd be number 14, but I'm left with the expression "you can't polish a turd" ringing in my ears, maybe it was the available colour palette?

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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DaveE128 wrote:

Right, so I noticed that loads of those on the shortlist have the deeper section wheels with customisable graphics colours. I couldn't seem to make any bikes fit within the price limit with these wheels. Anyone else find that? Are all the bikes on the shortlist definitely within the budget?  39 26

The Aura 5 wheelset and Shimano 105 did keep it within budget, at least when I entered initially before deciding I'd rather deck the bike out in a scheme and components that wouldn't force me to stick it on e-bay and buy something I'd actually want to ride. Apparently though, components were not part of the criteria for judging as long as it came in within the £3,200 budget - it was the frame scheme. Looking at the majority of those though, I wish some of the £11,000 designs that had been entered had made the final shortlist, complete with SRM and Aeolus 9 wheels. There was a rather delightful Penny Farthing in there too.

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breezergood [34 posts] 2 years ago
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aww my understated little purple number made the cut, how cool. Looking at it again, i can honestly say i still love it. Good luck everyone.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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christ, some of those are absolutely hideous ...

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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# 15 is a near complete copy of my CAAD10. I appreciate the compliment!

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georgeince [75 posts] 2 years ago
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i think no 18 is my fav...  3

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richdirector [68 posts] 2 years ago
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gareth mathews 19 or Darren Collard 21 (and obviously mine which is mysteriously not there)

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Ed Greenough [14 posts] 2 years ago
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#20 definately the best  16

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dwbeever [51 posts] 2 years ago
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mine not there - no surprise though, as the task was rather like putting a pig in lipstick, as i think the gallery confirms....

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