We've tested a zillion* products on road.cc over the past year and now it's time to pick the very best of them.
We've already revealed our Bike of the Year 2018/19, and we ran the road.cc Tech Team's favourite cycling products of 2018 just after Christmas, where we each picked three products that stood out in the memory.
Now, though, it's time to take a systematic look at the outstanding components, accessories and clothing.
As with bikes, for a product to be considered we must have reviewed it on road.cc over the past 12 months.
We collate a table of all the products that scored highly in each category, then our team check through all the reviews again before discussing, debating and arguing about which ones should make our final list. Sometimes the selection is pretty straightforward, sometimes it isn't.
Products that make our final list have to be outstanding. They must have impressed us in terms of design, build quality, performance and, in some cases, innovation. If you’re in the market for a few extra special upgrades for you and your bike this year, check out our articles over the next three days:
• Wednesday, 23rd January: Best Cycling Clothing 2018/19
• Thursday, 24th January: Best Cycling Components 2018/19
• Friday, 25th January: Best Cycling Accessories 2018/19
The articles will link to our original reviews so you can get more information on the products that interest you. We're also including a buying link for each product, sometimes for prices lower than RRP. Much of last summer's clothing is still available, for example, now at discounted prices, so you might be able to bag yourself a bargain.
Stay tuned to road.cc over the rest of the week...
* Possibly more.
Mat has been 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.