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Trek Project One competition: the shortlist

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, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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