We test bikes all year round here at road.cc and when the year comes to an end we like to dish out some prizes to the bikes that have impressed us most in the road.cc Bike of The Year Awards.
Over the coming days we’ll be revealing our favourite bikes in various categories - culminating with the overall Bike of The Year Awards on Monday.
Bikes we’ve tested in the 2015 calendar year
Bikes that are still available now - the awards are 2015/16 in recognition of the fact that 2016 bikes can start hitting the shops in the middle of 2015. If we tested the 2015 model then their has to be a 2016 version and the spec must at least be as good as the one we tested.
The format for this year’s awards is more or less the same, but again as usual the prizes on offer have changed slightly to reflect the range of bikes we’ve tested. Our first set of awards is a case in point - this year we’ve introduced a Bargain Bike of the Year award in place of last year’s Budget Bike of The Year. The reasoning being (and we like to show our working out for these awards) that though we actually tested more budget bikes (under £500) this year - we also tested bikes at a number of higher price points that we reckoned offered brilliant value for money and that were worth celebrating too.
This year's awards are:
Bargain Bike + Frameset + Kids' Bike
Cyclo-cross bike + Adventure bike +Commuting bike
Superbike Shootout – money no object performance machines
Road Bike of the Year – a new category with our pick of performance bikes costing less then £2,500.
Bike of the Year Top 10!
So, without further ado, let's get this party started.
road.cc Bike of They Year: Bargain bikes, Framesets and Kids Bikes
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.