Here at Cycling Weekly we get to ride hundreds of bikes each year, everything from £250 hybrid commuters to £12,000 super bikes, all of which have their merits, so narrowing them down to decide on our 2017 Bike of the Year has been no easy task.
To allow every bike to shine its own way, and to make it easier for you to find your next new bike, not only have we given an overall winner, but we have also split our Bike of the Year award into five categories: best aero bike, best endurance bike, best value bike, best disc brake road bike, and best women’s bike.
However, there can there can only be one overall winner: a bike that not only stands out in its own category, but is fantastic however and wherever you choose to ride it…
Overall Winner: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0
Our Bike of the Year for 2017 is the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0.
The Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 is a bike that ticks all the boxes you will want from your next bike.
At just 6.8kg, it sits plum on the UCI’s weight limit, an attribute that makes it an excellent climbing bike, helping you fly up hills like Nairo Quintana or Alberto Contador.
However it also manages to excel on the flats and descents. The tubes have a subtle D-shaped profile to improve aerodynamics, while lowering the seat clamp down the seat tube helps to improve comfort, and the shortish wheelbase makes for sharp handling.
The price is also spot-on, with your £2,999 getting you a pro-level frame equipped with the exceptional Shimano Ultegra groupset and Mavic Ksyrium Pro Exalith SL wheels.
Best Aero Bike: Planet X EC-130E
Our Aero Bike of the Year for 2017 is the Planet X EC-130E.
The Planet X EC-130E might not be the most technologically advanced aero bike, but it manages to combine speed with practicality in an impressive package.
In what is perhaps a display for sensible northern design, Planet X has decided to position the brakes in their normal places at the front the fork and the rear of the seatstays, and hasn’t gone over the top with the internal cable routing.
Add into the mix the supremely stiff bottom bracket and sharp front end that makes the EC-130E a great race bike, which is also easy to maintain, clean, and live with.
Best Endurance Bike: Specialized Roubaix Expert
Our Endurance Bike of the Year for 2017 is the Specialized Roubaix Expert.
The Specialized Roubaix comes with front suspension technology that might be easy to dismiss as a gimmick, but really isn’t.
The suspension built into the steerer tube does a great job of improving comfort on really rough surfaces, and also helps to improve handling, as the tyre spends more time in contact with the tarmac around bumpy surfaces.
It also doesn’t impede your sprinting and climbing even as you pull up and down on the bars when out of the saddle, and the bike’s weight is impressive for an endurance bike too.
Best Value Bike: B’Twin Triban 540
Our Best Value Bike of the Year for 2017 is the B’Twin Triban 540.
B’Twin took this prize last year, and things have got even better in 2017, with the Triban 540 offering Shimano 105 shifting for only £650.
Considering the bargain basement price, we were expecting a bargain basement frame and wheels too, but what you get is nothing of the sort.
Don’t be put off by not having a carbon frame, as the aluminium Triban frame offers impressive performance and comfort, and the Mavic Aksium wheels are more often seen on bikes costing twice as much.
Best Disc Brake Bike: BMC Roadmachine RM02
Our Best Disc Brake Bike of the Year for 2017 is the BMC Roadmachine RM02.
Disc brakes have long been synonymous with endurance bikes, but BMC has taken them in a different direction with its new Roadmachine, a seriously impressive all-rounder.
The Roadmachine has been designed from the ground up to be a disc brake bike, and that really shows out on the road, where it is stable under braking, letting you attacks corners and descents.
It also offers a relatively low overall weight and a fast, stiff, and comfortable ride that makes it a great all-rounder for those making the conversion from rim brakes.
Best Women’s Bike: Cannondale SuperSix EVO
Our Women’s Bike of the Year for 2017 is the Cannondale SuperSix EVO.
The SuperSix has plenty of pedigree, and this latest model is better than ever with a new carbon lay-up making the frame stiffer and better to ride, while also reducing overall weight.
This is a bike that is great fun to ride, with a stiff asymmetric BB30a bottom bracket that really responds when you chose to put the hammer down.
The slender seat tube and seatstays also help to improve comfort, and the redesign fork means there is enough space for 28mm tyres. Finally the women’s specific saddle and bars mean it’s ready to ride straight out of the box.
Thanks to Volta Pro Tours and Daniela Reis for their help with filming. If you’d like to know more about our filming trip in Portugal and find out how you can ride in these spectacular locations, read the behind the scenes look at our shoot.