The best road bikes on the market for AU$3,400 to AU$4,800
The AU$3,000 to $5,000 price bracket encompasses a range of road bikes from all-day endurance machines to disc-equipped adventure bikes and even aero road bikes.
The bike reviews below were all featured in Cycling Plus magazine's annual Bike of the Year mega test. As the bikes featured here were longlisted, then shortlisted for the title of Bike of the Year, all are high performing, high scoring machines. In fact, out of the 35 bikes on test, five were deserving of top marks.
Here we take a look at that final top-five shoot-out – all spectacular bikes deserving of your cash, but each with a slightly different character, spec or ride quality.
BMC GF01 Disc: overall winner – AU$TBC
Designed to take on the cobbled classics, BMC's GF01 is the Swiss brand's compliant all-day riding machine, but it was the disc version that really impressed our testers.
“The BMC smooths surfaces with hollow, oversized chainstays that kick up towards the dropouts [and] slender vibration-absorbing seatstays. When the roads get twisty, its racing heritage shines through. It basically goes where you point it – no dramas. Fat tyres, wide wheels and excellent disc brakes induce masses of confidence on descents.”
Read the full BMC GF01 Disc review
Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2: best aero road bike – AU$3,799 (exact model not available in Australia for 2016)
Superb ride quality and aerodynamic combine in the sublime Giant Propel range, and this is the pick of the bunch.
Read the full Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2 review
GT Grade Carbon 105 – best debut – AU$3,399 (2016 model price quoted)
The Grade is the most out-there design of the finalists and was created to help you enjoy terrain that a normal road bike couldn't handle. Whether you call it a gravel bike, an adventure bike or a road-cross, these types are here to stay and the Grade's one of the best there is.
Read the full GT Grade Carbon 105 review
Trek Domane 5.2: runner-up – AU$3,999
The further you're riding, or the poorer the road surface (read – anywhere in Britain) the more important ride quality becomes. Thankfully Trek's cobbles-inspired Domane is all about giving you a suppler ride.
Read the full Trek Domane 5.2 review
Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc: runner-up – AU$4,799 (2016 model price quoted)
The rim brake version of the Synapse won Cycling Plus magazine's Bike of the Year award in 2014 and the addition of disc brakes makes it an even more versatile machine.
Read the full Cannondale Synapse Ultegra disc review
You can see all the reviews featured in this massive test here.