Bike of the Year 2017: Canyon Endurace AL 6.0 wins Budget Road Bike of the Year

Flawless spec and perfectly judged frame edge out the competition

The Canyon Endurace AL 6.0 has won the Best Budget Road Bike award in our 2017 Bike of the Year testing, one of 11 Bike of the Year categories that represent the culmination of a season's worth of intensive testing. 

This year's awards are a collaboration between BikeRadar, Cycling Plus magazine, What Mountain Bike magazine and Mountain Biking UK (MBUK) magazine, bringing a vast amount of expertise to the process.

The road bike testing was headed up by Cycling Plus, Britain’s leading road cycling magazine, which tested dozens upon dozens of the latest and greatest bikes to find a winner. You can read more about the Budget Road Bike of the Year category in the latest issue — issue 327 — on sale now.

With a nominal budget of £1,000, the Budget Road Bike of the Year featured a shortlist of 10 road bikes ranging in price from £850 to £1,050. A thousand pounds is roughly the amount of money many of us spend on our first serious machine, it's the cut-off for most cycle-to-work schemes in the UK, and it's just enough cash to buy something genuinely excellent.

There were strong performances all round, but the Budget Bike of the Year award came down to a German head-to-head, with Rose and Canyon vying for the win.

An exceptional spec matched to outstanding ride quality is a winning combination
An exceptional spec matched to outstanding ride quality is a winning combination

We appreciated the Endurace's uncomplicated frame and its exceptionally generous spec that includes, among other things, a set of tyres that retail at £100. It's equipped with a full Shimano 105 groupset, along with Mavic Aksium wheels. Most importantly, it's a joy to ride, with a lively and willing personality that comes with a side order of real comfort. 

Rose's Pro SL 2000 is significantly cheaper, arguably more up to date looking thanks to a very slick frame, and perhaps a touch racier, but the Canyon is just such a thoroughly complete package.

It's a little bit lighter than the Rose, it has better tyres, and it's slightly smoother without sacrificing any of the excitement. Even after a 25 percent post-Brexit price increase, the Endurace AL 6.0 is one hell of a bike for the money. 

For full reviews of the other nine contenders, click on the links below:

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Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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