Cycling Plus Bike of the Year 2013

Follow the countdown of shortlisted bikes on BikeRadar

Next month, Cycling Plus magazine will reveal the best kept secret in road cycling – their 2013 Bike of the Year. To whet your appetite, BikeRadar will be running reviews of some of the contenders every day from now until the mag goes on sale on 1 March.

This year, we’ve got a shortlist of 40 bikes for 2013, ranging from the £1,500 Verenti Insight to the £1,999.99 Scapin Eys. The testing team have focused on bikes in the core £1,500 to £2,000 price range (roughly US$2,350 to US$3,150). However, manufacturers were allowed a bit of leeway if they had a bike that didn't quite fit within those limits but was worthy of contention. 

Our reviewers have been impressed – despite increased component prices we’re continuing to see improved value. The biggest brands have placed serious emphasis on making bikes more competitively priced, to take on models from direct and internet-only companies.

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Shimano’s 105 dominates at this price range, but we’re seeing Ultegra a lot more, and even its electronic cousin makes an appearance. Campagnolo’s slick Centaur Carbon and Veloce hold up the Italian end. And, of course, there’s SRAM with the light, smooth Force.

Mavic are the big name in 2013’s wheel lineup, with the ever popular Aksium range. And it’s good to see Ksyriums making an appearance on some of the best-specced bikes.

To ensure consistency, each contender has been tested by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, on a route through Wiltshire, England. They’ve then been passed on to other members of the team for further trials.

“I thought the 2012 Bike of the Year test was a tough one, but with the standard of bikes at this price improving all the time, 2013 has got even harder,” says Warren. “I’m amazed by how good bikes in this critical price point have become. There isn’t one among the selection of 40 I wouldn’t be happy to own.

“That said, the top five are some of the best riding, best handling and most innovative road bikes ever created. 2013 is simply a great year to be buying a new bike.”

Senior technical editor warren rossiter has put each of this year's contenders through gruelling test rides: senior technical editor warren rossiter has put each of this year's contenders through gruelling test rides
Senior technical editor warren rossiter has put each of this year's contenders through gruelling test rides: senior technical editor warren rossiter has put each of this year's contenders through gruelling test rides

The contenders

Cycling Plus magazine’s 2013 Bike of the Year will be announced in issue 273, on sale Friday 1 March and available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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