After months of testing, many miles in various saddles, and back-to-back riding of the best women’s road bikes available on the market today, the results of the 2018 women’s road bike of the year are finally in!
But there can be only one winner, and the Trek Domane SL6 Women’s bike stole the show by providing the perfect blend of comfort, performance and versatility.
The Trek Domane wins Women’s Road Bike of the Year 2018
The Trek Domane SL 6 Disc Women’s road bike
This hydraulic-disc-brake-equipped bike may be built towards the comfort end of the road-riding spectrum, but it has racing in its DNA and that was evident during the testing.
It may be comfortable, but surprisingly it still feels quick and efficient on the climbs tooRussell Burton / Immediate Media Co
Anna Cipullo was the principle reviewer for this bike, clocking up the miles in the south-west of England, as well as on the hills around San Remo in Italy, and she says of the bike in her review: “When Trek says the Domane offers blistering speed as well comfort and stability, you’d be forgiven for thinking this must be marketing bull, or that something would have to give somewhere, but you’d be wrong. Trek has accomplished the Holy Grail of endurance bikes with the Domane, demonstrating both compliance and power transfer in the frame, and phenomenal climbing to boot.”
To sum up, in Anna’s own words, “It’s not just a great endurance bike or women’s bike for that matter, it’s just a great bike, full stop.”
IsoSpeed decouplers contribute to the incredibly comfortable rideRussell Burton / Immediate Media Co
Completing the list of the top three finalists from this year’s Bike of the Year are the Specialized S-Works Tarmac Women’s and the Canyon Endurace WMN.
Each of these represents exceptional performance in the niche they were designed for.
If you want all-out speed, the S-Works Tarmac Women’s is simply superbOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
If you want out-and-out racing performance and are happy to pay for it, the S-Works Tarmac Women’s race bike is hard to beat. The new, updated unisex-framed Tarmac replaces the Specialized Amira at the Expert and S-Works level.
This carbon-framed beauty is decked out with all the premium kit your heart could desire, for a price tag you’d expect for a top-of-the-line option.
In action, it’s incredibly efficient, light and agile, and hasn’t failed to take the breath away of any of the testers who rode it.
Veering more towards comfort? The Canyon Endurace WMN gives comfort and a feedback-rich ride that’s not fatiguingRussell Burton
Towards the other end of the road-cycling spectrum, the comfort-focused Endurace WMN is a bike our testers were happy riding for hours and hours. While it might not have the plush feeling of the Domane, if you like a little feedback of the non-fatiguing kind when riding, the Endurace WMN delivers.
The frame was updated to a women’s specific geometry in 2017, and comes with the usual women’s specific finishing kit. An interesting feature of this model is the integrated carbon handlebar and stem, designed to reduce weight, add aerodynamic properties and provide additional comfort.
Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and product tester. With 6 years’ experience of reviewing bikes and kit, she’s ridden and rated nearly every women’s road and mountain bike available on the market. She enjoys putting the latest products through their paces, helping riders find the right kit for them and sharing the best advice, hints and tips to help them get the most out of riding.