2018 bikes are here and we’re terribly excited about them, but plenty of 2017 bikes are still available. So now’s the time to grab a bargain as the last stock gets cleared out.
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In some cases 2017 models differ only in their paintjob, or have slightly different specs to the current model. Elsewhere they might be the last of a model that’s getting replaced for 2018, but either way there are huge savings to be had.
Add to that a decent set of wheels and Shimano’s ever-dependable 105, and you’ve got a recipe for a downright pleasant cycling experience.
The Expert build gets you a 150mm Pike RC up front, plus SRAM X1 gearing and Spesh’s own dropper.
The 2018 Synapse is an all-new bike, but the previous version is still an all-time great in the world of endurance bikes. If you can see past those lumpy (but very effective) RS505 brake levers, the 2017 Synapse Carbon 105 Disc is a whole lot of bike for the money, ready to put in some big miles in sublime comfort. You’ll have to be quick though — only size 54 remains!
The modern Trek Madone is a frankly absurd machine, taking integrated aero-everything to new heights.
It comes with an absolutely eye-watering price tag at the upper end of the range, but with £3,500 knocked off this 2017 model, it doesn’t seem quite as unattainable.
This spec really is no-holds-barred, with Shimano’s top-end Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Bontrager carbon clinchers.