Each year at the Spring Classics, a motley crew of bikes take on the ancient, savage stone roads of the Rour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Thankfully most of us don’t have to contend with these surfaces, let alone race on them – though the solutions turned to by the pro teams would certainly work well on the cruddy surfaces many of us have to content with in our everyday riding.
Top 5 pro pavé bikes
Which bikes ruled the rough stuff this year? Bringing you pivot points, disc brakes, flexy chainstays, elastomer-based rear suspension and – in a first for the cobbled Classics – an aero winner, we give you the Trek Domane SLR, Merida Scultura Disc, Pinarello Dogma K8-S, S-Works Roubaix SL4 and Scott Foil.