What makes it special is the sheer elegance of the design, which is at once beautiful and utilitarian – claimed frame weight is just 815g.
BMC arguably popularised dropped seatstays, a design that engineers love because it’s a simple yet effective way to add some squish to the back of your road bike.
They’re used to great effect here, while huge main tubes and burly chainstays deliver obscene amounts of stiffness.
The Integrated Cockpit System runs cables and hydraulic hoses through the stem for the cleanest possible look, while the seat clamp is equally stealthy.
Top spec models get Shimano’s latest and greatest Dura-Ace R9170 groupset, which means Di2 electronic shifting and hydraulic brakes.
Sound super to you?
The Wilier Cento10NDR is a fresh take on the squishy superbike
Italian brand Wilier is the latest manufacturer to stick suspension on a road bike, and the result is the marvellous Cento10NDR.
Wilier has added bump absorption to the rear end using what it calls ‘Actiflex’. The seatstays are connected to the seat tube via an alloy linkage which allows them a few millimetres of movement, cushioned by an elastomer.
It’s claimed to be 45 seconds faster over 10km than the competition’s lightweight bikes, the equivalent of swapping from box section alloy rims to deep section carbons.
More to the point, just look at it! In Ultralight guise with posh ee brakes and Dura-Ace Di2, it weighs just 6.2kg. Just don’t ask about the price.
Scott Foil Premium Disc
The Scott Foil Premium Disc is one of many aero bikes that’s been given the disc treatment
Adding discs to aero bikes has been something of a theme for 2018, and the Scott Foil Premium is another machine to have sprouted rotors.
Scott set out to make sure that the Foil Premium Disc was just as slippery in the wind tunnel as its rim brake sibling. That meant adding a funky shroud at the fork dropouts to smooth airflow past that lumpy brake caliper.
The cockpit is a one-piece carbon thing that looks absolutely amazing at the cafe stop, and saves you the bother of changing stem lengths or making minor adjustments to bar angle. Because you can’t.
With Dura-Ace R9170 and Zipp 303 NSW wheels the pictured example is a dream spec bike that will crush KOMs and wallets alike.
Storck Aernario.2 Signature
The Storck Aernario.2 Signature is what happens when you throw budget constraints out of the window
Does price alone bestow superbike status? If it does, then the Storck Aernario.2 Signature definitely qualifies.
This 15,000 Euro machine is limited to just 53 examples in honour of Storck founder Marcus’ 53rd birthday.
That kind of cash gets you a frame, fork and headset combination that weighs less than a kilo combined.
Along with SRAM eTap wireless shifting, it’s built up with a no-holds-barred laundry list of weight weenie bling, including THM Fibula brakes and carbon cranks, plus a saddle that’s completely devoid of padding.
The complete bike comes in at under five and a half kilos. If you’re struggling to imagine how much that is, picture five and a half one kilo bags of sugar. You’re welcome.
Matthew is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Trek's lovely aluminium Emonda ALR and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.