Bike of the Year 2016: top three road bikes under £1,500 / $2,100

Two alloy-framed bikes and one carbon – but which is best?

Here we go, the contenders for Bike of the Year under £1,500 (US$2,100) as decreed by our brethren at Cycling Plus magazine. Join us as we continue the search for this year’s best road bike…

Bike of the year 2016: top three road bikes under £1,500

So which three models have the judges decided deserve to be in the final for this year’s Bike of the Year under £1,500 (US$2,100)?

  • Cannondale CAAD12 105: After some growing competition, Cannondale has re-entered the alloy battlefield with the CAAD12. In fact, it’s such an advancement in terms of the firm does with alloy that after, the CAAD10, it skipped the CAAD11 model. A nice level of compliance comes courtesy of a slimmer seatpost and superlight full-carbon fork from the EVO.
  • Cube Attain GTC Pro: This carbon-framed model is new for 2016, but shares many of its design features with the higher-end Agree model. These include dropped seatstays, a more exposed seat tube, disc brakes, and thru-axles front and rear. It’s got a beautifully finished frame, plenty of clearance for big tyres, and good spec. It is a little heavier than the two alloy-framed finalists, though.
  • Trek Emonda ALR6: The alloy version of Trek’s ultra light climbing bike does a nice job of emulating the carbon version. It’s made from triple-butted alloy, it’s nicely sculpted and shaped, with plenty of stiffness, decent level of comfort, a modest price, and full Ultegra. It delivers fine handling, fantastic value, a great ride and deserves to be at the top of tree.

And in case you’re interested, the other bikes tested in this category were:

  • Wilier Triestina Montegrappa Disc
  • Vitus Venon VR Disc
  • Trek Emonda ALR6
  • Specialized Smartweld Allez Elite
  • Rose Pro SL
  • Orro Pyro 105 Disc
  • Hoy Alto Irpavi .003
  • Genesis Equilibrium 10 Disc
  • Fuji Transonic Two
  • Cannondale CAAD12 105
  • Forme Hooklow 2
  • Focus Cayo 105
  • Eastway Emitter R4
  • Cube Attain GTC Pro
  • Giant Defy Advanced 2
  • Boardman Team Carbon
  • 13 Bikes Intuition Beta

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