Here at Cycle Surgery we pride ourselves on offering the best service, and the best bikes. And we’ve pulled out all the stops for 2017 with our most comprehensive road bike range ever. Here are five of this year's hottest new road rides as picked by Cycle Surgery Bike Buyer Sam Bannister...
Winner of Cycling Plus magazine's esteemed 2017 Bike of the Year award and lauded by Bike Radar as “perhaps the most important bike Specialized has launched to date” - it's fair to say that the Roubaix 2017 has been making waves in the industry. So what’s all the excitement about? Well I’ll tell you: It’s about Future Shock - a revolutionary new front suspension system that improves upon smoothness, speed and performance in one fell swoop; it’s about Specialized’s lightest ever frame with off-the-chart stiffness levels; it’s about extensive testing with custom technology built by McLaren F1; it’s about a Praxis Zayante 50/34T crankset; Shimano Ultegra/105 11-speed shifting; 805 Flat-Mount hydraulic disc brakes and ultra-tough DT R460 Disc wheels. Need I go on? I thought not.
Specialized Roubaix Comp 2017 | Price: £2, 650
Ridden by the likes of Trestina-Southeast’s Fillipo Pozzato, the Wilier Cento10 Air is a professional grade road bike with revolutionary aerodynamics and typically suave Italian design.
Last year marked Wilier’s 110th birthday. They celebrated by tearing up the rule book on aerodynamics and going back to the drawing board to design a frame that does away with traditional concepts. Testing showed that, contrary to popular thinking, wider frame gaps actually increase performance by reducing the build-up of high pressure caused when air is forced to squeeze through a tight gap, and that when it comes to tube profile thinner does not necessarily equal better. The result is the Cento10 Air, a bike so fresh in appearance, so unfamiliar, that it even had Fabian Cancellara looking puzzled on the start line of the Giro d’Italia – “He cannot work out where the Di2 box is hidden!” says Wilier’s international Sales manager Claudio Salommoni.
Integrated expanding bolts on both the stem clamps and custom-made flat-back carbon seatpost further enhance aerodynamic efficiency. While Shimano’s much revered 6800 groupset - described by RoadCC as "as good as a mechanical groupset has ever been" - provides top-end performance across the board, aided by Mavic Cosmic wheels treated with their patented Exalith coating for superior braking performance.
Road bikes don’t get much better than this.
Wilier Cento10 Air 2017 | Price: £4, 999
Aimed at the kind of rider who likes to ride hard, all day long, Orbea’s Avant family of bikes are designed with a relaxed, upright riding position to maximise comfort in the saddle.
In the ongoing pursuit of marginal gains, the Avant’s new and improved 200g lighter 2017 frame is a big tick in the plus column, bringing the total frame weight down to an impressive 990g - on par with many road racing frames. In line with a move towards wider tyres, even on road bikes, the Avant can accommodate most 30C tyres. Flat mounted disk brakes, internal cable routing and an integrated headset compliment a sleek and un-cluttered design and Orbea’s Chain Security Technology gives you peace of mind when riding over bumpy terrain that the chain won’t end up around the bottom bracket. These things alone may not sound like a big deal, but what they add up to is one seriously impressive bike.
The M20 Team Disc 2017 is top-of-the-range and features Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc brakes and shifters, a FSA Gossamer Pro 34x50t crankset, and Mavic Askium Disc Clincher wheelset. Tasty.
Orbea Avant M20 Team Disc 2017 | Price: £2, 399
True to form, Giant have produced another top-class road bike at a price point that massively undersells its spec list, improving upon their already popular Defy Advanced 2 with a 2017 model that features Shimano BR-RS505 hydraulic disk brakes, 12mm front and rear thru-axles for increased brake performance, and ultra-thin, flattened seatstays to help eat up lumps and bumps on the road.
The Defy’s frameset is handcrafted in-house and features Giant’s Advanced Composite carbon frame technology – a notch down from the SL Composite Technology used on some of their more expensive bikes but, in truth, on the road, the performance gap is smaller than you might think.
What really sets the Defy apart from the rest of the field, though, is just how much bike you get for your money: Based on the pioneering geometry of Giant bikes from the late 1990s, the Defy is built with a toptube that slopes downward from the head tube to the seat tube, allowing for smaller front and rear triangles, making the bike lighter, stiffer, and smoother on the road; gearing is handled by Shimano 105 STI 2x11 shifters and mech, which combined with the BR-RS505’s make the world’s most popular groupset, and P-SL 1 tyres laced to PR 2 rims provide a stiff powerbase for explosive sprints.
Giant Defy Advanced 2 2017 | Price: £1, 775
The SuperSix Evo is Cannondale’s flagship race bike range, and the 105 is the range entry-level model.
Although a little heavier than its older brother, the Hi-Mod Dura-Ace1, the 105 delivers the kind of performance that we’ve come to expect from a SuperSix, at less than a third of the cost.