Bike Lust: Best New Bikes for 2016
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or looking to get started, we all need some inspiration to get us back on the saddle after Christmas. Luckily, this selection of new bikes for 2016 may be just the thing to get you motivated…
1. Cervelo R3 Disc
The new Cervelo RS Disc carries many admirable features of the old version, but this time designed to handle the typical strains of disc brakes. Its seatstays are the same length but angled out more in order to accommodate the wider rear hub. It’s also graced with lively, sharp handling and a custom FSA SL-K crankset chain, which is the same short length of 405mm but with a clever 5mm offset.
The front and rear mounts can also both be flipped for the use of 140 or 160mm rotors, giving you full flexibility in your ride.
2. Cannondale Supersix EVO Hi-Mod
The new Supersix has been said to focus primarily on ride quality, according to its creators – making it a refreshing stand-out to a lot of the other designs out there. According to Cycling Weekly, this bike has received an ‘aero makeover’, boasting a slender 25.4 seat post, truncated aero-profile tubing and reduced frontal area.
Impressively, this bike is even lighter than its predecessor, the lightest Black Inc. production model weighing a petite 5.8kg.
3. Canyon Ultimate
The creators of the Canyon Ultimate have described the bike as “engineering perfection”, having made it 7.4 watts more efficient than its older model at 45kph and the new aero cockpit saving an additional 5.5 watts.
The narrower and more tapered front combines with shortened tube sections to create a smoother, more aerodynamic ride, and the new seat clamp also gives a more comfortable experience. This is ideal for boosting your performance and keeping you fresher for longer, according to engineer Sebastian Hofer.
4. Scott Foil
Definitely at the pricier end of the scale, the Scott Foil was unveiled in June 2015 but is likely to be a big hit in 2016. With improvements made in stiffness and aerodynamics, it’s claimed it’ll save you six watts at 45kph, which may not seem like much, until you consider the ride is significantly more comfortable – 89% more comfortable, according to the manufacturer.
Although the standard Scott Foil has enough to be proud of, the more expensive models also come with an elegantly integrated bar and stem.
5. BMC TeamMachine ALR01
Cost: Between £899 and £1599
BMC’s TeamMachine makes the Swiss engineer’s flagship model accessible to those with smaller budgets – just what most of us need. Made of aluminium, the new model retains the traditional road geometry of its carbon-made sister model, but this time with improved stiffness and less weight.
This new look and feel is all down to the bike’s beautifully tapered head tube, asymmetric chainstays and the downtube and toptube which maximize weld surface area.
6. Lapierre Xelius SL
The Lapierre Xelius SL provides a lighter, zipper frame, weighing just 850g and with a lower centre of gravity than the old Xelius. Primarily a race bike, it’s got plenty of ‘give’ and cushioning – just what you’d expect for any long-endurance ride.
The Xelius SL also comes with improved placement of the Di2 battery, for better pedaling efficiency when you need it, and the shorter 405mm chainstays make for better acceleration (and overall more pleasant ride).