What a year! In 2018, the bike industry has presented some of the fastest bikes ever. Also, aluminium ain`t dead and gravel ain`t niche anymore. We have summarized the highlights of our GRAN FONDO group tests. Happy reading!
Once again, this year’s group tests have brought exciting results – especially because we have tested the bikes under real conditions and in their natural habitats. Accordingly, we asked ourselves what really makes a great race bike: chasing winning times or enjoying the good times? In our gravel bike group test, we could find out which bike is the perfect gravel all-rounder and which one leads a niche existence. And for those of you wondering what the fastest aluminium and aero race bikes are – we also got you covered.
What’s the best road bike of 2018? – 12 race bikes put to the test
Who builds the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic bike? When it comes to race bikes most brands will try and woe consumers with facts and figures, citing F1 technology and WorldTour podiums as proof of performance. But what really constitutes the best race bike, and how do you truly quantify real-world riding?
For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: What’s the best road bike of 2018? – 12 race bikes put to the test
Best in Test: Specialized S-Works Tarmac 2018
The Specialized S-Works Tarmac 2018 is the fastest racing bike of 2018. The American all-round talent shines in all disciplines and offers a superb overall package. Thanks to the excellent handling qualities and outstanding control in all situations, the Tarmac inspires tons of confidence despite its light construction and ridiculous weight of 6.38 kg. This makes the Tarmac the ultimate racing beast for everyone from beginners to professionals. A well-deserved Best in Test!
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Best Value: Wilier Superleggera SL
The Wilier Superleggera SL is the perfect series bike for those who want an Italian steel frame with a great mix of classic style and modern performance to tackle long-distance rides. With its unique look, the Superleggera stands out in our test field and inspires with outstanding downhill credentials. If you’re not just after fast lap times, but also like having fun, the € 6,600 Superleggera SL will get you loads of style and performance at an interesting price. The Wilier follows a classic motto: “I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.” A well-deserved café racer-style win of the Best Value bike!
Read the full article here: Wilier Superleggera SL