2020 is the dawn of a new era. But what’s different now, how has cycling developed over time and why have we essentially ended up where we began? In order to see into the future, let’s take a look behind us. Together, let’s write the story of Year One with this issue.

The Highlights

  • Give me some speed fun – 13 high-carat road bikes tested
  • Top 5 road bike trends of 2020
  • Jordan – The Middle East’s best kept riding secret
  • Rapha’s legacy – The RCC and its devout following
  • Yorkshire Grit – The Restrap story
  • Hang Loose – Racing to the point

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This article is from GRAN FONDO issue #014

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All the bikes in this issue Argon 18 Krypton Pro | Bianchi Infinito CV Disc | BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE | Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura Ace | Canyon Grail AL 7.0 | Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc | FOCUS IZALCO MAX DISC 9.9 | LOOK 795 BLADE RS DISC | OPEN U.P.P.E.R. | Pinarello Dogma F12 Team INEOS Edition | ROSE REVEAL SIX Dura Ace Di2 | Specialized S-Works Roubaix | Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap | VOTEC VRC PRO

What’s this issue got in store?

As we publish this issue, see it as a renewal of our invitation to join us at the heart of cycling and celebrate its best sides. If there’s one thing to take away from these unsettling times, it’s that we all need a moment, every day, that transports us elsewhere, where we can look ahead to the future. Let’s lay the foundations today, together. Year One can start now.

Inside this issue, we’ve put 13 of this year’s most exciting road bikes to test, looking for the most accomplished and most fun all-rounder for you. Check out our Top 5 trends to read about our key takeaways from the test, what unites the bikes and what sets them apart.


Get comfy in ‘The Lab’ as we reveal a range of interesting products and how they have fared over the course of our long-term tests. Then have a scroll through ‘Hype This’ for a glimpse of the absolute must-haves for your next gravel adventure.


UK editor Emmie has a scoop on where to find truly untouched (or rather, unridden) gravel, while Trevor waxes lyrical about the beautiful collision of surfing and riding.


The same Trevor also visited the proudly made in Yorkshire brand Restrap to find out how its founder Nathan made it from his back room to the top of the industry.


And after riding with Rapha’s founder Simon Mottram in Mallorca – where it all began for the London brand – we write about the brand’s legacy and a distinct breed of fashion-conscious clients.

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