Some of the Best Bikes for This Year

Whether you are a weekend cyclists or a dedicated cycling commuter, you are sure to need to find the best set of wheels to suit your needs. Here we look at this year’s top bikes across a range of categories so that you can choose the right one to fit in with your preferences.

Best Road Bikes for 2017

The range of top road bikes for this year are suited to all budgets, starting at just £550 right up to £5,000. Some of the best include:

·         Trek 1.1 – an entry level bike that is well constructed and affordably priced at just £550

·         Specialized Roubaix Comp 49 – with attractive styling and a a lightweight frame, this bike also has superbly comfortable handlebars

·         Guru Evolo R – this Canadian, premium bike has been designed to be perfect for racing. The price tag of £3,100 only covers the forks and frame so all other features can be customised yourself for a one of a kind bike.

·         Bianchi Via Nirone 7 – this Italian branded bike is a budget racer aimed at the recreational rider with lightweight forks and frame

Best Folding Bikes

Priced from just under £300 up to £2000, these folding bikes are extremely convenient for touring and for taking on holiday:

·         Brompton S2L – with its 16” wheels, this bike folds up compactly and is a lightweight model

·         Tern Link C7 – affordably priced, this 7-geared design features 20” wheels and an easy folding system

·         Pacfic IF Mode – offering all of the performance of a full size bike, this folding bike has large and stable 26” wheels

·         Dahon Mu Uno – made from aluminium for less weight, this single speed bike is comfortable to ride and low maintenance

Best Hybrid Bikes

A hybrid bike combines the best of a road bike with the performance of a mountain bike.

·         Ridgeback Flight 01 – combining the upright position synonymous with mountains bikes with the slim tyres of a road bike, this bike is very manoeuvrable and solid with disc brakes for extra stopping power

·         Marin San Rafael DS5 – best known for its mountain bikes, the Marin brand also makes quality hybrids like this one with integrated disc brakes, ideal for versatile usage

·         Revolution Belter – this bike has a carbon fibre reinforced rubber belt drive that will never rust or stretch. Fast and affordable, this single speed bike is also lightweight thanks to the aluminium frame

·         Pendleton Somerby – with a step-through frame, comfortable leather sprung saddle and luggage rack, this is the perfect bike for women

Best Mountain Bikes

Perfect for off-roading, these rugged bikes range in price from just £350 up to £6,699 to suit all pockets:

·         Kona Cinder Cone – this responsive bike features an aluminium frameset and hydraulic disc brakes for both on and off-road riding

·         Marin Mount Vision XM7 – with its rear suspension, this model is nimble and powerful enough to tackle hills as well as the highway

·         Pinnacle Cobalt 1 – this versatile entry level bike has suspension forks and is ideal for commuting as well as weekend off-roading

·       Scott Genius 700SL – despite its high price tag, this lightweight carbon framed bike is tough and features larger wheels, full suspension and disc brakes

Best Family Bikes

Ideal for spending quality time with the family, these all-round bikes are ideal for weekend riding:

·         Pashley Princess Sovereign – this elegantly designed, classic bike features mudguards, a skirt guard and even a basket

·         Ridgeback Avenida 6 – perfect for riding along country roads or promenades, this bike has an upright riding position and a suspension seat-post

·         Momentum Open Frame – this open framed bike features a sleek aluminium frame and a comfortable saddle as well as bags of style

·         Real Classic Deluxe – with its appealing retro design, this low maintenance bike features 5 speeds, hub brakes, dynamo driven lights, a comfortable saddle, rear luggage rack and a stepthrough frame

Best Children’s Bikes

If you are looking for the perfect bike for the kids this year, here are some of the top contenders.

·         IslaBikes Beinn 24 – with its excellent construction, this bike features 24 gears for hill riding

·         Trek MT 60 Girl’s – similar to a small mountain bike, this model features re-sized gears and brakes as well as adjustable components for a longer lifespan

·         Carrera Detonate – a full-suspension mountain bike, the Carrera Detonate is aimed at boys aged between 8 and 10 and features 24” wheels, a cool design and disc brakes

·         Specialized Hotwalk – with its strong yet lightweight aluminium frame, this is the perfect starter bike with 12” wheels and sporty tyres