Hats off to BMC’s Teammachine SLR03, which takes the victory in this test. Why? Well, we expected a fast ride with its WorldTour DNA but were surprised at the comfort it offered. Over rough roads, the BMC absorbs vibrations very well. The Specialized Allez Elite also scored high in the comfort stakes, its aluminium frame and carbon fork working well to smooth out the bumps. But it’s definitely one for racking up the miles rather than chasing race PBs. Although it’s a wise choice for those lacking flexibility but looking to use tribars. Boardman’s Road Team Carbon needs new tyres and is the least inspiring here visually. So it’s the BMC that takes the honours because… well, it puts a smile on your face with every ride. Yes, you could argue that it’s unfair to its rivals on test here as Evans has permanently dropped its RRP from the £1,500 mark to £1,050, so, strictly speaking, it doesn’t really belong in the £1K class. But to that, we’d say all the more reason to snap one up now.