2019’s bikes put to the test

2019 looks set to de­liver some dy­namic new bikes. We’ve rounded up the six most ex­cit­ing for this ex­clu­sive test

Cycling Plus - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy Robert Smith

Next year is set to be a big one. It will see the ar­rival of a new era of pol­i­tics as the UK leaves the EU and there’ll be a new ar­rival for the royal fam­ily, but the new ar­rivals we care about most are the bikes. That’s why we’ve rounded up six 2019 bikes that have im­pressed us the most.

First up is Gi­ant’s Defy. The gamechang­ing en­durance bike has al­ways been a favourite. Re­cently, we tested the Pro 0 model in Italy and were blown away by the ride and the value of the pre­mium model, but can the Defy set such a high stan­dard with a more mod­est spec?

Next, it’s Can­non­dale’s first foray into aero road bikes. It’s taken a famed name from the past to la­bel its truly cut­ting-edge aero bike, but how does the in­au­gu­ral Sys­temSix hold up against ri­vals that are al­ready into their third or fourth gen­er­a­tion?

Spe­cial­ized has re­vamped its aero Venge, tak­ing what was a tech­ni­cal marvel that car­ried a weight penalty for aero gains and reinventing it into a lithe, lightweight race bike with all of the aero­dy­nam­ics in­tact.

Or­bea’s de­sign di­rec­tion in re­cent years has taken on a much more tech­ni­cal edge, con­tin­u­ing with the rein­ven­tion of the Orca into a lightweight disc-equipped race bike with im­pres­sive aero­dy­nam­ics.

Cervélo’s aero­dy­namic en­gi­neer­ing is a step be­yond its ri­vals in the S5, so the Cana­dian brand that in­vented the genre could well be set to rev­o­lu­tionise aero bikes once again.

Fi­nally, it’s Trek’s flag­ship Madone SLR9, a bike that com­bines beau­ti­ful lines with stealth-like aero­dy­nam­ics and in­te­grates an ad­justable it­er­a­tion of its Isospeed com­fort sys­tem that set the bar for on-road smooth­ness.

YOUR TESTER War­ren Ros­siter Se­nior tech­ni­cal edi­tor War­ren has rid­den more bikes than just about any other tester around. His Wilt­shire stomp­ing ground gives him ac­cess to a va­ri­ety of test ter­rain, from smooth A-roads to the mil­i­tary tracks of Sal­is­bury Plain.

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