The Rondo HVRT CF0, a ‘truly unique road bike’, has won Cycling Plus Magazine’s prestigious Bike of the Year 2019 award for ‘creating a class-leading aero bike with a difference’.
Senior Tech Editor at Cycling Plus, Warren Rossiter praised the bike for being “potentially three bikes in one. The HVRT feels every bit as fast as it should, but flip that fork insert and it becomes less hardcore, more comfortable and more of an all-day cruiser capable of taking on the big endurance rides with ease, but without feeling compromised.
“And that’s not all, try the HVRT with the optional 650b wheels and it becomes a brilliant gravel grinder too. So, the HVRT could be all the bike you’ll ever need.”
Content Director for Cycling Plus and MBUK (Mountain Biking UK), Rob Spedding said, “Our Bike of the Year test is the result of months of hard riding; and the Cycling Plus tech team, led by Senior Tech Editor Warren Rossiter, has decades of bike testing experience. That means if they say a bike deserves to be crowned Bike of the Year it really is special. And the Rondo HVRT CFO really is a special bike!”
The Rondo HVRT CF0 triumphed from a shortlist of 39 bikes following a review process by expert testers over several months to create a top six. The final six bikes were then tested in Yorkshire, riding the roads that will host the UCI World Championships later this year.
The full shortlist:
Overall Winner: Rondo HVRT CF0
Best £1000 Bike: Rose Pro SL 105 £997
‘The Rose Pro SL does everything you want from a great road bike, it climbs brilliantly, has wonderfully balanced handling and the quality of its components are as good as anything you’ll find at this price.’
Best All-Road Bike: Canyon Grail AL 7.0 £1349
‘Canyon’s Grail beat bikes that were more than twice its price, off-road it has all the handling chops you need to conquer the toughest terrain and roughest surfaces and at the same time its on-road manners make sure you get to the dirt smoothly and quickly too.’
Best Women’s Bike: Trek Domane SL6 Disc Women’s £3100
‘Trek’s Domane is quite simply one of the smoothest riding bikes we’ve ever tested. The clever Isospeed front and rear technology ensures that the Domane makes the roughest roads rideable and can conquer everything from cobbles to cols with ease. It’s not just about comfort though as the Domane is a thoroughbred race bike to boot.’
Best Race Bike: Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod DA Di2 £8499
‘Cannondale’s first attempt at an aero bike is a masterstroke, it’s superfast and extraordinarily accomplished in reducing drag. But it’s not all about beating the wind as Cannondale have managed to add simply stunning handling into the mix. It’s one of the most exciting bikes of 2019 and our favourite fast racers’ weapon.’
Best Climbing Bike: Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0 Aero £3249
‘Canyon’s CF SL combines a wonderfully efficient chassis with choice components at a great price, its low weight and aero-stylings make it fast on the flat and a demon in the hills – combine that with stunning wheels and great brakes (for when you’re heading back down) and you have another winner from Canyon.’
Best For Value: Ribble Endurance SL Ultegra Disc £3249
‘Lancashire’s finest Ribble, are in the midst of a real renaissance, they’ve always been masters of value but their new range is their best yet and a match for any brand in the road market. Spearheading the new range is the brilliant Endurance SL; slick, speedy, and buttery smooth to ride all wrapped up with some stunning equipment for the money.’
Best For Comfort: Giant Defy Advanced Pro 0 £4599
‘The new Defy absolutely defines what we look for in an endurance bike, it combines suspension-like suppleness in its clever carbon construction with race-bike-like handling and in its Pro 0 guise it’s built up with top quality kit and even a professional level power meter.’
Best Superbike: Trek Madone SLR 9.0 Disc £10,000
‘When it comes to money-no-object we think that Trek’s glorious Madone is the best around. It combines stunning looks that manage to combine cutting edge aerodynamics with design flourishes that Ferrari would be proud of.’
The Commencal Meta Trail 29 British Edition took gold for Mountain Biking UK’s number one spot for 2019’s Mountain Bike of the Year. The team took 20 of the latest trail bikes and spent three months trialling and testing them, everywhere from the damp, slippery woods of South Wales to the rocky, sun-baked tracks of Finale Ligure, Italy.
The Commencal Meta Trail 29 British Edition emerged victorious, praised it for its ‘top all-round performance’. Technical Editor Tom Marvin described it as an all-round winner. He said, “If you get your kicks from flat-out smash-fests through the rocks, tight and twisty tech or impossibly steep sections, then the Meta TR is the bike for you.”
The Bike of the Year will be profiled in the April issue of Cycling Plus Magazine and Mountain Biking UK, both on sale from March 21st.