20 Hot Bikes and 6 Trends for 2013

A sneak peek at the trends and bikes that are set to dominate in 2013… - By Neil Gardiner
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Trend # 6

Endurance bikes gaining momentum, slowly

Two years ago we predicted a rise in popularity for the endurance class – softer ride, long-distance-appropriate ride position. It hasn’t quite come true yet, but we’re still optimistic buyers will acknowledge Cadel Evans’ bike requirements may differ hugely from the rest of ours. ‘Sportif’ bikes aren’t slower than racers; in fact during (say) the Double Century, a rider who’s less fatigued from road vibration is more likely to be quicker on the final few punishing hills. To add to Specialized’s Roubaix and Cannondale’s Synapse, here are a couple more.

Trek Domane
Fabian Cancellara’s disastrous season aside, the guys at Team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek were well equipped for the classics, with real innovation built into this exciting new bike from the Wisconsin company. It’s all about the IsoSpeed hinge that isolates the seat tube from the main triangle, allowing it to bow along its whole length, rather than just at the seatpost. The result is a radically smooth ride, absorbing the vibrations from even the most pocked surfaces. Other tweaks like a slightly slacker head angle and longer wheelbase keep the handling tidy, but out of the saddle, it goes like a rocket. It’s quite remarkable.

BMC Granfondo
Consider the fact that Alessandro Ballan rode this bike to third place in Roubaix this year. While it’s not designed to feel snappy in tight bends like its racier brother (TeamMachine), it’s clearly not any slower. Chainstays are longer, with a tilt upwards towards the dropout (the design feature is carried through with the fork, too), and skinny seatstays join the main triangle low on the seat tube; all to deliver a forgiving ride. It’s still stiff though, with boxy, tapered head tube and stout BB area.


6 Responses to 20 Hot Bikes and 6 Trends for 2013

  1. Grant November 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Why does your site/articles take forever to load. It is one of the few that is consistantly slow.

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      Bicycling November 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Sorry that you’re experiencing issues. Will let your developers know asap.

  2. Eddie November 23, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    With regard to the trend of 27.5 inch wheels becoming more popular: Nice try, you Marketers out there! Now that most people have bought 29ers, you need us to buy something else, so you try and flog a 27.5 inch wheel!

    No way will a 27.5er be faster than a 29er.


    • LesGp December 28, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Very good point Eddie. Always buy buy buy. Aren’t they all just bikes at the end of the day?

  3. LesGp December 28, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Hey I love my 2013 Aspect 920, 29er. Can’t you guys do a shootout for bikes under R10k?

  4. mervin March 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    i have waited for the 650 b and i am not dissapointed,i am riding faster, easier, less effort to get uphill. i only now use my 26er to train on. extremly happy

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