Such is the nature of the bike industry, some 2015 model year bikes are here already. And that’s exciting news because across the board — from high-end race bikes to small-wheeled children’s machines — there are some beautiful new pedal-powered products coming our way. We have rounded up a few of the best.
This masterpiece first came to our attention at this autumn’s Eurobike Show – see our report here. An absolute miracle of bike frame engineering, the Trek Emonda is the lightest production road bicycle range, based around a carbon frame that weighs an astonishing 4.5kg (9.9lb).
The best thing is that while the top of the range model — the Emonda SLR 10 — costs an equally breath-taking £11,000, the entry model Emonda S4 is just £1,200. For that you’ll get a full Shimano Tiagra groupset and Bontrager finishing kit. Of course, £1,200 isn’t cheap, but for a taste of truly cutting-edge road cycling, it’s a great deal.
Most of us fondly remember owning a Raleigh bike when we were little, and there’s never been a better time to get your own children hopping aboard a bike from the legendary British marque. When people talk about top-quality children’s bikes often they’re referring to mini-me version of mums’ and dads’ road bikes.
Sure enough, Raleigh has got two beautiful little drop-bar machines — one on 24in wheels, the other on 26in wheels. But if road isn’t what gets them excited, don’t fear: Raleigh has put equal time and effort into creating three excellent mountain bikes — rolling on 20, 24 and 26in wheels — and there’s even two high-quality first pedal bikes on 14 or 16in wheels.
Bosch Nyon technology is available for any manufacturer to use, but we first saw it in action fitted to Cube’s fantastic range of electric bikes. Rather like how modern cars can feature touch-screen controls to work various comfort, navigation or entertainment functions, Bosch’s Nyon system uses a handlebar-mounted 4.3in touch-screen to access a host data.
Not only will it tell you how far you can travel on the remaining charge of your e-bike’s battery, but it’ll also show you the quickest, most e-bike friendly way home with its inbuilt satellite navigation function. Or it will tell you your cadence, your heart rate or your calorie expenditure with its inbuilt personal trainer app. Or it will even sync with your smartphone to alert you to incoming messages. It’s almost hard to remember when bike computers just told you how fast you were riding!
The Rapide line of bikes grew out of Ridgeback’s excellent range and feature British-designed road bikes ideal for the nation’s huge community of sportive or challenge riders. The RL series are lower-cost aluminium machines built around a frame with endurance geometry, while the slightly more expensive RC range have very contemporary carbon frames with details such as internal cable routing.
The RL series begins at £649.99 for the RL1 with Shimano Claris gears and Tektro brakes, while the RC series begins at £1,199.99 for the RC1 with a full Shimano Tiagra groupset. A junior-specific model, the RL26, is available for £399.99.
Remember, if you buy a new bike and want to be covered with Cycleplan’s cycling insurance, we now offer 0% APR on monthly payments.
And to see what we think will be trending in 2015, read our cycle show report.