Annual Bike of the Year winners announced across Cycling Plus, MBUK and BikeRadar – the best bikes of 2022 revealed!
Our Media’s cycling portfolio – Cycling Plus, Mountain Biking UK and BikeRadar – has announced its highly-anticipated Bike of the Year winners.
After months of vigorous testing, winners in nine categories have been revealed, including overall Road Bike of the Year, Enduro Bike of the Year, Trail Bike of the Year and, new for 2022, eMTB Bike of the Year. Despite continued challenges with bike and component availability in the market, a total of 47 contenders were put through their paces on roads, tracks and trails across the UK.
As well as putting manufacturer claims to the test via independent testing, with Bike of the Year we hope to inspire readers to make their next purchase and the best decision to suit their needs, whether that be a like-for-like of what we’ve tested or lower-priced bikes in model families.
This collaborative effort resulted in the riding of over 9,000km of road and singletrack, and more than 120,000m of climbing and 130,000km of descending, all culminating in the publishing of over 105,000 words – to bring readers the biggest, most comprehensive and authoritative bike test in the cycling calendar.
And, already, audiences across print, online, video and podcasts are engaging very positively with this year’s mega test. After last year’s Road Bike of the Year winner sold out, this year’s winners will be hoping to enjoy the same power and success of Bike of the Year in 2022.
“Bike of the Year 2022 was again a bumper edition, with 23 of the year’s best bikes doing battle to take the coveted awards on offer. Performance, endurance, women’s, gravel, and budget categories were all up for grabs over nearly 50 pages in the main magazine, with the broad array of bikes on test ranging from £650 to £11,206. The result is a brilliant combination of technical expertise; great design, production and imagery; a brilliant showcase of the best bike tech of 2022.”
”The 2022 Bike of the Year test is our biggest ever, with 24 bikes making our final list and fighting it out in three categories – trail, enduro and eMTB. After months of painstaking testing involving multiple riders and locations, we headed to BikePark Wales for a week-long video and photo shoot. This proved the perfect test ground to decide on our final winners, which are revealed in a special 44-page supplement that comes free with the June issue of the mag. Big thanks to everyone involved!”
”Having put 47 of the latest road, gravel and mountain bikes through their paces, our eight-strong team of Bike of the Year testers has filed more than 100,000 words of copy, taken listeners behind the scenes on the podcast and filmed eight videos on location in south Wales, all with the aim of helping our audience decide what’s really worth their hard-earned money in 2022.”
A massive thanks to our sponsors: MET Helmets, Bluegrass Protection and Madison/Pearl Izumi provided all of the MTB kit needed for the photo and video shoots, while access to BikePark Wales helped us get everything tested; for our road and gravel shoots, kit was supplied by HUUB, Lazer and 100%, while Garmin provided the test team with head units for recording test ride data.
The bumper Bike of the Year 2022 editions of Cycling Plus and Mountain Biking UK are available now on newsstands and as digital editions. Full coverage of the winners and contenders also feature on BikeRadar.com, BikeRadar’s YouTube channel and the BikeRadar Podcast.
Full list of winners
- Overall Road Bike of the Year and Gravel Bike of the Year: Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 – £4,999
“The new Revolt’s evolution of a highly successful recipe serves up some of the most fun you can have on a drop-bar bike”
- Trail Bike of the Year: Trek Top Fuel 8 – £3,850
“An absolute hoot to ride on all but the gnarliest tracks, a true trail bike even if on paper it doesn’t look it”
- Enduro Bike of the Year: Nukeproof Giga 297 Carbon Elite – £4,600
“The Giga 297’s balance, geometry and electrifying corner-carving speed are what really help this machine stand out from the crowd”
- eMTB Bike of the Year: Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory – £7,000
“Exceptional performance across a broad range of terrain types makes the Megawatt one of the best electric bikes currently available”
- Endurance Bike of the Year: Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE – £6,750
“A bold and brilliant take on the endurance bike – and an instant all-time classic of the genre”
- Women’s Bike of the Year: Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+ – £3,149
“Comfort meets speed, delivering all-round performance at a great price”
- Performance Bike of the Year: Merida Scultura Team – £8,000
“A true WorldTour-level race bike at an amazing price”
- Budget Bike of the Year: Boardman ADV 8.9 – £1,150
“A proven class-leading all-rounder with superb performance at a great price”
Bike of the Year 2022 in numbers
Road and Gravel Bike of the Year
- Words written: Over 41,000
- Kilometres ridden: More than 6,000km
- Metres ascended: Over 29,000m
- Metres descended: More than 29,000m
Mountain Bike of the Year
- Words written: Over 64,000
- Kilometres ridden: More than 3,000km
- Metres ascended: Over 95,000km
- Metres descended: Over 105,000km
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