Giant Revolution is the winner of the 2022 Bicycle of the Year award

Our annual road bike test was launched in 2009, with bike technology advancing at an astonishing rate as we passed the test cycle and crowned 13 winners. This year, we have our first bike – our bike of the year is a gravel bike.

We are proud to announce Giant Advanced Revolution Pro 0 As our Bike of the Year 2022, it beat 22 other bikes across five road and gravel bike classes to win the overall crown.

The Bike of the Year was produced alongside sister magazines Cycling Plus and MBUK, and is split into separate road and mountain bike tests.

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We crowned, for the first time ever, a gravel bike as our best overall bike of the year.
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The Giant Revolt is an established name, originally launched with an aluminum frame in 2013 — a time when “gravel bikes” were hardly scored. The Carbon model arrived in 2015 and was revamped for 2022 with a lighter, more aggressive frame and adjustable geometry with clearance for 53mm tires.

“It’s a bike that exemplifies the gravel zeitgeist by offering performance and versatility in equal measure,” says Warren Rossiter, Senior Technical Editor at BikeRadar and Cycling Plus, who led a five-person team of testers for 2022.

The Revolution stood out against 22 other bikes tested.

The Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is the flagship bike in the Revolt range at £4,999 / $5,200 / €5,509 and sports Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2 مجموعة With Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc wheels and 40mm-wide Maxxis Receptor tires.

“It’s not without its flaws,” Warren adds. “The tires are best suited for dry conditions, rather than anything wet or loose, but other than that, this model raises the stakes with ultra-lightweight carbon wheels and Shimano’s GRX Di2 electronic shifting.”

Best of the rest

In addition to crowning the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 as Bike of the Year, we also announced winners in each of the road and gravel subcategories.

Performance Bike of the Year – Team Merida Scultura

The Scultura ranks first in this year’s performance bike category.
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The Merida Scultura Team is a lightweight, multi-level team that offers racy control, improved aerodynamics and near-faulty specs, including a power meter, at an impressive price on the market today.

Endurance Bike of the Year – Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE

The recently updated Synapse really impressed in this year’s endurance bike category.
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Cannondale overhauled a Synapse—former Bike of the Year winner—for 2022 and this model, with all-road specs and integrated lights, is a bold take on modern style. endurance road bikeDesigned to take you further afield than ever before.

Best Budget Bike – Boardman ADV 8.9.1

Boardman has won the budget bike test for the second year in a row.
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It’s two out of two for the Boardman ADV 8.9, which once again took home our budget award. This is a proven class leader who has once again demonstrated why he is a strong and comprehensive manager, both in terms of performance and value.

Women’s Bike of the Year – Leaf Langma Advanced Disc 1+

The Liv Langma is one of the few truly women’s bikes on the market and I really liked it in testing.
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Liv is one of the few brands dedicated to women’s bikes, and the Langa is an impressive racing whip that doesn’t break the bank.

What we tested

Testing was conducted across five classes of road and gravel bikes.
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Despite everything that is happening in the world in political and epidemiological terms – and the detrimental effect it is having on the bicycle industry – the standard for bikes that are designed, built and mass-produced is incredibly high in terms of usability, performance and innovation.

We’ve focused 2022 testing on five classes, with a variety of performance, endurance, gravel, budget, and women’s bikes laid out by our Bike of the Year team.

Prices for bikes being tested range from £650 to £10,000 north, so there is something for everyone, no matter your riding style or budget.

Some are the latest versions of familiar names, with the likes of Trek Domane, BMC Roadmachine and Cannondale Synapse all up and running, while others are all-new bikes for 2022.

Let’s take a closer look at the contenders.

PERFORMANCE BIKE OF THE YEAR

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a convergence of aerodynamics and reduced weight in top-tier racing bikes. With that in mind, this year we focused our efforts on a single “performance” category.

  • Team Merida Scultura (category winner)
  • Cervélo R5 disc power
  • Bianchi Specialisima Dora Ice D2
  • Scott Addict RC10
  • Lapierre Xelius SL 9.0.1 Update

Endurance bike of the year

coming Disc brakes on the road It allowed endurance bikes to thrive as versatile machines that bridge the gap between road and gravel, and this is reflected in this year’s competing bikes.

  • Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE (Class Winner)
  • Trek Domane SL 6 eTap
  • Road Machine BMC X
  • Cervelo Caledonia Ultra D2
  • Bombtrack Audax

gravel bike of the year

The 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year test gave us the winner, too.
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‘Gravel’ covers a wide range of cycling, from heavy-loaded adventure cycling to multi-day races, and this is reflected in the wide range of bikes within this burgeoning category.

  • Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 (category and overall winner)
  • Cinelli Nemo pebbles
  • Vielo V + 1
  • NuRoad Cube C: 62 Pro
  • Cervélo Aspero Rival AXS

Budget bike of the year

You don’t need us to tell you that bike prices have maxed out in the past couple of years, but there are still plenty of affordable options out there. We focused our budget test on bikes between £650 and £1150.

contenders

  • Boardman ADV 8.9 (category winner)
  • Formy moniash 2
  • Triban RC 500
  • Trek Doman AL 2
  • giant containment 1

Women’s road bike of the year

We stuck to the women’s bikes for testing this year.
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Despite the explosive growth in women’s cycling in recent years, the number of women’s road bikes on offer has actually decreased.

Instead, major bike brands including Specialized and Trek — which previously offered women’s bikes — have opted to offer an improved lineup of unisex bikes, acknowledging the need for a greater range of sizes and fit for all genders.

Liv is a notable outback and has continued to offer truly women-specific bikes. These are based on women’s fit data from the frame up.

Somewhere in the middle, a number of brands offer a number of women’s-specific designs, using a unisex frame built with women’s saddles and proportionately sized handlebars, including Cube, and under the Contessa, Scott brand.

We stuck with women’s bikes for the purposes of this test, but it’s worth emphasizing that female riders, of course, aren’t limited to just these models.

  • Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+ (category winner)
  • Contessa Addict RC 15
  • WS . Axial Cube Racing

What we haven’t tested

The Bike of the Year Test is our biggest of the year, covering 23 road and gravel bikes and 24 mountain bikes. With thousands of miles in the saddle, and tens of thousands of words in our reviews, our team puts us through tough yards during winter and early spring.

But we can’t review everything.

Shortage of bikes and components They are well advertised and affect the industry from top to bottom, from brands waiting a small part to launch a new bike to test bikes available to the media, and of course the scramble to buy chains, brake pads and nearly every other consumer part.

We submitted more than 100 bike orders for this year’s road and gravel test, before narrowing down to our final selection of 23 bikes.

If there was a bike that you thought we should have included, we’d probably have tried it. Some of the newly launched bikes may have also come outside the testing window to be included or allow for comparative testing. And of course, there is a limit to the number of bikes we can test.

The result, however, is our most comprehensive bike test, one that spans nearly every type of bike on the market, with prices ranging from £650 north of five figures. There really is something for everyone.

Meet the testers

Warren Rossiter

With over ten years of Bike of the Year experience behind him, he was the Senior Technical Editor at BikeRadar, Warren Rossiterat the top of the endurance category.

Simon von Bromley

As Head Nerd, Senior Technical Writer at BikeRadar, Simon von Bromleywas assigned to head the performance category.

Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore He took charge of the women’s class, pitting these pioneering bikes head-on to find the best of the bunch.

Robin Willmott and Simon Weathers

Two of the most experienced bike reviewers in the field, Robin Willmott And Simon WithersCommon test duties for our budget category.

Previous Bicycle of the Year winners

With over a decade of Bike of the Year testing under our belts, here’s what the Honor Roll looks like.

With thanks …

Thanks to our sponsors HUUBAnd laserAnd 100% And Garmin To support them in making Bike of the Year happen.