Our annual Road Bike of the Year test kicked off in 2009, with bike technology advancing at a breakneck pace as we went through the testing cycle and crowned 13 winners. This year we have a first – our Bike of the Year is a gravel bike.
We are proud to announce that the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is our Bike of the Year for 2022, beating competition from 22 other bikes in five road and gravel bike categories to claim the overall crown.
Produced in conjunction with our sister titles Cycling Plus and MBUK magazines, Bike of the Year is split into separate road and mountain bike tests.
You can read about our Trail, Enduro and E-MTB of the Year category winners for 2022 elsewhere, but here it’s all about the Revolt.
The Giant Revolt is an established name, having originally launched with an aluminum frame in 2013—a time when “gravel bikes” were barely registered. The carbon model arrived in 2015 and has been revamped for 2022 with a lighter, more aggressive frame and adjustable geometry with 53mm tire clearance.
“It’s a bike that captures the gravel zeitgeist by offering performance and versatility in equal measure,” says Warren Rossiter, senior technical writer for BikeRadar and Cycling Plus, who led the team of five testers for 2022. .
The Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is the flagship bike in the Revolt range at £4,999 / $5,200 / €5,509 and sports a Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2 groupset with Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc wheels and 40 Maxxis Receptor tires mm wide.
“It’s not without flaws,” Warren adds. “The tires are best suited to dry conditions, rather than anything wet or loose, but otherwise this model ups the ante with ultra-lightweight carbon wheels and electronic shifting from Shimano’s GRX Di2. “
The best of the rest
In addition to crowning the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 as our overall Bike of the Year, we also announced the winners in each of our road and gravel subcategories.
Performance Bike of the Year – Team Merida Scultura
The Merida Scultura Team is a light and versatile vehicle that offers racy handling, improved aerodynamics and a nearly flawless specification, including a power meter, at an impressive price in today’s market.
Endurance Bike of the Year – Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE
Cannondale has revised the Synapse – a former Bike of the Year winner – for 2022 and this model, with off-road spec and built-in lights, is a bold take on the modern endurance road bike, designed to take you further than ever.
Economy Bike of the Year – Boardman ADV 8.9
That’s two out of two for the Boardman ADV 8.9, which again wins our budget award. It’s a proven leader that once again showed why it’s so versatile, both in performance and value.
Women’s Road Bike of the Year – Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+
Liv is one of the few female-specific bike brands and the Langa is an impressive all-around racing whip that won’t break the bank.
What we tested
We’ve focused the 2022 test on five categories, with a wide variety of performance, endurance, gravel, economy and women’s bikes put through their paces by our Bike of the Year team.
The bikes tested range from £650 to north of £10,000, so there’s something for everyone, whatever your riding style or budget.
Some are the latest releases from household names, with the likes of Trek Domane, BMC Roadmachine and Cannondale Synapse all present and correct, 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 have seen the convergence of aerodynamics and low weight in top level racing bikes. With this in mind, we have concentrated our efforts this year on a single “performance” category.
- Merida Scultura Team (category winner)
- Cervélo R5 Force Disc
- Bianchi Specialissima Dura-Ace Di2
- Scott Addict RC10
- Lapierre Xelius SL 9.0
Endurance Bike of the Year
The advent of road disc brakes has allowed endurance bikes to flourish as truly versatile machines that bridge the gap between road and gravel, and this is reflected in the contenders for Bike of the Year of this year.
- Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE (category winner)
- Trek Domane SL 6 eTap
- BMC Roadmachine X
- Cervélo Caledonia Ultegra Di2
- Bombtrack Audax
Gravel Bike of the Year
‘Gravel’ covers a wide variety of rides, from heavily loaded bike jaunts to multi-day stage 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 Gravel
- Vielo V+1
- Cube NuRoad C:62 Pro
- Cervélo Aspero Rival AXS
Economy Bike of the Year
You don’t need us to tell you that bike prices have skyrocketed over 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.
- Boardman ADV 8.9 (category winner)
- Monyash form 2
- Triban RC 500
- Trek Domane AL 2
- Giant fight 1
Women’s Road Bike of the Year
Despite the huge growth in women’s cycling in recent years, the number of women-specific road bikes on offer has actually declined.
Instead, major bike brands including Specialized and Trek – which previously offered women’s specific bikes – have opted to offer an improved range of unisex bikes, recognizing that there needs to be a greater range of sizes. and adjustments for all genres.
Liv is a notable outlier and has continued to deliver some truly women-specific bikes. These are constructed based on women’s fit data from the framework.
Somewhere in the middle, a number of brands offer a number of women’s specific designs, using a unisex frame of women’s saddles and proportionally sized handlebars, including Cube and, under the Contessa label, Scott.
We stuck with women-specific bikes for the purposes of this test, but it’s worth remembering that female riders are of course not limited to these models.
- Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+ (category winner)
- Contessa Addict RC 15
- Cube Axial WS Course
What we haven’t tested
Bike of the Year is our biggest test 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 the yards hard all winter and into early spring.
But we can’t review everything.
Bike and component shortages have been widely publicized and affect the industry from top to bottom, from brands waiting for a single small part to launch a new bike to test bikes available to the media and, of course, the scramble to buy chains, pad brakes and just about every other consumable part.
We issued over 100 requests for bikes for this year’s road and gravel test, before narrowing down our final selection to 23 bikes.
If there’s a bike you think we should have included, chances are we tried. Some newly released bikes may also have arrived outside of 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 the most comprehensive bike test on the market, and one that covers almost every type of drop bar bike on the market, with prices ranging from £650 to north of five figures. There is something for every taste.
Meet the testers
With over a decade of Bike of the Year experience behind him, BikeRadar Senior Technical Writer Warren Rossiter led the endurance category.
Simon von Bromley
As our head nerd, BikeRadar Senior Technical Writer Simon von Bromley has been tasked with leading the performance category.
Katherine Moore took charge of the women’s category, pitting these top bikes head-to-head to find the best of the pack.
Robin Wilmott and Simon Withers
Two of the most experienced bike reviewers in the business, Robin Wilmott and Simon Withers, shared the testing duties for our budget category.
Previous Bike of the Year winners
With over a decade of Bike of the Year testing under our belts, here’s what the honors roll looks like.
With our thanks to…
Thanks to our sponsors HUUB, Lazer, 100% and Garmin for their support in making the bike of the year.