The prevailing trend in road bikes? Choice. There is literally something for everyone in the latest crop of new roadsters hitting bike shop floors (and internet showrooms) right now. Frame geometry options range from slammed and racey to upright and comfy. Braking comes courtesy of disc brakes, traditional brakes, and direct mount traditional brakes. Shifting is mechanical, electronic, or even electronic and wireless. Paint jobs are stock, custom or somewhere in between. Brand heritage is old and storied or new and still being defined. Most frames are carbon fiber, but alloy, steel and Ti are still holding strong. And of course price runs the full gamut from budget friendly to budget breaking. Here in no particular order are 10 of the most intriguing bikes for 2016.
Orbea Orca Custom
The Orbea Orca race machine carries over from 2015, but the Spanish bike maker is giving riders the chance to make it their own by adding it to the MyO custom program. Start by choosing from one of eight Orca frame models, add in your favorite components, pick from one of 12 paint colors, and then put your name on the top tube. Once you're done sorting all that out (Orbea claims 1.5 million possible combinations) your new bike will arrive in about a month. Additional charge: Nada. Just pick the shop you want it shipped to. | More info: www.orbea.com/ | Why we are intrigued: Custom is cool. Custom for free is even better.
Just the sight of this bike is enough to stop you in a track stand. But it's speed that the Masi Evoluzione is built for. The 2016 version boasts beefed up chainstays and a BB86 bottom bracket for better power transfer, but smaller top and seatstay tubes for added compliance. The bike is built using TeXtreme carbon fiber, which is composite code for light, strong and expensive. Claimed frame weight for a size 56cm is 830 grams. A Shimano Dura Ace build with Ritchie carbon cockpit and Mercury carbon clinchers runs $5980. Other highlights include direct mount brakes that help the bike accommodate up to 28c tires. | More info: www.masibikes.com | Why we are intrigued: That paint job… No blending into the crowd on this bike.
In the U.S. Look has a reputation for making expensive race bikes, but the new 765 is neither. This endurance oriented new-for-2016 offering is constructed using something the French company calls CarboFlax technology, which is a mash-up of carbon fiber and natural linen fibers that's designed to filter road chatter. Claimed frame weight is a modest 1100 grams, cable routing is internal, and geometry is generally more laid back than Look's typical Tour de France-worthy steeds. The top model offered in the U.S. comes with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and runs $4200. | More info: www.lookcycle.com | Why we are intrigued: A bike made in part with linen fiber that increases comfort? We gotta try that.
As the name indicates this is no ordinary Bianchi. It's special, very special. This gorgeous racer from the Italian bike maker has a claimed frame weight of 780 grams, and Bianchi says its new Countervail integrated vibration canceling composite technology eliminates the choppy road feel common in many ultra-lightweight bikes. Not shockingly, all this Italian goodness will cost you: $5,000 for the frame or $14,000 for the pictured Campy Super Record spec'd super bike. | More info: www.bianchi.com | Why we are intrigued: Who wouldn't want to see what a $14,000 ride feels like?
BMC granfondo GF01 Disc
Not only do we love the look of the new coffee-colored BMC granfondo GF01 Disc, but it delivers what we want in terms of spec and design (disc brakes, geometry for the every man). And it can handle a variety of terrain, from butter smooth tarmac to rowdy back-road dirt. The $6000 price tag for Shimano Ultegra Di2 is a little steep. But if it performs the way we think it will, that's a bridge we'd ride across. | More info: www.bmc-switzerland.com | Why we are intrigued: Disc brakes and do-it-all capability - yes, please.
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Wilier GTR SL
This carbon fiber crit race-ready Italian stallion has a claimed frame weight of 990 grams and sells for just $3300 with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain - or you can jump to Ultegra Di2 for $4500. There's also a budget frameset with Shimano 105 for $2200. The GTR's head tube is slightly taller than past race models, meaning you could still ride this bike gran fondo style and not have to visit the chiropractor afterward. | More info: www.wilier.com| Why we're intrigued: Crit race capable - and gran fondo comfy. Sounds like the perfect bike.
For the true weight weenies comes the 2016 Fuji SL, which has a claimed raw frame weight of just 695 grams. That's nearly 20 percent lighter than any bike the Philadelphia-based company has ever produced. The SL utilizes high compaction carbon molding, has as an octagonal downtube of high-tensile strength carbon, injection-molded cable stops, and the frame has only four bonded joints. The more bonding joints you eliminate, the stronger and lighter the frame becomes because redundant material is removed. Not surprisingly all that weight savings will cost you. The 2016 Fuji SL 1.1 with SRAM Red 22 and Reynolds RZR 46 wheelset is a tidy ten grand. | More info: www.fujibikes.com| Why we are intrigued: Strava KoM hunting anyone?
Pinarello Dogma F8 Froomey Edition
You can't actually buy this bike. It belongs to some guy named Chris. But those looking to channel their inner Tour de France-winning self can pick up a carbon/yellow fluo version of the Pinarello F8 frame for $5750. Figure the rest of the components will quickly push the price tag into the five-figure range. No one said being the best was cheap, though. | More info: www.pinarello.com | Why we are intrigued: VAM records on Europe's most famous climbs - let's do this.
BH G7 Disc
Who the heck is BH you ask? Well think of them as Spain's Bianchi. Basque Country-based Beistegui Hermanos has been making bikes since 1909 - and been steed of choice for eight Vuelta a España winners. The new G7 Disc is a mold breaker - aero road with disc brakes. Claimed frame weight is a wispy 900 grams, there's no rider weight limit, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Tech highlights include thru-axles front and rear, flat mount brakes, and a semi-integrated no-cut seat mast. Pricing is $4800 for a Shimano mechanical Ultegra build or $3400 for frame and fork. | More info: www.bhbikes.com | Why we are intrigued: Disc brakes and aero road don't show up in the same sentence very often. If it's as good as advertised it could be a real game changer.
Mario Cipollini doesn't do anything half-way. And that's certainly the case for his bike company's new eye-catching NK1K roadster, which has a claimed frame weight of 1120 grams (or 1150 for disc) and comes in an impressive seven sizes. Billed as an everyman's aero road bike, the NK1K has an 138mm headtube that's taller than your typical race bike, but not old-man-geo lofty. "We didn't want it to be patronizing," is how one Cipollini PR person put it. Thus the integrated headtube spacer cover for a more pro look even if you use a stack of spacers. The seat tube angle is slightly shallower to get your weight in a better spot for climbing (think sliding back in the saddle for more leverage). Like all Cipollini bikes, the NK1K is engineered in Verona, the frame is laid up in Florence, painted in Pisa, and assembled in Padova. Of course all that Made-in-Italy craftsmanship doesn't come cheap. Frame and fork run $6900 | More info: www.mcipollini.com | Why we are intrigued: Because of this video…