As part of the 2017 Cycling Weekly Bike of the Year awards, we’ve been looking out for the best endurance bike on the market, something that is ideally suited for making those long days in the saddle just that little bit easier.

However we’re not just looking for the most comfortable bike that money can buy, but something that is still fun to ride and also able to cope when it’s time to put the hammer down.

Winner: Specialized Roubaix Expert



Our Endurance Bike of the Year for 2017 is the Specialized Roubaix Expert.

The Specialized Roubaix comes with front suspension technology that might be easy to dismiss as a gimmick, but really isn’t.

The suspension built into the steerer tube does a great job of improving comfort on really rough surfaces, and also helps to improve handling, as the tyre spends more time in contact with the tarmac around bumpy surfaces.

It also doesn’t impede your sprinting and climbing even as you pull up and down on the bars when out of the saddle, and the bike’s weight is impressive for an endurance bike too.

Runner Up: Merida Scultura Disc 6000

merida scultura disc 6000 endurance bike of the year

It may not sit at the top of the Scultura line, but the Scultura Disc 6000 manages to deliver all-day comfort that can still manage to excite.

The comfort is delivered through a clever carbon lay-up rather than revolutionary technology, while descending is surprisingly thrilling considering the fairly relaxed geometry with excellent handling and great braking thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes.

Thanks to Volta Pro Tours and Daniela Reis for their help with filming. If you’d like to know more about our filming trip in Portugal and find out how you can ride in these spectacular locations, read the behind the scenes look at our shoot.

  • Rob Cole

    @FireFiresheps Sheps

    Torayca is a carbon fibre filament manufactured by Japanese company Toray Global. Toray don’t make bike frames, they are a global leader in chemistry which includes carbon frame filament.

    Giant take this filament and manufacture their own carbon fibre cloth in-house in their weave room (very unusual, majority of brands use pre-preg), with their own custom resins so they have full control. They are considered carbon fibre experts for manufacturing on a production scale.

    From public information, they have a sizeable share in Colnago, Giant manufacture everything but the top end C60 which is still hand built in Italy. Pinarellos are actually made in Taiwan by Carbotec out of Japanese Toray pre-preg carbon fibre

  • Firesheps Sheps

    Lmao that old rubbish. Its made by toray and giant dont own that factory but there is a section in the factory that makes pina, scot, trek etc. As for the design all the above do their own R&D so the finished products have bugger all in common. Oh and as for paying more I brought my pina Rokh ultegra for £1475 brand new from halfords
    because i know how and when to buy 😉 oh and to top it all off toray also blend special carbon for the pina dogmas that you’ll never see on a giant 😛

  • Brooke Willson

    And your Pinarello was made in the Giant factory, like Trek and Scott frames. You pay extra for that Italian name, but you don’t get a better bike.

  • nom nom nom. Just as nice as a bowl of cereal.

  • Firesheps Sheps

    A pinarello razha k 105 is a fantastic endurance bike, built from the same mould as the dogma K that sky raced but built using 24 ton high mod carbon instead of 50 ton 😉

  • Seb K

    £3000 . That’s less than a quarter the price of my XC race bike !!!

  • Ed E W

    £2,299 isn’t that bad Jay. Sounds like you’ve been spending too much time at Wal-Mart.

  • Jay Kay

    Anything that cost less than a car…