If you’re looking for some practical advice on the best bikes to buy in 2016 then this is not the page you’re looking for (although our pick of the five most exciting bikes of 2016 might be more up your street). Instead here are some of the world’s sexiest superbikes for your inner eight year old to drool over and pin up on your bedroom wall.
De Rosa SK Pininfarina
We christened the De Rosa SK Pininfarina as the most beautiful bike you’re likely to see this year, and judging from your response on Facebook and Twitter, you certainly seemed to agree. This might be an aero bike, but it’s being described by De Rosa as “the perfect synthesis of style and performance” so aesthetics certainly haven’t been ignored.
UK pricing is yet to be announced, but with Vision Metron 81 wheels that come with coloured decals to match the frame, and a “choice” of Campagnolo Super Record or Super Record EPS groupsets, this bike certainly isn’t going to come cheap
The Colnago V1-r has been around for a few years, but that hasn’t stopped us falling in love with this lime green beauty. Like the De Rosa, this is the culmination of a collaboration between bike and car companies, with Ferrari helping to select the carbon-fibre used in the aero bike.
Only 50 models of this limited edition bike will be produced (ten frames each in green, orange, white, pink, and blue), each costing a cool £9,499, although Campag fans will be disappointed to hear that they will only be available with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.
If there’s one man in cycling that you’d turn to to build an outrageous bike, it’s Mario Cipollini. The latest addition to the top of the Cipollini range is the NK1K, a bike that has all the hallmarks of a pretty serious aero bike with those big old cutouts for the front and rear wheels.
However, what you’re eye is really drawn to is those wheels. The first set produced by new company Fluxos, the thinking behind the shape is that it will use centripetal forces to generate forward momentum. We’ll have to see how this plays out on the road…
Canyon Ultimate CF SL Evo
There are plenty of lightweight bikes on the market, but Canyon is saying that its 4.85 kg Ultimate CF SL Evo is actually as good to ride as the new standard Ultimate that it unveiled back in June. The frame itself is pretty similar, but with weight saved through the use of higher modulus carbon-fibre, titanium screws, and a neat integrated carbon-fibre front derailluer hanger.
This means that the frame weighs in at just 665g, with the top-end finishing kit including SRAM Red groupset, THM Clavicula crankset and Lightweight Meilenstein Oberbayer wheels coming together to form a seriously lightweight machine.
Ax-Lightness VIAL Evo Ultra
However, the Canyon has nothing on the weight of our final bike. Introducing the Ax-Lightness VIAL Evo Ultra, which hits the scales at a staggering 4.4kg. In fact this bike has overtaken the 4.6kg Trek Emonda SLR 10 and the 4.55kg Merida Scultura 9000 LTD to take the title of the world’s lightest production bike.
The frame itself is only 5g lighter than the Canyon at 660g, so it’s the build which really sets this bike apart, with Ax-Lightness U24 tubulars, carbon bars, stem and saddle, and SRAM Red groupset really taking the VIAL Evo Ultra into the stratosphere. Get saving though, as the RRP for this bike is set to be €15,000, or more than £11,000.