Liv EnviLiv Advanced Pro AXS review - a change of form also means a change of function

The women's specific aero race bike moves away from its previous platform to be reincarnated as an endurance aero race bike

The Liv EnviLiv full bike front side on with a pink background
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Having been a long term fan of the Liv EnviLiv I wonder if I was expecting too much from this latest iteration. Along the way in reworking its geometry into a more endurance focused aero bike it seems to have lost its zing. A shallower front wheel would go a long way to helping the handing, but ideally it all needs to be tilted forward to regain the sense of urgency that the EnviLiv once had.

Reasons to buy
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    A fair price point for the specification on board

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    Small size options (down to XXS)

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    Power meter on board (model depending)

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    Significantly improved cable routing on new model

Reasons to avoid
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    Handling at either slow speeds or in wind

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    Slow to pick up speed and quick to loose it on rises and climbs

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    Wheelset overwhelms rest of ride feel

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It's been 10 years since Liv first launched the EnviLiv aero race bike. It was something of a trail blazer at the time, being the first, and only, women-specific aerodynamic bikes. 

Fast forward a decade and even the best women's specific road bikes are still debating what it means to be female and ride a bike, and some brands still questioning is women's specific geometry still relevant

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.