Top Bike Awards 2016

Top Bike Awards 2016

VOTING HAS CLOSED - CHECK OUT THE WINNERS AS VOTED BY YOU

Forget Miramar, airforce jets and fighter pilots – prepare for take-off as BikeExchange unveils the inaugural BikeExchange Top Bike Awards. That’s right, Maverick, we’re talking the best of the best from 2016. From Road Bikes and Mountain Bikes to awesome bike products, these are the babies you've been dreaming about, drooling about, and just want to get hold of. Welcome to the illustrious shortlist.

It’s now up to you - the bike-porn-loving public - to cast your vote by clicking on the share button for your #1 bike and product. Who’s going to take out the competition and be up there on top of the podium?


Top 5 Road Bikes

 Pinarello Dogma F8

Pinarello Dogma F8

The latest edition of the Dogma is stiffer, lighter and more aero than the previous version, making an already brilliant bike, unbelievable. A mind boggling feat when you think that from two years in the professional peloton, the Dogma 65.1 was the most titled bike on the planet, the winner of two Tour de France titles, the World Championship and more than 100 Pro Tour races! Read More

 Cannondale Supersix Evo Black Inc.

Cannondale Supersix Evo Black Inc.

There's one common line that seems to get rolled out whenever a new, cool, fast, sleek, black bike is released... 'If Batman rode a bike, this would be it!'... Well, if his alter ego, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne rode a bike... The Cannondale Supersix Evo Black Inc. Edition would definitely be it! Read More

 Specialized Venge Vias

Specialized Venge Vias

The new Venge has had a huge makeover and is being called the 'fastest road bike ever made' by Specialized. Engineered in the 'WIN' tunnel, the new Venge claims to be as aero as the 'Shiv' and looking at it, who would argue? Read More

 Trek Madone 9

Trek Madone 9

Trek launched their flagship race bike just days before the 2016 Tour de France. The new Madone was described as the 'Ultimate Racing Bike', and did not disappoint. The whole bike has been completely re-engineered, complete with extensive aero features and a combination of technology from the endurance minded Domane and the lightweight Emonda. Read More

 Bianchi Specialissima

Bianchi Specialissima

The name alone of Bianchi's new lightweight bike suggests it should be in the Top 5. Specialissima or 'very special' is up there with the lightest of light frames, weighing in at 780 grams for a 55cm frame! Add to that a 340 gram fork, Campagnolo Super Record groupset, and you have a bike weighing in at under 6kg! Very special indeed. Read More


Top 5 Road Bike Products

 ENVE SES 3.4 Wheelset

ENVE SES 3.4 Wheelset

ENVE wheels have some outstanding performance benefits but we just love them because they are Uber cool! The 3.4 SES clinchers with Chris King 45 hubs are up there with the best all round wheel sets on the market. They are light, strong and aerodynamic. The 3.4 name describes the difference between the rim depths from front to back. The unique design is genius, a shallower and wider front wheel to create stability and a deeper, narrower rear wheel to reduce drag and increase speed. Read More

 Garmin 520

Garmin 520

There are two things that almost every cyclist does at the end of a ride... Stop for a coffee and upload their ride onto Strava. This then sets off the inevitable banter amoungst the group around who did the most work, who won the sprint and who was hiding at the back of the group. Read More

 Specialized Evade Skin Suit

Specialized Evade Skin Suit

When Specialized launched the new Venge Vias it claimed to save an incredible five minutes over a 40km course. The bike alone could not produce those monumental savings, a combination of wheels, tyres, shoes, helmet and skinsuit work together to create the time saving. This figure is enormous and goes to show how much research and development Specialized put into each line item of the new S-Works range. Read More

 Lazer Z1

Lazer Z1

The Lazer Z1 is the helmet choice for Lotto Soudal, regardless of the conditions, thanks to its removable aero shell and feather-light weight. The helmet comes equipped with 31 vents, but they can all be covered up, improving the aerodynamics of the lid with the removable Aero Shell that simple clips into place. This gives you the aerodynamic benefit without the weight and discomfort you would normally associated with an aero helmet. Read More

 Giro Empire SLX

Giro Empire SLX

The Giro Empire SLX is the shoe of choice for American cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney and superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins. That alone probably says everything you need to know about how good and stylish these shoes are! Wiggo has rocked these shoes at Paris Roubaix as well as his hour record breaking ride and subsequent return to the track. Phinney favours the crystal white version while recently Wiggo has chosen the gold version, a colour choice only he could pull off. Read More


Top 5 Mountain Bikes

 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt

With so many amazing bikes to choose from in 2016, you could be forgiven for thinking you need a different bike for every different trail you ride. I know we’d all love a utopian situation where this existed, but for most of us that’s never going to materialise. In the race to build the one ‘do-it-all’ bike, many manufacturers are re-imagining exactly what a rider demands from their trusty steed. Read More

 Cannondale FSI Black Inc.

Cannondale FSI Black Inc.

With one of Australia’s greatest ever sportsmen piloting a Cannondale to success back in the 90’s, it’s no surprise many of us have a secret love affair with their bikes. In recent times, there has been little reason to squash that guilty pleasure and as far as current Cross Country race bikes go, Cannondale’s FSi is right at the top of the tree. Read More

 Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0

Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0

The Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0 has speed coursing through it veins, built from the ground up for racing World Cup Downhill. The Glory has a strong history from Danny Hart’s World Championship win to more recently Marcelo Gutierrez’s three-peat at Whistler Crankworx DH. Read More

 Yeti SB6C

Yeti SB6C

Yeti has long been known for pushing the envelope with innovation when it comes to suspension design. They have given us the likes of Linear Guide Technology on the 303, Switch Link Technology on the previous SB series and have now given us the Switch Infinity Technology on the SB6C. For Yeti to have surpassed its own benchmark enduro bike, the SB66 with the SB6C, you know it is going to be one hell of a bike. Read More

 Specialized S-Works Epic XTR

Specialized S-Works Epic XTR

Cross country mountain bike racing is all about power and precision, how fast the rider can get up the hill and then how fast they can go back down to do it all again. So when it comes to the weapon of choice for cross country racing the bike must provide sublime pedalling efficiency and handle descending with aplomb. Exceeding these criteria in every area is the S-Works Epic XTR. Read More


Top 5 Mountain Bike Products

 Bell Super 2R

Bell Super 2R

If ever there was a product that has slid perfectly into its niche market, it would have to be the Bell Super 2R. Such has been the popularity of this versatile helmet, rival brands have since been scrambling to release their own version to desperately claw back the enduro crowd. Read More

 GoPro Hero

GoPro Hero

Point of View footage has changed the way we watch mountain biking. Where would we be without Claudio Caluori’s downhill World Cup course previews? Aaron Gwin’s footage ripping apart any track on which he rides? The onboard footage of Nino Schurter vs Julien Absalon, or just reliving your mates crash over and over again? GoPro has been at the forefront of this revolution and with the GoPro Hero4 Session, the revolution continues. Read More

 Shimano XTR Di2

Shimano XTR Di2

When Shimano first gave us a fleeting glimpse of their electronic road groups, we couldn't have been more excited for the potential and eventual carry over to its flagship mountain bike group set. Even though the commercial release of road Di2 was no less than six years ago, the wait has almost certainly been worthwhile. Read More

 Mavic Crossmax XL Pro

Mavic Crossmax XL Pro

When two of the best riders of all time combine with a forward thinking French manufacturer to produce shoes, you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to get something a little bit special. Mavic, Jerome Clementz and Fabien Barel did not disappoint with their efforts. They demanded an enduro racing shoe with the protection and movement of a downhill shoe, whilst giving them the ability to pedal like the best XC racers in the world. Read More

 Fox 36 Forks

Fox 36 Forks

Fox had plenty of ground to make up on the Rock Shox Pike fork that has been on the front of almost every long travel bike over the past two years. They had to bring their name back into the minds of this category’s rider and they simply could not afford a failure. The Fox 36 fork once was the standard in the long travel segment, with ten years passing since they changed the game with their beefy stanchions. Read More


^ Just confirming for those bike-obsessed sticklers among us; we're not necessarily talking bikes that are brand new and completely reinvented in 2016, but rather what we believe are the hottest 2016 models on the market.

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