After years of slow evolution in the road bike world, 2015 ushered in a few big trends.
This year we saw aero bikes that delivered that elusive mix of speed and great ride quality. We were swept up in a tidal wave of gravel/adventure/still-don’t-have-a-singular-term-for-them bikes, which in turn celebrate two other big trends in road bikes: disc brakes and wide tires. Finally, 2015 was the year of digital quantification — witness the slew of power meters, cycling computers, integrated heart-rate monitors, fitness tools, etc. — as well as virtual cycling, with Zwift having entered the roadie lexicon.
Here we take a look back at the six big stories of 2015.
Aero road bikes
Cervélo can be credited with the first major aero road bike, dating back to the 2002 Soloist. But Trek and Specialized stole the show this year, with the Madone and the Venge ViAS, with impressive wind-tunnel numbers and equally impressive ride quality. The Madone and the ViAS have very different road manners, the former being eerily smooth and the latter feeling just like a Tarmac.
Scott thoroughly overhauled its Foil this year, ramping up the comfort (hooray!) but tucking the rear brake under the chainstays (boo!). And Cervélo’s latest S5 hit shops this year as well.
Disc brakes on road bikes
Gravel / adventure bikes
Fat is fast: 25mm FTW
The digital, quantified cyclist
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Source: Bike Radar