The Giant Revolt is our Bike of the Year winner for 2022

Our annual Road Bike of the Year test was launched in 2009, with bike technology advancing at a dramatic pace as we cycled through the test cycle and crowned 13 winners. This year we have a first: our Bike of the Year is a gravel bike.

We are proud to announce the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 as our 2022 Bike of the Year, beating the competition from 22 other bikes across five road bike and gravel categories to take the overall crown.

Produced in conjunction with our sister titles, Cycling Plus and MBUK magazines, Bike of the Year is split into separate road and mountain bike tests.

Elsewhere you can read about our trail, enduro and electric MTB Bike of the Year winners for 2022, but here it’s all about the Revolt.

We named a gravel bike our overall Bike of the Year for the first time ever.
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The Giant Revolt is an established name, originally launched with an aluminum frame in 2013 – a time when “gravelbikes” were barely registered. The carbon model arrived in 2015 and was updated for 2022 with a lighter, more aggressive frame and adjustable geometry with room for 53mm tires.

“It’s a bike that captures the unpaved zeitgeist by offering performance and versatility in equal measure,” said Warren Rossiter, senior technical editor for BikeRadar and Cycling Plus, who led the five-member team of 2022 testers.

The Revolt stood out from the 22 other bikes tested.

The Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is the flagship bike in the Revolt range at £4,999 / $5,200 / €5,509 and features a Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2 group with Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc wheels and 40mm wide Maxxis Receptor tires.

“It’s not without flaws,” adds Warren. “The tires are best suited to dry conditions, rather than wet or loose, but otherwise this model ups the ante with superlight carbon wheels and electronic shifting from Shimano’s GRX Di2.”

The best of the rest

In addition to crowning the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 as our overall bike of the year, we also announced winners in each of our road and gravel subcategories.

Performance Bike of the Year – Merida Scultura Team

The Scultura takes first place in our Performance Bike of the Year category.
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The Merida Scultura Team is a lightweight all-rounder that offers snappy handling, improved aerodynamics and a nearly flawless specification, including a power meter, at an impressive price in today’s market.

Endurance Bike of the Year – Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE

The recently updated Synapse really impressed in the Endurance Bike of the Year category.
Russell Burton / Our Media

Cannondale has overhauled the Synapse – a previous Bike of the Year winner – for 2022 and this model, with all-road specs and integrated lighting, is a bold take on the modern endurance race bike, designed to take you further afield than ever before .

Budget Bike of the Year – Boardman ADV 8.9

Boardman has won our Budget Bike of the Year test for the second year in a row.
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It’s two out of two for the Boardman ADV 8.9, which again receives our budget price. This is a proven leader in its class that has once again shown why it is such a strong all-rounder, both in terms of performance and value.

Women’s Road Bike of the Year – Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+

The Liv Langma is one of the few truly women-specific bikes on the market, and it really impressed in testing.
Russell Burton / Our Media

Liv is one of the few women-specific bike brands out there and the Langa is an impressive do-it-all racing whip that won’t break the bank.

What we tested

Tests were conducted in five categories of road and gravel bicycles.
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Despite all that is politically and pandemic going on in the world – and the impact this is having on the bicycle industry – the standard of bicycles being designed, made and mass-produced is incredibly high in terms of usability, performance and innovation.

We focused the 2022 test on five categories, with a wide variety of performance, endurance, gravel, budget and women’s bikes put to the test by our Bike of the Year team.

The bikes tested range from £650 to £10,000, so there’s something for everyone, whatever your riding style or budget.

Some are the latest versions of household names such as the Trek Domane, BMC Roadmachine and Cannondale Synapse which are all in place and correct, while others are brand new bikes for 2022.

Let’s take a closer look at the contenders.

Performance bike of the year

In recent years, we’ve seen the convergence of aerodynamics and low weight in top-level racing bikes. With that in mind, this year we have focused our efforts on a single ‘performance’ category.

  • Merida Scultura Team (category winner)
  • Cervélo R5 disk power
  • White Specialissima Dura-Ace Di2
  • Scott Addict RC10
  • Lapierre Xelius SL 9.0

Endurance bike of the year

The advent of road disc brakes has allowed endurance bikes to blossom as truly versatile machines bridging the gap between road and gravel, and that is reflected in this year’s Bike of the Year contenders.

  • Cannondale Synapse Carbon LTD RLE (Category Winner)
  • Trek Domane SL 6 eTap
  • BMC Road Machine X
  • Cervelo Caledonia Ultegra Di2
  • Bomb track Audax

Gravel bike of the year

Our 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year test also gave us our overall winner.
Russell Burton / Our Media

‘Gravel’ encompasses a huge variety of riding, from heavily loaded bikepacking escapades to multi-day stage races, and that is reflected in the wide spectrum of cycling within this fast-growing category.

  • Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 (category and overall winner)
  • Cinelli Nemo Grind
  • Old V + 1
  • Cube NuRoad C:62 Pro
  • Cervelo Aspero Rival AXS

Budget bike of the year

Don’t tell us bike prices have skyrocketed in recent years, but there are still plenty of affordable options out there. We focused our budget test on bikes between £650 and £1150.

the contenders

  • Boardman ADV 8.9 (category winner)
  • Shape Monyash 2
  • Triban RC 500
  • Pull Domane AL 2
  • Giant Battle 1

Women’s Road Bike of the Year

We stuck to women-specific bikes for this year’s test.
Russell Burton / Our Media

Despite the enormous growth of women’s cycling in recent years, the range of women-specific racing bikes has actually decreased.

Instead, major bike brands including Specialized and Trek – which previously offered women’s-specific bikes – have opted to offer an improved range of unisex bikes, recognizing that there should be a wider range of sizes and fits for all genders. .

Liv is a standout outlier and has continued to offer truly women-specific bikes. These are built based on women’s fit data from the frame.

Somewhere in the middle, a number of brands offer a number of women-specific builds, with a unisex frame constructed with women’s saddles and proportionally sized handlebars, including Cube and, under the Contessa label, Scott.

We stuck to women-specific bikes for this test, but it’s worth reiterating that, of course, female riders aren’t limited to just these models.

  • Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+ (category winner)
  • Contessa Addict RC 15
  • Cube Axial WS Race

What we haven’t tested

Bike of the Year is our biggest test of the year, with 23 road and gravel bikes and 24 mountain bikes. With thousands of miles in the saddle and tens of thousands of words in our reviews, our team is going through the winter and early spring.

But we cannot judge everything.

Shortages of bikes and parts have been well publicized and affect the industry from head to toe, from brands waiting for a single small part to launch a new bike to the test bikes available to the media and, of course, the jostling to buy chains, brake pads and just about any other consumable part.

We made over 100 bike requests for this year’s road and gravel test before bringing back our final roster of 23 bikes.

If there’s a bike you think we should have included, chances are we’ve tried it. Some newly launched bikes may also have arrived outside the testing window to be included or to allow for comparative testing. And of course there is a limit to the number of bikes we can test.

However, the result is the most comprehensive bike test out there, and one that covers almost every type of drop-bar bike on the market, with prices ranging from £650 to north of five figures. There really is something for everyone.

Meet the testers

Warren Rossiter

With more than a decade of Bike of the Year experience behind him, BikeRadar’s senior technical editor, Warren Rossiter, led the endurance category.

Simon von Bromley

As our nerd-in-chief, BikeRadar’s senior technical writer, Simon von Bromley, was charged with leading the performance category.

Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore took the lead in the women’s category and took on these leading bikes to find the best of the bunch.

Robin Wilmott and Simon Withers

Two of the industry’s most seasoned bike reviewers, Robin Wilmott and Simon Withers, shared the testing tasks for our budget category.

Previous Bike of the Year winners

With more than a decade of Bike of the Year testing under our belts, the badge of honor looks like this.

Thanks to…

Thanks to our sponsors HUUB, Lazer, 100% and Garmin for their support in making Bike of the Year possible.

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