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Road bikes 2020: The best drop-bar bikes for the upcoming season

August 30, 2019
Road bikes 2020: The best drop-bar bikes for the upcoming season

Road bikes 2020: We have all the news

With the newest trends are already apparent for the upcoming season, we check out the most exciting drop bar models for the year to come. It's clear that the all-rounder machine is back in fashion with many of the major brands releasing new or updated models in this category. Aero is also hot with aero bikes getting more aero and other bikes from endurance to gravel also getting the aerodynamic treatment. Fatter tyres are also in with Gravel and endurance machines being debuted by a number of key brands. We highlight all the newest tech below and don't forget to check back over the coming weeks as new models are added upon release.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo

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The SuperSix Evo was completely re-designed for the 2020 model year. Aiming to leave the competition far behind Cannondale's secret recipe: more aero, more power, less weight. New truncated Aero tube profiles are designed to drastically reduce air resistance without sacrificing ride comfort. In independent wind tunnel tests, the SuperSix Evo 2020 has outperformed it's main competitiors in this category the S-Works Tarmac and a Trek Emonda SLR. Cannondale even claims that the new S6 is as aerodynamic as a Scott Foil; a fully fledged aero bike. Incidentally, the new Supersix EVO is also the lightest road bike equipped with disc brakes that the American brand have ever produced. For the components, as with the SystemSix, the new, in-house KNØT components add further aerodynamic advantages. The new supersix also features the established SAVE micro-suspension, up to 30mm tire clearance and the System Bar handlebar (for higher priced models). Prices for the new SuperSix Evo range from € 2,800 and €10,500.

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BMC Roadmachine

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When it was launched in 2017, the Roadmachine was a true trendsetter. For 2020 many manufacturers are pushing the "all-in-one road bike" and BMC follow suit accordingly. BMC stated that their aim with the redesigned Roadmachine was to achieve "the perfect balance of stiffness, balance and vertical compliance". With a weight of 900 grams, the frame should offer more comfort, higher stiffness and improved power transmission than the previous generation. The integrated cockpit is the most eye-catching feature of the new bike which in addition to the clean look also offers complete adjustment of the handlebar position using a proprietary spacer system. Larger tire clearance allows for the mounting of Gravel tires, while seven build options provide the perfect choice for all tastes and budgets. Prices range from €2,999 to €10,499.

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Specialized Roubaix

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The new Roubaix 2020 is pitched to be the most advanced racing bike in the country; lighter than the Venge, more aerodynamic than the Tarmac and of course a lot more comfortable than its predecessor. The frame was designed according to the Rider-First principles to deliver the perfect balance of aerodynamics, comfort and rigidity across all frame sizes. The frame tips the scale at 900g and offers tire clearance up to a width of 33mm. The new pavé seat post with D-shaped design and additional flex in the upper half of the support complete the comfort package. The heart of the new Roubaix is ​​the improved Future Shock 2.0 system. The under-stem suspension system provides 20mm vertical compliance and now uses a hydraulic suspension damping system to control the spring. Easy adjustment of the "damper" can be made using a dial that doubles as a stem top cap. The top model S-Works Roubaix SRAM Red ETAP AXS comes to €11,199 while the entry Roubaix Sport for €2,299.

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Trek Crockett Disc

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If you are looking for an affordably-priced all-rounder with cyclocross and gravel ambitions, the new Trek Crockett is worth a look. Based on the carbon Boone cyclocross bike, the new frame is made from the company's own alpha-aluminum and painted weighs just over 1.3 kilograms. Thanks to the high-quality Invisible Weld process, the look is reminiscent of much more expensive carbon frames. The geometry was adopted from the Boone and further developed with input from cyclocross legend Katie Compton. Despite being designed specifically for cyclocross racing, the new Crocket also does well for commuter and gravel applications with clearance for up to 38c and hidden rack and fender mounts. The Crocket will be available in two builds starting at just €1499 for the sram apex specced bike.

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Cannondale CAAD13

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Faster, smoother, more comfortable, and more versatile than anything before is what Cannondale say about the new CAAD13; the latest evolution of the cult aluminum road platform. The Caad13 brings aluminium construction technology to a whole new level and aims to compete with carbon framed counterparts but at a more attainable price offering increased durability. While new tubing profiles reduce wind resistance by up to 30%, dropped seatstays and integrated seat clamp create a significant increase in comfort. Other features include internal cable routing, clearance for up to 30mm tyres , speed-release thru axles and an adjustable bottle cage mounts. The new CAAD13 starts from just €1,799 for the Shimano 105 rim-brake equipped model.

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Cube Litening C: 68 X

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Until recently an aero road bike was one of the few models missing from Cube's extensive range. That changes for 2020 with the new Cube Litening C: 68X, which was presented in time for this year's Tour de France. The new Litening has nothing in common with it's more conservative predecessor, everything is new: From the frame geometry to component choice. Drag reducing tube profiles and integrated handlebar/stem in combination with low-mounted seatstays provide a total saving of 30 watts in the wind tunnel. There are four build levels, ranging from the Litening C: 68 Pro for €3,999 to the top model Litening C: 68 SLT equipped with SRAM Red eTap AXS €7,499. All models are equipped with electric shifting systems and disc brakes which is definitely a forward thinking approach.

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Orbea Orca Aero

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At an initial glance there is not much to say about the new Orbea Orca Aero. However the Spaniards have focused on the little details and improvements to make their Aero racer even faster. The shape of the fork blades has been aerodynamically optimised, resulting in a better air flow between the tire and the fork. The tube profiles of the frame have also been streamlined to produce further aerodynamic advantage. In addition, the seat post can be adjusted with two set-back mounting positions to alter the riders seating position. In addition, the Orca Aero is now available in the MyO program - each bike can be completely personalised with a configurator. There will be four rim brake models starting from €2,999 and seven models with disc brakes starting at €3,399.

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Giant Contend SL Disc & AR Disc

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The all-rounder for everyone: The Giant Contend platform has been completely redesigned for the coming model year 2020 and now comes in two configurations. The Giant Contend SL Disc is a pure street racer at a reasonable price, whose new frame is made from Giant's own ALUXX SL aluminium with a completely new hydroformed profile. Known from Giant's higher-end racing bikes, Contend 2020 has been given the D-Fuse seat tube for more comfort and less weight. Also new: An improved thru-axle system with quick release, flat-mount disc brakes (on all models) and increased tire clearance. The Giant Content AR is the more versatile bike compared to the SL and swallows tires up to 38mm wide, to deliver maximum performance even on uneven terrain. The AR is also the choice for adventurers who aren't afraid of the occasional foray off-road.

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BMC URS / UnReStricted

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URS is derived from UnReStricted and is the name the Swiss brand uses to describe a bike destined for boundless adventure. The developers have created a completely new platform, which is clearly different from the company's flagship Roadmachine. The URS was given a Gravel+ geometry that provides precise and controlled handling on and off-road. The frame is made of carbon and weighs just 1050 grams. Up to 47mm tire clearance with 650b wheels is possible, in addition to the carbon fork, a Fox 32 SC SX fork can be installed. The URS is also dropper post compatible. The URS Two and URS Three models are also the first 2020 models to come standard with the brand new Shimano GRX Gravel Group. The top model relies on a mix of SRAM Red eTap AXS and SRAM Eagle AXS, while the URS Four is outfitted with a Sram Apex 1x11 groupset.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon

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Just a year after the launch of the new Gravel series Topstone Cannondale pushes a carbon version that adds more innovation to the already popular Topstone range. Instead of simply transforming the existing aluminum frame into a lighter carbon frame, Cannondale has taken deep into the bag of tricks and developed a revolutionary suspension system for racing bikes with the king-pin suspension. This works via a bearing on the rear, which decouples the seat tube from the seatstays. Furthermore, the carbon fibers of the frame are arranged so that the actually rigid frame can develop a high flex - up to 3cm "travel" in the rear triangle, according to Cannondale. Despite having in-built compliance the rest of the frame remains stiff and responsive where it counts. The new frame made of carbon is based on the Synapse and has versatile mounting options for bottle cages, top tube bag, fenders and a front luggage rack. There's clearance for 40mm tyres for those running 700c wheels while a 48mm tyre will work on 650b wheels.

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Bianchi Infinito XE

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The new Infinito XE is the Italian brand's latest carbon framed Endurance Road Bike now equipped with disc brakes. The XE sit's just below the range topping Infinito CV and replaces the Intenso as the more affordable endurance option in Bianchi's range. With XE standing for "Xtra Endurance" the new bike should appeal to ambitious Gran fondo riders with its increased tire clearance and updated geometry designed to balance comfort and speed over longer distances. The revised frame comes thru axles and flat-mount disc brakes. Like several other brands, a D-shaped seat post is utilised by Bianchi to add compliance and comfort to the rear of the bike. An integrated stem adds a sleek and civilised cockpit set up while internal cable routing keep things neat neat and tidy throughout. The Infinito XE will be available in two variants. With Shimano 105 Disc equipped bike coming in at €2,849 and the Ultegra model available for €3,199.

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