2021 Field Test: our favourite versatile $4-6k road race bikes

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It’s time to wrap up the findings from our small 2021 Field Test of mid-priced all-rounder road race bikes (but not the whole Field Test!).

As a refresher, this group consisted of the Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc, the Trek Emonda SL 6 Pro and the Canyon Ultimate CF SL 8 Disc. All three aim to be do-it-all performance road bikes that come with claims of high frame stiffness, low weights, aerodynamic benefit and all-day comfort. And they’re intentionally closely comparable in the parts they’re built with, too.

Additionally, we had the highly versatile Cervelo Caledonia Ultegra Di2 as an odd duckling in the bunch.

What we didn’t have was the exhaustive Field Test of all the new and interesting mid-priced all-rounder racers that we’d initially planned. The Covid bike boom got in the way of this, and I’ll include a list of the other road bikes we tried to get in for review.

In any case, so many new versions of these all-rounder bikes have been released over the last 12 months, but most of the attention has focussed on the top-tier offerings. In this Field Test, we wanted to find out how the mid-level of each respective bike performed.

See the full review at:
https://cyclingtips.com/2021/01/2021-field-test-a-discussion-of-the-mid-tier-road-race-bikes

Thanks to https://brightbrewery.com.au/ for hosting us during our conversation.

Music by Epidemic Sound

Includes paid promotion: Our second Field Test was done in partnership with Ride High Country, the tourism and advocacy group responsible for cycling within Victoria’s North East region. We thank them for their support in being able to produce this series.