Future's Cycling Plus has named the Storck Scenero its 2011 Bike of the Year.
The Scenero received the accolade after Cycling Plus' 15-strong team of testers was briefed to find a road bike between £1,000 and £2,000 offering the best combination of kit, frame, value for money and versatility. Twenty-five bikes were put through their paces on country lanes, a-roads and b-roads.
The 25 bikes were pared down to four – the Cannondale SuperSix, Raleigh SP Race, Specialized Roubaix and Storck Scenero – before the Storck grabbed the top prize.
At the top of the price bracket, the Stork Scenero has a £1,999.99 SRP, gaining credit from Cycling Plus' test team for its exciting ride, comfort and componentry. The mag said it was: “A classic road bike, albeit a very, very exciting one with a real spark. A bike for fast rides of all lengths and types. A bike that’s more than the sum of its parts. A bike that rewards your efforts and dedication.”
Cycling Plus editor Rob Spedding said of the selection: “Road cycling is more popular than ever and as a result the choice of bikes is becoming ever wider, especially in the price range many of our readers are planning to shop at. It’s hard to find a bad bike if you’re spending more than £1,000 but that just makes the purchasing decision tougher.
"Any of the 25 bikes in our test will make an excellent buy, but the Storck Scenero stood out. It’s just what we look for in a bike – perfect for long days in the saddle, but a ton of fun when you decide to put the hammer down.”
According to a recent Cycling Plus magazine survey, £1,000 to £2,000 is the average amount a road cyclist is planning to spend on their next bike. Issue 247 of Cycling Plus is on sale now.