So CyclingTips podcast had a bike of the decade chat . Thought I would pitch something similar here to see what you guys think could be classified as the bike of the decade. Any discipline can be nominated. FYI they said the Salsa Warbird is their bike of the decade
I know this is expensive and I will probably going to get in trouble for this, but my pick would be Pinarello Dogma F8.
It was a first bike that was genuinely suitable for many types of rides and races, from hill climbs and time trials to very long 8+ hours in the saddle.
A do it all race bike adept at climbing and providing aero benefits. A fine choice.
I’m struggling to think of what it could be. A Specialized Allez Sprint comes to mind as well simply because of the price point and capabilities it provides. Then on the opposite side of the spectrum there’s the Trek Madone 9.9 from 2016 which really stepped the up integration and aero design.
Like it or not, Specialized Levo.
Certainly the most influential.
Trying to cast my mind back but, I think it just about squeaks in.
The Cotic Soul (26") would get my vote. A well priced, well built frame and a whole heap of fun to ride.
a vote for the Open U.P. introducing the dropped chainstay design allowing for bigger tires in gravelbikes which many other brands have adopted since
I’d vote for the Giant TCR (I have the advanced pro 2). Bit boring a choice maybe, but it introduced the revolutionary compact design (although that might have been the previous decade already… not sure ), It’s consistently winning bike of the year awards from various Bike magazines. The specs are awesome, and it’s quite a bit cheaper than similarly specced competitors.
I’m suffering from mental overload even trying to contemplate this
My first TCR was in the early 2000’s so its been around a while
Trek Madone for pushing aerodynamics with improved comfort.
On the mountain side, the original Niner Jet 9 RDO was pretty influential in terms of pushing 29" wheel on a modern XC bike.
Cannondale CAAD10. Even just based on the memes about college crit racers
yeah, i think there’s a really good argument to be made for a bike that is accessible, capable, looks exciting, and gets people riding and being healthy and into competition, so the caad10 or the allez sprint are really good choices
conversely you could pick the bike that has won the most visible grand tour a bunch and pick the pinarello f8, that’s also a really good choice!
tbh i’d probably pick a bike share bike though. i’m in chicago and those divvy bikes really got people out and riding around
BMC Roadmachine One 01. I’ve never ridden anything that remotely touches it.
Head says: CAAD10 (loved one, beat it to death in four years and threw it away in Oct due to sweat corrosion and a busted chainstay, but it was a fine bike)
Heart says: Bike of the Decade will always be one of these, in a 57cm, please:
MY personal bike of the decade is my English. It has made a good argument to replace a few of my bikes and the one I reach for most often.
I’d say either the Niner or the bikes that kicked off the long/low/slack trend. I think the Nicolai Geometron or Evil The Following were kind of the pioneers there.
The Boris bike.
It may not be cutting edge tech or have welds which could hang in an art gallery but it’s been a game changer in providing cheap, environmentally friendly and accessible transport.
In the last decade over 73.5 million journeys have been made using one of these cycles.
Evil The Following is definitely a trend setter.