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Awards honor the year’s best-performing bikes in 11 popular categories
Emmaus, PA (April 16, 2010) – Bicycling magazine announced today the winners of its 2010 Editors’ Choice Awards in the bikes and shorts categories. Bicycling‘s editor-in-chief, Loren Mooney, and test director, Matt Phillips, presented the awards to the 15 winners at Bicycling‘s industry-wide party on April 16th at the Sea Otter Classic, the largest cycling festival in America.
The following bicycles were recognized as the most outstanding product in their category:
|BEST RACE BIKE||Pinarello Dogma 60.1|
|BEST DREAM ROAD BIKE||Guru Photon|
|BEST ENTHUSIAST ROAD BIKE||Focus Izalco Expert|
|BEST PLUSH BIKE||Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3|
|BEST RECREATIONAL ROAD BIKE||Jamis Xenith Comp|
|BEST ENTRY LEVEL ROAD BIKE||Giant Defy 2|
|BEST WOMEN’S ROAD BIKE||Giant TCR Advanced 1W|
|BEST ENTHUSIAST TRIATHLON BIKE||Cervélo P3|
|BEST PERFORMANCE XC MOUNTAIN BIKE||Specialized Epic Marathon 29|
|BEST TRAIL BIKE||Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp|
|BEST COMMUTER BIKE||Breezer Uptown 8|
|BEST MEN’S HIGH-END BIBS||Rapha Bib Short|
|BEST WOMEN’S HIGH-END BIBS||Castelli Truly Free|
|BEST MEN’S SHORTS UNDER $100||Nalini E10 Geranio|
|BEST WOMEN”S SHORTS UNDER $100||Louis Garneau Zone 3K|
“Our 2010 Editors’ Choice bicycle picks represent the best, most innovative designs available today,” says Bicycling Editor-in-Chief Loren Mooney. “Our testing team has more than 150 years of collective experience, and we’ve ridden thousands of bikes. In the end, we’ve selected the 11 that we believe will best satisfy the intended buyer-from beginner to racer, and everyone in between.”
Editors’ Choice is a long-running mark of distinction for exceptional bikes and cycling gear reviewed by Bicycling, which formalized the awards in 2005 into specific product categories, with one winner selected from among three finalists, tested head-to-head.
From a market of thousands, Bicycling‘s testing team narrowed the field down to the best 33 bikes available – all named as finalists in their respective categories. They then rode the bikes for literally thousands of miles over the course of a month to determine the winners on the basis of performance, ease of use, durability, price and value versus competitors.
“This year’s Editor’s Choice awards demonstrate that manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of performance, quality and value. And despite a tough economy, consumers continue to invest in bikes and turn to cycling – whether for fitness, sport, or transportation – to improve their overall lives,” says Bicycling VP/Publishing Director Chris Lambiase. “Bicycling is in an excellent position to meet the needs of the cycling community as our reach and influence continues to grow. Our paid subscriptions are up 9 percent in the past year, and unique visitors to Bicycling.com are up 217 percent in Q1 2010.”
Winning companies and finalists in each category are eligible to include the Editors’ Choice logo in the marketing of their brands – in print advertising, catalogs, websites, product hang-tags and retail displays – to build awareness for the award among cycling consumers.
All Editor’s Choice finalists and winners are profiled in a slideshow on Bicycling.com, as well as feature stories in the June 2010 (on sale May 4) and July 2010 (on sale June 1) issues of Bicycling magazine.