5 road bikes that have marked the 2022 season
With the road cycling season coming to an end, we take a look back at the most important road bikes of the year. The ones that have regularly topped the podiums and have been the faithful companions that have led the world's best cyclists to achieve their goals.
5 road bikes that have stood out in 2022
The world of road cycling competition is the best showcase for brands to demonstrate the possibilities of their best machines, which are then desired by those who come to the shops looking for a bike to emulate their idols.
We have reviewed what happened during the 2022 season that has just ended and chosen what, in our opinion, have been the 5 most relevant bikes during this year. This is our selection.
Specialized Tarmac SL7
Morgan Hill's brand continues to be successful year after year in the highest category of cycling. This 2022 no less than 2 grand tours: The Giro d'Italia by Jai Hindley and La Vuelta by Remco Evenepoel, who also managed to add to the victories for the Tarmac SL7 the Road World Championships and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of cycling's monuments. These results are even more significant if we add the 30 victories of Bora-Hansgrohe, the 15 of TotalEnergies and the 47 victories of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl.
Wout Van Aert, Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard or Chrisophe Laporte have made of the striking and characteristic lines of the Cervélo S5, with its peculiar V-shaped cockpit, the most aerodynamic model of the brand, a common image for the fan that reached its maximum exponent in the Tour de France. Not only for the resounding final victory of Jonas Vingegaard but also for the wonderful race we were given with the countless breakaways of Wout Van Aert, who won the highly desirable green jersey with ease, or for the memorable stage with the finish on the Col du Granon and the tremendous offensive carried out by Jumbo-Visma, undoubtedly one of the cycling moments of the year.
Facing the Dutch armada, UAE Team Emirates tried to oppose the solid dominance shown by the yellow and black riders with a Tadej Pogacar who gave us a tremendous battle in the Tour as well as achieving victories in Il Lombardia and Tirreno-Adriatico and podiums for the Slovenian in the Tour de France and the very young Juan Ayuso in La Vuelta. To help them in their fight, the legendary Colnago firm has evolved its V3Rs monocoque model with a prototype in which the bike's steering stiffness has been improved and its aerodynamic qualities fine-tuned to provide the Emirati team's riders with the best bike the Cambiago-based brand is capable of producing.
Canyon Ultimate CFR
Used by the climbers of Movistar Team, Arkéa Samsic or Alpecin-Deceuninck from the second half of the season, when Canyon made the new generation of its Ultimate model available prior to its official presentation just a few weeks ago. However, this bike came to the forefront when it was chosen by Mathieu Van der Poel and Gianni Vermeersch for the first Gravel World Championship, where the latter took the victory, which together with the second step of the podium in La Vuelta by Enric Mas, are the first and most important milestones in the still short history of the latest creation of the Koblenz-based company.
Pinarello Dogma F
In contrast to the models that Pinarello had created specifically to tackle Paris-Roubaix, the most demanding classic for the material of all those on the cycling season calendar, with those models as characteristic as its Dogma K8s and K10s that included a small shock in the area where the seat stays join to try to soften the impacts produced by the cobblestones. With the latest version of the Italian company's catalogue, the Dogma F, Pinarello has opted for total versatility in a bike that has clearly slimmed down compared to its predecessors, has improved its aerodynamic qualities and, as Dylan Van Baarle demonstrated in the Hell of the North, also has enough comfort and wheel clearance to be fully competitive on the cobbles.