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Bicycling magazine recognizes 16 as best in class

By Liam Miller

Orlando Sentinel

11:24 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

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From Bicycling magazine comes this:

Monterey, Calif. Bicycling magazine Editor-in-Chief Peter Flax announced the 16 winners of its 2013 Editor’s Choice Awards, the magazine’s highest honor for bikes and gear in the industry, at the Editor’s Choice Awards party at the Sea Otter Classic. Awards for the best new road bikes are prominently featured in Bicycling’s June issue (on newsstands April 30), while the awards for mountain bikes will be featured in the July issue.

The following models were recognized as the most outstanding road bikes:

RACE: Satisfy your craving for speed, $7,000-14,000

CLASSICS: Comfort and speed on pavement, gravel, or dirt, $3,100-3,800

ENTHUSIAST: Go for gold without breaking the bank, $3,200-3,900

RECREATIONAL: Fast, fun, and affordable aluminum bikes, $2,400-2,600

ENTRY-LEVEL ROAD: Great rides for rookie cyclists, $1,000-1,200

COMMUTER: Ideal for errands, commutes and fun, $1,100-1,600

 The following models were recognized as the most outstanding mountain bikes:

VALUE FULL-SUSPENSION 29:  Go anywhere with these budget-friendly bikes, $2,100-2,300

WOMEN’S FULL-SUSPENSION 29: Tame the toughest trails, $2,500-3,100

WOMEN’S VALUE HARDTAIL: Have fun on a budget, $1,100-1,300

SHORT-TRAVEL 29: High-performance, high-value rides, $3,000-3,100

TRAIL 29: XC speed with 5-inches of trail-taming suspension, $4,200-5,000

ENDURO: Fly uphill and sail back down—regardless of wheel size, $3,500-3,900

FULL-SUSPENSION XC RACE: For those who pursue speed at any cost, $9-10,000

VALUE HARDTAIL 29: Fast, efficient, affordable, and fun rides, $1,100-1,300