We are happy to announce the finalists in the Bike Brand of the Year category for the Total Women’s Cycling Awards in association with Velo Vixen.
This year, we’ve seen an explosion in the breadth and depth of bikes being designed and created for women who ride. There are more accessible quality entry level bikes than ever before. There are also more performance bikes at the top end of the scale, recognising that there are an increasing number of women out there who want the best, and don’t want to compromise on performance.
[related_articles] It’s the kind of response we are happy to see from the bike industry, and it looks like things are set to continue. Our finalists below have been nominated by you, our readers, and now it’s back over to you to vote on who you think should win.
The winners of each category will be announced at the Total Women’s Cycling Awards ceremony at The London Bike Show in February 2015 - stand by for more info.
Voting is open soon, so make sure you have your say on which finalists in each of the 11 categories deserve to be crowned winner. Don’t forget to spread the word online!
Trek have a long history in designing and creating excellent bikes for women. The Trek Lexa road bike and Trek Lush MTB are some of the most popular women’s specific bikes on the market. With the Emonda and new Silque bikes, created after a lot of in depth research into the biomechanics of how women ride, they’ve firmly established their commitment to supplying the female cycling market what they want. Trek have been running Ladies’ Nights at various stores for years, and they’ve just announced that they will be supporting the Matrix Fitness Pro-Cycling Team with bikes for 2015.
‘Your Ride. Your Rules’. That’s Specialized's approach to creating bikes for women. It’s all about the having fun, and a bike that will do what you want it to do. Specialized have a huge range of women’s bikes; they’ve got excellent models that are perfect for beginners and those just dipping their toes into riding, right up to high-performance carbon models for the racers and adventurers out there. Specialized have always had an innovative approach to designing bikes, coming up with ideas that no-other brand has. This year, that bike was the new Alias, which transforms from comfortable road bike to streamlined triathlon bike. It’s a high-performance, do-it-all bike, and it’s just for women. The Specialized Amira and Rumor bikes have done well in TWC tests.
If mountain biking to you means adventure, exploration and the company of friends, you aren’t alone. This is the spirit of Juliana Bicycles. Sister brand to cult mountain bike company Santa Cruz, Juliana exploded on the market with an extensive range of mountain bikes with everything from aluminium hard tails to full suspension carbon dream machines. Though they do support pro-racers like Anka Martin, they also have a range of ambassadors that embody their adventurous, inclusive and inspirational spirit; mountain biking isn’t just about the racing for them. The ground-breaking product for 2014 was the Juliana Roubion, a stunning bike that went to the top of many a women’s bike wish list.
Bright, fun and function, the Cube Women Like range has a raft of models to suit cycling women whether they like tarmac or mud. The range includes hard tails and full suspension mountain bikes, and a selection of road bikes to suit a selection of budgets. Cube are also one of the few brands to offer a selection of women’s specific touring bikes, for those who like to just keep on riding, and base their traveling adventures around their steed.
Through their Contessa range of women’s specific bikes, Scott have long produced well-specc’d bicycles for a range of abilities, disciplines and budgets. The Scott Contessa CR1 Team and Scott Addict have both performed well in Total Women’s Cycling tests. Pro-cycling team Orica AIS, which includes the extremely talented Emma Johansson in the lineup, are supported by Scott, as is downhill World Cup mountain biker Emilie Siegenthaler on the Gstaad Scott team.
The newest women’s specific brand, grown from Giant Bicycles, Liv launched with a huge fanfare at Europe's main bike expo Eurobike. With an ethos that’s dedicated to producing bikes for all types of woman, at all levels, the range on offer is extensive, with the stunning new Liv Avail range launched this year. With everything from high-end Triathlon bikes through to gorgeous kids bikes, Live have everything covered - something that Bonnie Tu, the inspirational founder of Liv was keen to do. Liv have also worked hard to completely transform the retail experience in their stores, with a dedicated, well-stocked areas to browse and try, and their support of pro-cycling with athletes like Marianne Vos on the Rabo Liv team speaks volumes.
Queen Victoria Pendleton needs little introduction, and her range of Pendleton bicycles sold exclusively through Halfords have proved immensely popular. Stylish dutch bikes like the Pendleton Somerby priced at accessible prices, lovely colours, and ready to ride - they grace roads and cycle paths up and down the country. The range also includes some lovely bikes for children, and an incredibly accessibly priced road bike, the Pendleton Initial.