Every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a real insight into whether it works or not. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective, and we strive to ensure that all opinions expressed are backed up by facts, but reviews are always a reviewer's informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores. It reflects both a product's function and value. Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad. Here's what they mean:
There's never been a better choice of road bike frame than now. As well as the traditional choice of what frame material to go for - aluminium, carbon or steel - there's also now a whole spectrum of different types of dropbar riding that frames are designed for. The modern race bike is an amazing piece of engineering but even within racing there's a choice between super light climbing bikes and air-slicing aero-bikes. Gran fondo and sportive bikes combine high end components, frames and finishing kit but with geometry built more for comfort and mileage rather than pace breaking attacks. Adventure bikes and gravel riding is the latest phenomenon - it's a bit like touring meets mountain biking meets cyclocross. The horizon's the limit it seems.