Sometimes, picking the Ten Best Bikes of the year is easy. Other times, it's hard. Sometimes, shootouts in each and every one of the categories give us clearcut winners, so deciding the Best Bike is a simple matter of re-reading the last paragraph of each. Other times, there's only one new bike in a class, which doesn't quite warrant a shootout, so we're left guesstimating where exactly it fits in. And often, factors other than measurable performance creep in–things like significance, practicality, styling, cost, etc.