"Best bike" is something entirely different than "trending".
My favourite bike is probably still my good old Surly Cross Check that ticks all the boxes forumcriticists would probably have. It's steel, supports wide rims, I use it for touring/gravel/winter and also 37kph+ group rides and you must be an idiot to break it (or a hero bikemechanic to fix it). It rides like a Benz, handles all the (ab)use thrown at it and gets the most ride time by far.
My 2018 Cervelo S3 -an aeroframe like many others, clearance only for 23-25mm tyres, a massive headtube, big logo's on the frame, a creaking bottom bracket, annoying internal cable loops, slippery (and not so beautiful) seatpost and many other faults- is still the bike that makes my heart tick a little faster. Why do bike choices always have to be rational? Then we'd all be riding a Canyon.
When it comes to trends, I think wider rims, disc brakes, some aero characteristics, electronic shifting etc. are already normalized. Trends are probably e-roadbikes, suspended roadbikes (e.g. Roubaix), 1x road setups with excessive range, fully integrated electrics (stock powermeters, Garmin interagration, light units) combined with shifting (Di2/AXS) and cable/cockpit systems.
Main trend for 2020 is probably proprietary parts and closed systems since they seem like an excellent way to make money once your locked in to the $8k+ bike and $3k+ groupset. Almost no one is (thinking of) switching from Di2 to Etap or back.
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