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Our Favorite Road Bikes Tested & Reviewed

last updated Mar 03, 2019
Road bikes are built out of lightweight materials so there is less weight to push and move. Designed to keep the bike and the rider as aerodynamic as possible, reducing drag and eliminating the reduction of speed.

Most high end road bike carry a price tag that often makes then inaccessible to the average person. We believe that your ability to spend shouldn’t limit your potential for having a diverse and effective workout. Below is a list of affordable bikes that still function just as well, nothing is sacrificed in performance, weight, or comfort.

Many of the bikes on our list our perfect for athletes just looking to start out. They work just as well for exercise as they do competition.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research

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Vilano Aluminum Shimano
98.2/100 our score
Weight
98
Use
99
Size
97
Comfort
98
Value
99
Vilano Aluminum Shimano
Why is it better?

Riders found the bike handled prolonged usage quite well

Easy to customize and accessorize

Affordable 

Smooth gear shifting

Simple assembly 

Rides Smooth

In a Hurry? Editors choice:
Vilano Aluminum Shimano
Test Winner: Vilano Aluminum Shimano
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This update introduces the Schwinn Discover Hybrid to our list for your consideration. We also updated product details, criteria review sections and received more insight and feedback from our biking experts so be sure to check out all the great new information!

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98.2
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Use
99%
Size
97%
Comfort
98%
Value
99%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.05.19)
$202.48
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
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97%
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98%
Size
95%
Comfort
97%
Value
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.05.19)
$1,129.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
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90%
Use
94%
Size
93%
Comfort
95%
Value
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.05.19)
$709.10
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.8
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88%
Use
90%
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89%
Comfort
92%
Value
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.05.19)
$198.25
#5
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85
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87%
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Comfort
84%
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86%
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$399.00
#6
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82.4
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82%
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85%
Comfort
80%
Value
82%
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$363.99
#7
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78.6
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82%
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76%
Comfort
80%
Value
80%
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$599.99
#8
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76.6
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80%
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75%
Comfort
76%
Value
78%
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$219.99
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74.2
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71%
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80%
Comfort
73%
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74%
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$329.00
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71.8
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72%
Size
73%
Comfort
70%
Value
71%
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$285.95
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Vilano Aluminum Shimano
  • Kestrel Talon Tri Shimano
  • Giordano Libero 2.0
  • Takara Kabuto Single Speed
  • Cyrusher XC760 Road Bike
  • Schwinn Phocus 1600
  • Tommaso Imola
  • GMC Denali
  • Vilano Shadow 2.0
  • Schwinn Discover Hybrid
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Favorite Road Bikes

1. Vilano Aluminum Shimano

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98.2
Vilano Aluminum Shimano
Weight
98
Use
99
Size
97
Comfort
98
Value
99
best offer for today
$202.48
Pros:

Riders found the bike handled prolonged usage quite well

Easy to customize and accessorize

Affordable 

Smooth gear shifting

Simple assembly 

Rides Smooth

Cons:

It’s heavier than more expensive models

Some shorter riders found the geometry of the bike a bit awkward

An affordable option for entry-level riders that comes in 4 color options and different sizing variations to accommodate both tall and short riders. The bike has a durable frame and comfortable handlebars as well.

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Quality & Weight

The bike features a durable aluminum frame. The frame is lightweight and weighs about 24lbs (give or take depending on the frame size chosen). Also, the bike also features allow components for increased sturdiness.

Performance

With 700cc tires, the bike rides fast and gives the rider a responsive handling experience. Reviewers commented on how smooth the ride felt and liked the versatility provided by the 21-speed gear system.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The handlebars on the bike are comfortable and allow for an aerodynamic position without sacrificing comfort. Squishy wrappings make holding the handlebars comfortable. The bike comes in different sizing choices to suit riders of different heights.

Price
It's an affordable option for new riders or those with a limited budget.

2. Kestrel Talon Tri Shimano

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Kestrel Talon Tri Shimano
Weight
97
Use
98
Size
95
Comfort
97
Value
97
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$1,129.00
Pros:

Easy to assemble

Very lightweight

Durable construction

 Can be used for triathlon or just for road biking

Looks impressive

 Priced really well for its category

Responsive 

Performs almost as or just as good as a much more expensive bike

Cons:

Basic parts like the tires may require an upgrade depending on the rider’s performance needs

This model is an excellent option for triathletes looking for a bike that is lightweight and can perform. Great bike for beginner triathletes.

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Quality & Weight

This is the only bike on our list that’s made of EMH Carbon Fiber. This type of frame construction is lightweight but also sturdy and durable.

Performance

The bike is built aerodynamically to support enhanced performance. It was even tested in a wind tunnel! The build helps to reduce vibration and its effects on the rider. It also comes with aero-type handlebars which are particularly useful in a triathlon race setting.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The saddle on this bike is adjustable so riders can ride comfortably in different scenarios. Aero bars allow riders to assume a comfortable, speedy position for triathlon racing. The bike also happens to be available in a variety of sizes for people of different heights.

Price

It’s on the higher end of the price range but fairly affordable compared to other bikes in the triathlon category.

3. Giordano Libero 2.0

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
Giordano Libero 2.0
Weight
90
Use
94
Size
93
Comfort
95
Value
94
best offer for today
$709.10
Pros:

Comfortable ride

Smooth shifting

Lightweight

Easy to assemble 

Compact gears

Durable fork

Cons:

Tire quality is questionable

Less than optimum brakes

The newest version of the Giordano Libero is another example of the long standing tradition of road bicycle quality from Giordano. This smooth and sleek bike will surely be one of your top considerations on this list.

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Quality/Weight

The Giordano is constructed from lightweight materials for an exceptional build, made from aluminum with a highly durable carbon fork. Some riders with biking maintenance experience do advise that the stock brakes and tires should be replaced for better performance.

Performance

The Giordano Libero provides for a smooth ride with few issues. The gears are compact for better weight and performance, meaning the rider doesn't have to sacrifice the extra power of a geared bike in order to keep the weight low.

Comfort, Sizing, and Fit

This road bike provides a comfortable smooth ride with few to no problems involving rider size or long term rider discomfort.

Price

The Giordano Libero 2.0 is certainly a sizable investment, and may be one of the higher priced bikes on this list. But you are certainly guaranteed a high quality product for your money, which is, relative to similar caliber products, of lower cost.

4. Takara Kabuto Single Speed

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.8
Takara Kabuto Single Speed
Weight
88
Use
90
Size
89
Comfort
92
Value
90
best offer for today
$198.25
Pros:

Rides well and predictably

Low-price point

Basic construction (single-gear)

Assembly is fairly simple

Comfortable handlebars

Stylish 

Fixed gear or freewheel option for riding 

Cons:

Tires aren’t the best quality

Brakes could be a bit more responsive 

Heavier than other models on this list

Great entry-level bike for road riding with unique, trendy color options for riders who want to stand out from the rest on the road.

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Quality & Weight

A steel frame, alloy rims, and hub ensure the bike can handle regular use. The bike weighs about 29lbs, depending on the frame size selected by the user.

Performance

Single speed construction allows users to get a real workout in and get a feel for their capabilities. Kenda brand tires perform well when the ground is dry. Traction could be better when wet, but overall the bike handles well.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The bike comes in 3 size choices to accommodate a variety of rider heights. Comfortable handlebars round out of the design, although some reviewers did feel the seat could be a little more padded for comfort.

Price

Budget pricing makes this bike an accessible option for all types of riders. Assembly is available for an additional cost.

5. Cyrusher XC760 Road Bike

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85
 Cyrusher XC760 Road Bike
Weight
85
Use
87
Size
83
Comfort
84
Value
86
best offer for today
$399.00
Pros:

Fairly priced

Looks great

Durable Lightweight

Great braking system

Comfortable ride 

Impressive warranty 

Cons:

Pedals not as quality-made as the rest of the bike 

Shifting could be smoother 

Lightweight, stylish bike for casual road riders who want to look the part while they cruise the neighborhood or head out on their commute to work.

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Quality & Weight

The lightweight aluminum frame is constructed with durability in mind. The bike even comes with a lifetime warranty for the frame and fork.

Performance

The 14-speed bike features smooth gear shifting action and a quality braking system for easy handling.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The bike is only sold in one size which is in the middle of the spectrum, the 52cm frame size not suitable for very tall or super short riders. The bike features ergonomically curved handlebars for a comfortable riding position.

Price

The bike is priced quite affordably making it an excellent choice for those new to the sport of cycling.

6. Schwinn Phocus 1600

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.4
Schwinn Phocus 1600
Weight
83
Use
82
Size
85
Comfort
80
Value
82
best offer for today
$363.99
Pros:

Quality bike saddleOverall excellent quality for the priceRides great according to reviewersNice and lightweight

Gears shift nicely and bike handle up and downhills well

Room to fit rear saddlebags if so desired

Comfortable ride experience

 Feels durable

 Front wheel can be detached for easier storage 

Cons:

Drop bars difficult to reach comfortable for some

Tires aren’t the best quality

Great bike for new riders who want something lightweight but without the high cost associated with most ultralight bikes. 16-speeds shift quickly and allow for a comfortable, reliable ride.

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Quality & Weight

This bike features a durable aluminum constructed frame and a super lightweight carbon fiber fork. The affordable men's sized bike weighs an impressive 26lbs overall.

Performance

The 700cc wheels are made for going fast, and a 16-speed gear system allows for control on varied terrain.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The bike is sized specifically for men and features a frame size of 56cm.

Price

A great price is paired with a sturdy construction and lightweight design which only helps to increase the overall value of the bike.

7. Tommaso Imola

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78.6
 Tommaso Imola
Weight
75
Use
82
Size
76
Comfort
80
Value
80
best offer for today
$599.99
Pros:

Aesthetically pleasing

Priced well

Shifting feels natural

Quality brakes 

Comfortable handlebars, easy to grip

Very lightweight

Comfy saddle 

Cons:

Wheels aren’t the best quality

Tape on the handlebars tends to peel off 

It looks way more expensive than it is and rides like a charm. Another excellent choice for riders who want quality and performance in an affordable package.

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Quality & Weight

The frame is made of aluminum, and the fork is composed of steel. The bike is durable, and that durability is backed by a lifetime warranty for both the frame and fork. Overall, the bike weighs a nice lightweight 25lbs.

Performance

24 speeds on this bike allow for maximum precision handling and make the bike a great option for riding in various conditions.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The compact geometry of the bike allows for a comfortable fit that's suitable for longer rides. The bike comes in various sizes to accommodate a variety of heights.

Price

The bike is priced a little higher than some of the other bikes on this list, but it's still a super affordable road bike option.

8. GMC Denali

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76.6
GMC Denali
Weight
74
Use
80
Size
75
Comfort
76
Value
78
best offer for today
$219.99
Pros:

Quality construction

Low priceSmooth ride

Great starter bike

Comfortable seat

Cons:

Assembly is a little challenging according to some reviewers

A little on the heavier side

Sizing not accurate

A low price and decent construction make this a good starter bike for inexperienced riders who want to try their hand on the roads or are looking to enter their first triathlon race.

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Quality & Weight

The overall weight of the bike is about 28lbs (depending on the frame size chosen) thanks to the lightweight but sturdy aluminum frame construction.

Performance

21 speeds and 700cc tires allow for the rider to go fast.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit

The bike comes in 4 sizes to fit a range of riders. Reviewers also commented on the fact that the seat is exceptionally comfortable.

Price

The very affordable bike is a great entry-level choice for inexperienced riders.

9. Vilano Shadow 2.0

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
74.2
Vilano Shadow 2.0
Weight
73
Use
71
Size
80
Comfort
73
Value
74
best offer for today
$329.00
Pros:

Super affordable

Handles hills quite well

Comes partially assembled Looks great

Reviewers loved how it felt when riding

Rides smoothly, gears shift easily

 Lightweight

Cons:

Seat isn’t great

Low-quality tires 

Our second Vilano brand pick is responsive and well-built with an attractive price tag to boot.

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Quality & Weight
An aerodynamic aluminum frame weighs in at around 25lbs for an impressively lightweight ride.

Performance
14 speeds and 700cc tires allow for a responsive riding experience. Riders liked how well the bike handled and enjoyed the smooth ride and gear shifting.

Comfort, Sizing & Fit
The bike rides comfortably, and although the seat leaves something to be desired, it's no trouble to swap it out as many reviewers found themselves doing.

Price
A very affordable road bike is a great option for urban commuters or beginner competition riders.

10. Schwinn Discover Hybrid

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
71.8
Schwinn Discover Hybrid
Weight
73
Use
72
Size
73
Comfort
70
Value
71
best offer for today
$285.95
Pros:

Good fit to size

Comfortable to use

Incredibly durable

Solid frame

Lightweight

smooth shift

Cons:

May have some Assembly difficulties 

Not the best seat

The Schwinn Discover Hybrid is a great example of an affordable and versatile bike made by one of the most famous bike brands out there! With countless riders on the roads and trails already singing this band of bikes praises, this is just another reason to love this brand. We know you’ll be just as hooked when we break down this bikes strengths below.

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Quality/Weight:

The Schwinn Discover Hybrid is designed like all bikes from this well known and respected brand and i made to be lightweight, yet durable and tough. Thanks to a sturdy aluminum frame and carbon fiber fork this bike is easy to carry and maneuver as your ride since there is not a lot of heavy building materials weighing it down. The Schwinn Discover Hybrid is a great choice for beginners as well as more experienced bikers as well!

Performance:

This road bike is designed to have a ride that is both smooth and fast. Fans of the Schwinn Discover Hybrid also report its shifting was very smooth and didn’t disrupt their ride. Its design minimizes shock impact from rough terrain and makes it easier to ride for longer periods of time.

Comfort, Sizing, and Fit:

This Schwinn Discover Hybrid road bike is incredibly comfortable and is designed in such a way that is support the body and provides, support, cushioning shock protection, and stability where it is needed most. Uncomfortable factory issued seat seems to be a noticeable trend amongst manufacturers, and most frequent bike riders advise you find a seat suited for your needs.

Price:

This is a great choice for a road bike and though the price tag for the Schwinn Discover Hybrid may be a bit of a shock to some, getting the quality and reliability that this brand and this model provides is certainly worth, even arguably exceeds, the price you pay.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Weight

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, the quality and weight of a bike are very important. No one wants to purchase a new item only to have it break down months later. Even bikes made for beginner cyclists should be made with high-quality materials and should be durable enough to handle frequent use.

The weight is just as vital. An excellent advantage of a road bike is how light these kinds of bikes are. They are easy to transport and handle. Generally, pricier bikes will be super lightweight since they are made of much lighter materials. On this list, you'll mostly find bikes with aluminum frames. This type of frame is robust and durable but it won't break the bank. Carbon fiber frames will set you back a bit more in terms of price but they also happen to be a lot lighter than aluminum ones. Some bikes will also feature steel construction which is definitely sturdy and durable but quite a bit heavier than other types of frame materials.

Use

Does the bike perform well overall? This question refers to whether the bike can handle a variety of conditions, if it rides smoothly, if the gears work well, if the braking system is good quality, and whether riders generally enjoyed the feel of cycling on a particular bike. Performance can mean a lot of things to different people, for our purposes, it really refers to whether users felt the bike worked for their needs. Generally, we looked for positive comments about the bike's ride feel, responsiveness, and smooth gear shifting. Of course, we also took into account whether the bike rode fast, but there's a lot of interpretation to be had there! In reality, the speed is really up to the rider.

Size

Making sure to get the right fit is another important aspect to consider, perhaps the most important, especially for beginners. If the fit of your chosen bike is wrong riding it will not be fun or comfortable. If you happen to buy the wrong fit, it's definitely possible to adjust the handlebar height and seat height to help make the ride a bit more pleasurable, but getting the right frame size is your best bet to achieving a pleasant ride experience. Most of the bikes on this list come in different sizes suitable for very short riders or those who are quite tall. If you're really not sure about what size frame to get, head over to a local bike shop to get some advice and get fitted.

Comfort

Also part of the comfort aspect is whether the bike geometry is suitable for you. If you're seeking a road bike as a mode of transport to get you to the train station or to work, you're probably going to want to avoid a bike with very low handlebars and a high saddle. For commuting, a more comfortable seated position might be preferable to something that's more aerodynamic.

Value

For a new rider, spending thousands of dollars on a road bike may seem extremely intimidating. Beginner cyclists may prefer to spend a bit less money to get a feel for the sport before diving in head first. Cycling can be an expensive hobby, but there's no reason to run away just because you're afraid of the cost associated with the sport. There are plenty of options for entry-level riders who want to experience a road bike, as can be evidenced from our list of choices. Most of the options are extremely affordable and offer great value for those who may be unsure of their future commitment to the sport of cycling.

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Safety First!!

A healthy lifestyle is a safe lifestyle. Don't forget your safety equipment, such as; bike helmets, cycling gloves, lights, and reflective clothing to name a few. It is important to do everything that you can to stay safe while riding. Accidents happen and even the most careful of riders can get into trouble and get hurt, but you want to take all the precautions you can to minimize injuries if and when they do occur.

Some assembly required.

Getting a professional to put together your new bike is your best bet at ensuring your bike is properly tuned up and adjusted. It’ll provide you peace of mind by ensuring your new bike is safe to ride. Some of the options above can be purchased with a professional assembly service.

Routine inspections are key!

It is a good idea to take time before and after each run to give your bike a quick look over. Check for the obvious issues like flat or soft tires, damaged spokes, issues with the chain and so forth. When you have your helmet and pads on and are seated ready to go, check the brakes to make sure they are in good working order before you get going at full speed. Taking 5 minutes before your ride could prevent injury or save your life and checking for issues after your ride will ensure you get things taken care of sooner rather than later.

Other Factors to Consider

Brand

When thinking of a road bike, most people picture a thin-wheeled bike with a high saddle. A bike ready for some speed and suitable for riding on pavement. It's possible, though, that you weren't aware that there are actually different types of road bikes suitable for different conditions and uses. There are road bikes specifically designed for triathlon use, bikes for racing, bikes for going long, bikes designed for traveling, and even road bikes for non-ideal road conditions.

Bikes for racing actually span a few different categories (we'll save triathlon for later). You've got your basic performance models which allow users to ride in an aerodynamic position. They are usually light (but then, again, so are most road bikes). Aero bikes are another type of racing bike and they're made to fly (forward, not upward). They are designed to reduce the amount of drag experienced on a ride and also help riders to achieve an aerodynamic riding shape. Generally, a racing bike will be super lightweight and allow riders to position themselves for riding aerodynamically.

A triathlon racing bike is very much like other racing bikes, but it features unique handlebars to allow the rider to get in position to achieve maximum speeds.

But road bikes aren't just meant for competition. There are road bike variations that are better suited to traveling and carrying cargo as you go. For those who prefer longer rides on pavement, road bikes created for endurance purposes allow the rider to get into a more comfortable riding position with a more ergonomic handlebar position. Some road bikes even feature slightly more durable tires for use on gravelly roads in rural settings.

Features

While many of the bikes featured on this list impressed reviewers because they are especially easy to put together, keep in mind that assembling a bike yourself isn't always the greatest idea. Getting a professional to put together your new bike is your best bet at ensuring your bike is properly tuned up and adjusted. It'll provide you peace of mind by ensuring your new bike is safe to ride. Some of the options above can be purchased with a professional assembly service.

Speed

There are two types of braking systems to be found on road bikes: rim brakes and disc brakes. A disc braking system is a good option for those riding in less than ideal weather conditions since they provide responsive braking action. For racing, disc brakes are not ideal since they are not necessarily allowed for all events. Disc braking provides quick stopping action, so you can understand that in a racing scenario going from super fast to zero miles per hour might be problematic and potentially dangerous.

A rim braking system is suitable for racing and performance cycling but not a good option for urban and suburban commuters who ride in all types of weather.

Figuring out how many gears you need is another important item to consider when purchasing a road bike. A greater range of gears will allow for more control of resistance on uneven and hilly terrain. If you ride on mostly flat surfaces, a lower amount of gears will suit you just fine. For those riding in flat cities or towns, a single speed bike might be more than enough to get you from point A to point B in a speedy manner.

Accessories

A bike can easily be customized to suit a rider's specific needs. Some bikes will provide users enough room to add rear racks for cargo. Adding on components like bike lights, water bottle cages, and even Smartphone holders, are all possible. Make sure to take stock of whether your desired accessory will fit properly on your particular bike model.

Tires

You probably noticed that most of the road bikes on our list have the same size of tire. Most road bikes feature 650cc or 700cc tires. They are thinner than other types of bike tires. Skinnier tires help to keep the bike's overall weight down and enable a responsive ride. The smaller the tire, the more responsive the bike will be, and the more experienced a rider will need to be to handle the bike.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What exactly is a road bike? How is it different than other types of bikes?
a:

There are several differences between road bikes and “other varieties”. They are built of lighter materials, with speed and mind. Their tires are thinner as to reduce the amount of friction from the road. Your road “bike” will also likely have low positioned curved handlebars for sake of rider aerodynamics.

q: How do I know if I have the right fit?
a:

You won't know until you actually sit on a bike and try to ride it. You'll probably feel is something is off right away. If you're at all concerned about getting the right fit, it's a good idea to get fitted by a professional. They can help you choose the right frame size for your height and build. Make sure to follow sizing charts, if you're going in blind. If a sizing chart recommends a frame size for heights between 5'1" and 5'4" and another suggests the fit is right for 5'4" to 5'7", and you're 5'4", go with the smaller sized frame.

q: I found an inexpensive option. Is it too good to be true?
a:

It could be. If you're buying a used road bike, you'll want to make sure you can visually inspect it and even test ride it before committing to a purchase. In a photo, cracks and damage to parts of the bike may not be visible. Being able to ride the bike before buying will also help you to ascertain whether the fit and geometry of the bike feels good to you. Keep in mind that buying a used bike runs you the risk of potentially purchasing a stolen item. You're not the original thief, but if you purchase a bike in a deal that seems too good to be true, be cognizant of the fact that that bike might actually belong to someone else.

If you're purchasing a new bike for a steal, it might just be a good deal. Just keep in mind that lower priced bikes are often made of heavier materials and feature essential components. On the surface, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this, but if you are very concerned about performance and durability, a higher price tag may be worth it for you. Beginners should be okay with choosing affordable models, but make sure you are still going for a quality, well-known brand to avoid problems down the road. If you plan on upgrading every component of a cheap bicycle, think about the total cost you'll incur. Upgrades can sometimes cost more than a bike itself.

q: Why do road bikes lack suspension?
a:

Suspension tends to increase weight of a bicycle and limit its ease of use, so most road bikes are designed without it since its more useful off road.Riders who want limit the amount of vibration and discomfort that they face will often choose bikes with carbon frames which are said to reduce turbulence.

q: Do I need to be a pro to buy a road bike?
a:

Absolutely not! If you want a speedy, lightweight bike for riding on flat surfaces, a road bike is a great option. There are plenty of affordable models available for new riders. A road bike doesn't necessarily equal competition bike, so don't feel intimidated by the thought of purchasing one.

Sources

  1. Michelle Arthurs-Brennan, Buying Guide: Road Bikes What to look for when you come to buy a road bike, Women's Cycling Website
  2. David Arthur, Buying your first road bike — everything you need to know, Road Cycling Website
  3. TREK Bicycle Store, Buying A New Road Bike? Here's All You Need To Know, Canadian Bicycle Store
  4. REI, How to Choose Road Bikes, Expert Advice