THE BEST ROAD BIKES
Specialized Roubaix Elite
1. SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX ELITE
The most comfortable race bike and hence, for many riders, the best
Frame: Fact10r CarbonGroupset: Shimano 105 11 SpeedWheels: DT R470 DiscFinishing Kit: Specialized
REASONS TO BUY
1. Spec is a bit stingy for the price
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2. BMC ROAD MACHINE 03 ONE 2018
1.Frame: CarbonGroupset: Shimano 105 22 SpeedWheels: Mavic Aksium Allroad DiscFinishing 2.Kit: BMC, Selle Royal, Shimano
1. It’s sexy, cheap and fast as feck
It is quite difficult to categorise BMC’s latest Road machine, as it’s not quite an all-out Tour de France racer, nor is it a properly comfortable long-distance cruiser.
nevertheless, it manages to sit somewhere in the middle of those two camps, which is typically where most amateur riders want to be. It means riders get just enough speed, but with a hint of comfort for lengthier rides.
Jump off a high-end carbon racer and straight into the saddle of BMC’s affordable Road machine and its additional mass is tangible, especially on the climbs, but it’s ludicrously comfortable and the internal cabling, powerful disc brakes and solid Shimano 105 groupset means it can compete in terms of all-out luxury with more expensive bicycles.
Canyon Roadlite CF 8.0
3. CANYON ROADLITE CF 8.0
Best road bike/urban commute bike hybrid
Frame: CarbonGroupset: Shimano Ultegra 11 speedWheels: DT Swiss E 1800 Spline DBFinishing Kit: Canyon, Tektro, Shimano
1.Great riding position for city traffic
2.Feels comfortable and sturdy
3. But also nimble and quick
The canyon is the German meister of packing as much bike as possible into as small a price and box as possible – their mail-order packaging Buy Canyon is a masterclass in ruthless German efficiency when it comes to using of space, allied to speed and ease of setup.
Felt AR3 Aero
4. FELT AR3 AERO
This is more of a ‘proper’ road bike, with all that entails…
Frame: CarbonGroupset: Shimano Ultegra R8000 11 speedWheels: Devox 55 carbonFinishing Kit: Felt, Easton, Fizik
1.Slippery as a greased eel
By no means comfortable
Too fast for most
5. SPECIALIZED TARMAC SL4 ELITE
Frame: CarbonGroupset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 11 SpeedWheels: DTR460Finishing Kit: Shimano & Specialized
REASONS TO AVOID