The Best Road Bikes
By Heidi Green
, last updated January 21, 2012
Whether you plan on buying a new bike for your daily commute or you are looking to get more exercise, check out the following road bikes for your future endeavors as they are some of the best that the industry has to offer. As people begin to become increasingly health and environment conscious, bikes have risen in popularity. Once relegated to a small minority of die hard enthusiasts, road bikes are now a common sight on roadways and paths. If you would like to join the bike revolution, for both your health and the environment, keep reading!
Synapse Carbon 3 Compact Bike From Cannondale
For the ultimate in high performance riding on all types of road conditions, check out the advanced features on the "Synapse" Carbon 3 compact bike from Cannondale. The durable and lightweight carbon frame uses an optimized tube shape that supports better posture, easier handling and a comfortable ride. The seat post system features a unique interchangeable design that lets you switch between a "firm flex" and "soft flex" position without ever having to remove the saddle.
The offset carbon fork utilizes a high tech vibration elimination system that will help to minimize and damp excessive road vibration, while the compact and lightweight crankset helps keep pounds to a minimum. The dual pivot brakes are also designed to be as lightweight as possible, all while giving you extreme stopping power and controlled speed loss.
The Synapse is perfect for advanced riders or novices, and its comfortable design enables bikers to focus on what's really important: the ride!
Revenio 3.0 From Raleigh
With a unique construction and efficient features, the "Revenio" 3.0 from Raleigh is a professional caliber bike that will take you on the longest rides with comfort and ease. Utilizing an aluminum frame with hydroformed and butted components, the Revenio transfers power to the locations where it really matters.
The fork, featuring a carbon shell and aluminum tube, helps to dampen excessive vibration and has an extremely low weight. The Shimano 105 shifters are constructed for precision handling and include an ergonomic design and reach adjustable levers. The road pedals are designed for all shoe types and also feature clips and straps for more efficient riding. The compact crankset allows for twenty different gear combinations, while the dual pivot caliper brakes allow for careful speed management and quick stopping power.
The tires are manufactured to be extra durable and feature a 60 TPI casing and belting designed to be puncture resistant, saving you the headache and frustration of a flat. The Revenio also features convenient rack and fender mounts, should the desire to convert your bike hit you. It also has super comfortable gel tape grips perfect for extended use.
Available in a sleek white, black and silver color scheme, the Revenio is a road bike worth the investment!
Portofino Road Bike From Marin
Capable of handling a variety of road terrain and long rides, the "Portofino" road bike from Marin is a versatile model that may very well become your go to commuter. With an affordable price tag and long list of attractive features, the Portofino is a jack of all trades. Featuring a triple butted and hydroformed frame made with durable aluminum and a carbon fiber fork with plenty of vibration minimizing damping power, the Portofino combines a light weight with efficient road handling. A compact triple crankset features an 8 speed cassette with 24 separate gears; perfect for terrain that switches from hilly to flat back to hilly again. And the Shimano derailleurs give you an ergonomic, easy to reach shifter with an intuitive layout. The "Koncept" tires from Kenda are designed to be extra responsive and minimally road resistant, all while maintaining puncture resistant durability.
Also equipped with advanced dual pivot caliper brakes, the Portofino will enable you to stop quickly and manage your speed with ease throughout the ride. If you want to do a bit of your own modification and add a rear rack or fenders, the Portofino includes built in eyelets to make the job that much easier. The pedals, made from composite materials and designed to carry a maximum amount of shoe grip and traction, offer durable performance for long rides. The cork grips feature a plush gel material for a comfortable, nonchafing feel, and the saddle is calibrated to be as plush as possible, keeping your lower body as comfortable as possible during those long rides.