These days many people are taking to the road, but not in their cars, on their bikes. The beauty of road cycling is that you don’t have the ongoing maintenance costs that you would with a car; there’s no insurance to fork out, and it does you and the environment good.
So what’s not to love? With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best road bikes for 2016.
See which one catches your eye.
Yes it’s blue, not black or red and that’s exactly what caught our attention too. This BMC is manufactured in a similar fashion to the SLR01 that the BMC Pro team uses, but they’ve employed much less expensive carbon-composites in the frame. Features Continental tires, Shimano RS11 wheels, a full Shimano 105 11-speed group set, a wide-range 11-32 cassette, and a Fizik saddle.
For a smooth ride, Look have added flax linen fiber to the fork and chain stays. This is said to dampen shock from the road. They’ve also included a 27.2mm-diameter seat post and thin seat stays. The Look features a 1,100g frame with a PF30 bottom bracket, carbon dropouts and asymmetric chain stays. There’s routing for both electronic and mechanical shift systems.
A great bike here for the price. You get the Shimano Ultegra 11-speed mechanical, Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc brakes, and DT-Swiss wheels. The rear triangle has been designed asymmetrically, and has also been manufactured to accommodate 28mm tires. This is no doubt to fall in with the current market trend of spikes in the disc gravel bike sector
Minimalist machine, maximum performance is how Orbea describe their Orca M20 Speed. Designed for serious cyclists who want to lead and not follow. Includes a frame that ‘acts like a suspension bridge, creating an optimal balance of lightweight rigidity’. Good for experienced road riders.
Selling in limited numbers, this is collectors’ piece as Colnago is revamping the famous Arabesque steel frame after the company found some old lugs from the 1980’s, holed up in a basement, underneath Ernesto Colnago’s home. Charming features include the Arabesque’s signature carved chrome lugs, plus an addition of the Master’s “star-shaped” tubes.
Lovely lightweight and old-fashioned looking bike here that will easily take you through narrow, cobbled streets and thoroughfares with no problems. Features an aluminium frame with 700C wheels and an upright position. The twist-shifters are easy to use, and the direct pull brakes suit all riders. There’s even a chain guard and rear rack to hold your belongings, and a cup holder.
This is definitely the best all-rounder. A bike that works well on the streets, off road and will take you through the city to work no problem. First of all the double wall 27.5” inch tires are designed to grip any surface, then there’s the 10 speed drive train and finally the disc brakes. A power horse of a bike that is elegant when it needs to be.
A great quality bike here from Jamis that features large frame tubes, an oversized bottom bracket shell, tapered head tube, and asymmetric chain stays which help with keeping the frame stiff yet reactive. Comes with a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain, tubeless ready wheels, Ritchey cockpit, and luxurious Fizik MicroTouch bar tape.
This is the aluminium version of the Trek’s superlight Emonda SLR carbon race frame. This is still light, the frameset weight is 1,408 grams—1,050g for a 56cm unpainted frame, and 358g for the carbon fork. Trek says that their ALR weighs less than other aluminium bikes in the same range. There are three in offer ranging from $2,200 to $1,310 to $2,200.
The Allez Sprint DSW, like Trek, have engineered a new aluminium frame that remains stiff at the head-tube and stiffer at the BB. The Allez team have fine-tuned the Sprint to make it super aerodynamic. There are two in the range, offered at $2,000 or $2,600.