Top 10 Best Road Bikes of 2018
Endurance road bikes are more comfortable versions of race-orientated road bikes with the distinguishing features being relaxed geometry, frames tuned to smooth the ride and capacity for wider tires. They’re ideal for sportive and long distance rides where the extra comfort is a valuable benefit.
The sportive bike is not just a euphemism for beginners’ road bike either, the industry is taking this very seriously and we are seeing them creep through into stage races. No one likes riding a super-stiff aero bike for 100 miles. It’s also a great bike for serious riders who can’t or don’t like an aero position.
One of the big changes occurring on bikes in this category is the rapid adoption of disc brakes. Discs offer increased stopping power, better all-weather performance and lower maintenance. Disc brakes really suit endurance and sportive bikes as these are the sort of bikes likely to encounter a myriad of weather and road conditions, whether in a sportive or if you simply ride year-round. Here’s a run-down of the best road bikes of 2016:
10. Schwinn Men’s Axios 700c Drop Bar Road Bicycle
The Schwinn Axios road bicycle is the perfect drop bar road bike for the bike path or just going out for a good workout, lightweight and responsive makes this the perfect road bike. Equipped with a Schwinn aluminum road frame with rigid fork for quick and agile riding, Shimano 14 speed rear derailleur with A050 shifters for quick gear shifting. The saddle comes with a quick release for easy height adjustments. Alloy caliper road brakes for sure stopping power.
9. Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C Road Bike Racing
The Merax Finiss 21 Speed is a 700C Road Bike Racing Bicycle with Shimano shifter and derailleur is a 28 pound racing bicycle perfect for beginners, amateurs, and those looking to get serious about road biking and racing. The strong and lightweight frame can carry riders up to 330 pounds and comes in three different color schemes and three different sizes.
8. Schwinn Phocus 1600 Men’s Road Bike
The Schwinn Phocus 1600 was designed for speed and the sport of competitive racing. With a lightweight frame and components with minimal accessories this bike stays light. Drop handlebars allow the rider to be seated in a powerful and aerodynamic riding position, while narrow high-pressure tires allow for minimal rolling resistance. The road brakes come from Promax; alloy calipers built for solid and dependable stopping power. The saddle has a quick release to easily modify its height. The alloy crank is from SR Suntour, built for wide gear range. Its size is 56cm, putting the most comfortable riders at a height range of 5’10”-6’2”.
7. Kestrel Talon Road Shimano 105 Bicycle
The engineers at Kestrel designed the stable riding Talon for both road and triathlon use. Gear selection couldn’t be easier with a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain providing smooth, crisp, responsive shifting. The Kestrel Talon has been wind tunnel tested to optimize tube shapes for superb aerodynamics, lightweight rigidity, efficient power delivery, and most of all speed. The Kestrel EMS Pro Aero seat post offers a wide-range of saddle positions, allowing you to dial-in the perfect comfort level. And the Talon’s geometry maximizes fit, improves traction, and bolsters overall performance on the toughest race courses.
6. Tommaso Imola Lightweight Aluminum Road Bike
Tommaso Imola sports an SLA 6061 Compact Aluminum Frame, which makes the bike lightweight and agile. The bike gives excellent speeds, and does not feel like a hunk of metal. The Imola comes with a Shimano Claris Derailleurs and an integrated brake lever shifting. The Shimano groupset is highly reliable, works smoothly on the vehicle, and comes with powerful 24 speeds. The road bike is light, and compact. Indeed, most riders will enjoy the bike, because it is extremely comfortable to ride.
5. Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Century Sport
The bike is built around a light, fast and stiff 7005 alloy frame with a nice and relaxed geometry for all day comfort. The taller head tube and more relaxed angles make it perfect for those days when you watch the miles tick by. Up front, a performance alloy fork with chromoly steerer tube with a longer trail helps provide improved stability for more confidence and better handling on long rides. For shifting, a Shimano Claris 8-speed drivetrain with mid-cage rear derailleur and extended range cassette provides precise and reliable shifting with a big range of gears to get you up and over almost anything. Rounding out the build are excellent components from Diamondback and a set of double wall Equation rims that roll fast and smooth, wrapped up in Kenda K196 tires for an excellent ride.
4. Giordano Libero Acciao Road Bike
The Giordano Acciao features a beautifully made hand crafted high tensile steel frame, precision 14 speed Shimano Tourney STI equipped drive train, and light but strong 700c wheels, all at an absolutely incredible value. This stunning Italian inspired road bike packs a powerful punch without breaking the bank and is certain to remain a favorite weapon for beginner to novice cyclists looking to speed past the competition.
3. Roadmaster Women’s Adventurers 700C Bicycle
The Adventures Roadmaster bike is a comfortable bike with tons of versatility. A hybrid style means it will be comfortable on pavement or on light paths. It combines the best of a trail bike with the best of a road bike. A comfortable riding position with smooth pavement tires the Adventures will take you on a ride to the park for a picnic or for a fitness ride down the bike path.
2. Windsor Wellington 2.0 Aluminum 21 Speed Shimano
That is an inexpensive entry level 21 speed road bike and one among our absolute best sellers. It includes a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with an integrated headset and a Shimano drivetrain with A050 handlebar mounted shifters. The complete bike weighs in at an impressive 24 lbs., the lightest in it is class. New 6061 Series Aluminum Frame, lighter, higher performance aero shaped stays and multishape tubing.
1. Mercier Galaxy SC 1 Aluminum 14
The Mercier Galaxy AL SC1 brings the uncompromised quality of Mercier to an aluminum frame offering a comfortable ride due to the Taper Blade Chromoly Fork up front and an Ergo Saddle for the other end. This Galaxy SC1 model has convenient stem-mounted shifters and a double chain ring crank for simpler shifting and maintenance.
- Frame – Aluminum with Comfort Curve Stays
- Crankset – Alloy Double 52/39
- Wheelset – 700c DA14 Doubled Walled Aluminum Alloy
- Tires – Kenda 700x25C
- Brakes – Forged Aluminum Caliper Black