Start Smart: Seven Entry-Level Road Bikes That Won't Hold You Back Slideshow

Start Smart: Seven Entry-Level Road Bikes That Won't Hold You Back Slideshow

Kona
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Traditionally known as a mountain bike brand, Kona's road and cyclocross bikes have grown into a force to be reckoned with. The Zing's parts spec is highlighted by its durable Shimano wheels, shod with Continental tires. A mix of 9-speed Shimano Sora and Tiagra drivetrain parts provide smooth, reliable performance, and a Dedacciai carbon fiber fork helps take the edge off rough roads. While most bikes on this list come in six different sizes, the Zing is available in just five—so make sure you get a proper fit from a qualified bike shop, and be prepared to BYO pedals, because the Zing doesn't come with any.

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