Known best for its highly rated mountain and hybrid bikes, Trek leads the industry in all categories, including road bikes. The Trek Domane 5.2 was number one in our list of top road bikes. Founded in 1976, Trek has been making great bikes ever since, and promotes the bicycle as a simple solution to complex problems such as climate change, urban congestion, and human fitness.
Founded in 1982, Salsa's goal is to inspire adventure by bike. Three Salsa brand bikes made our list of top mountain bikes including the Salsa Mukluk TI, Salsa Horsethief XX1, and Salsa Fargo TI. The company continues to be a leading brand in mountain bikes, but also had a bike in our top road bikes category.
Jamis first introduced its Earth Cruiser in 1979. Since then it has put out products that fly off the racks. One example is the Jamis Coda, which is a favorite of multiple bike shops on our 50 Best Bike Shops list. Bicycle Michael's says the Jamis Coda is its hands-down favorite hybrid bike, “Our best selling bike, and/or series of bike for the last 18+ years.”
Surly is relatively new to the cycling scene, established in 1998. It is well known for its single-speed and fixie bikes. It builds its bikes from steel to offer a good balance. One of our 50 Best Bike Shops, Bicycle Michael’s voted Surly as its favorite brand “because they challenge the vacuum left by the gaps in so many genres like touring, fat bikes, cargo and off-road touring.”
Giant makes quality bicycles that sell for reasonable prices. Another one of our 50 Best Bike Shops, Pedal House gave Giant bicycles high ratings in both the mountain and hybrid bikes categories. Giant’s website says it best, “Giant bikes win world championships. They win design awards, too. But most importantly, they win the hearts of riders who choose to make cycling a part of their lives.”
Bianchi, created in 1885, is the world’s oldest extant bicycle manufacturing company. It created technologies such as Countervail, which is an integrated vibration canceling system for cycling. Its road bikes are popular among cyclists and the Bianchi Infinito CV was voted Bike of the Year by Road.cc.
Soma prides itself in straying away from the other companies that emulate the racing world. Instead it aims to create products for the ‘everyday cyclist’. The brand's personality and love of great bicycles comes across on its site, “Fun is not complicated. Why should our frames be? No weird geometries, just what we ourselves would like to ride. As for colors and graphics, we’ve made a conscious choice to avoid “race-inspired” billboard-style logos. We find this makes it easier for folks to cover them up with stickers and chewing gum.”
Cervelo is a racing bicycle frame manufacturer created in 1995 by two engineers who worked to develop faster time-trial bicycles. Cervelo bikes were voted as top road race and triathlon bikes by both American Cyclery and Fit Werx in our top 40 Best Bikes of 2014. The company currently makes three series of road bikes, the R series, S series and P series, all with carbon-fiber frames.