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#32 Trek Superfly 100 Elite SL

One of the world’s lightest full-suspension bikes got significantly lighter with this year’s trimmed-down Superfly 100. That, despite relatively heavy (albeit perfectly performing) Shimano Deore XT derailleurs and brakes. It’s an airy, fast cross-country bike with a versatile Fox CTD (climb-trail-descend) rear shock, though certain parts—tires, for example—are a touch underwhelming.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 24.03 pounds (17.5”)
$5,570; trekbikes.com
—Peter Koch

Bianchi

#31 Bianchi Vertigo 105

Shimano 105 components combine with a quick but comfortable carbon fiber frame to make the Bianchi Vertigo 105 a versatile bike at a great price. Bianchi’s Coast-to-Coast geometry keeps you in a relaxed position so you can focus on the road and enjoy the miles rolling by.

Type: Road
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 8.75 lbs. (55cm)
$2,000; bianchiusa.com
—Kristin Butcher

Dahon

#30 Dahon Speed D7

BEST TRANSFORMER
Sometimes the trip is too long to make by bike alone. Thanks to the Dahon Speed D7’s ultra-compact folding design, making the connection between your destination and the transit station, or parking lot, or even airport, is possible by bike. Fenders, racks and smart component choices keep you looking and feeling fresh.

Type: Street/Folding
Frame: 4130 CroMoly Steel
Weight: 29.3 pounds
$549; dahon.com
—Kristin Butcher

Rocky Mountain Bicycles

#29 Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 MSL

As with the other 27.5-inch bikes here, the Altitude has the playfulness of a 26-inch bike with the stability of a 29er. Or, more accurately, it's somewhere in the middle. Of note, too, is the RIDE-9, a shock mount that allows a rider to customize the bike's geometry by raising or lowering the bottom bracket and, therefore, changing the head and seat angles by up to 2 degrees. Its steep seat tube angle means the rider is more upright than on most trail bikes—that makes climbing a peach, but requires more conservative descending.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 28 pounds (medium)
$4,500; bikes.com
—Peter Koch

All City Cycles

#28 All City Mr. Pink

Go long and do it all with All City’s Mr. Pink. It features a premium steel frame with modern features like a Pressfit30 bottom bracket. Old-school touches like a lugged fork crown, ample fender clearance and rich paint create a recipe for a comfortable, versatile bike with classic flair at a friendly price.

Type: Road
Frame: Steel
Weight: 22.38 pounds (55cm)
$1,899; allcitycycles.com
—Kristin Butcher

Surly

#27 Surly Big Dummy

BEST UTILITY BIKE
Most bikes can get you from point A to point B with relative ease, but the Surly Big Dummy lets you bring the kids, groceries, or even a spare bike along for the ride. The long wheelbase puts you in the center of the bike, creating a super stable ride that’s fun for carving the local bike path.

Type: Street/Cargo
Frame: Steel
Weight: 42.4 pounds (large)
$1,799; surlybikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Specialized

#26 Specialized Epic Comp 29

The Specialized Epic Comp 29 is a fast, efficient bike built with racing in mind. The Epic’s Mini Brain shock eliminates energy-sapping bob when pedaling, allowing you to focus on putting the hammer down. If you’re training for Brazil 2016, or just won the lottery, you can upgrade to the Olympic-level S-Works Epic Carbon 29 for a mere $10,000.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Aluminum Alloy
Weight: 26.9 pounds
$3,300; specialized.com
—Kristin Butcher

Focus Bikes

#25 Focus Cayo 2.0 EVO

The Focus Cayo EVO 2.0 brings Shimano’s eerily slick Di2 electronic shifting system to an incredibly low price point and continues to impress with a comfort-oriented carbon fiber frame, Ultegra drivetrain and Fulcrum wheels. The compact drivetrain is a great option if you like to gear down for the big climbs. 

Type: Road
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 17.09 pounds (54cm)
$4,300; focus-bikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Transition Bikes

#24 Transition Klunker

MOST FUN

A good first step to a happy life is to ride the Transition Klunker—which, its makers enthuse, "represents a giant leap backwards in mountain bike technology"—everywhere you go. One speed, one brake, and slack geometry combine to create a human-powered grin generator that can overcome dismal quarterly reports or a bad night’s sleep in a few simple pedal strokes. One size keeps it simple.
Type: Street/Mountain Bike/Downhill
Frame: CroMoly Steel

Weight: 32 pounds
$549; transitionbikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Cannondale

#23 Cannondale Trigger 29er 1

The Trigger combines two Cannondale innovations—a variable travel that’s adjusted with the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch and a (much-improved) Lefty fork—in this responsive, roll-over-anything 29-inch trail bike. The Fox DYAD rear suspension switches from a climb-ready 80mm of travel to a flowy, shock-soaking 130mm travel. Also, the big, aggressively treaded tires steamroll obstacles and stay glued to the ground through even the most technical of turns.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Aluminum Alloy
Weight: 29.98 pounds (medium)
$5,000; cannondale.com
—Peter Koch

Raleigh USA

#22 Raleigh Militis 3

Most Raleighs you see on the road these days are rusty, cobwebbed clunkers that belong in the back of the garage rather than the front of the peloton. But the 126-year-old company is making a comeback, and its leading the charge aggressively with race-ready models like the full-carbon Militsis, which comes loaded with Dura-Ace 9000 components, internal cable routing and Cole C38 Lite carbon rims.

Type: Road
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 15.6 pounds
$6,500; raleighusa.com
—Peter Koch

Jamis

#21 Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport

The Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport provides a lot of bang for the buck, with Mavic rims, Rockshox suspension and a frame that’s worthy of upgrades down the road. 100mm of smooth travel, 29” wheels and thoughtful touches like the rear thru axle and cartridge bearing pivots make for a bike that feels more expensive than it is.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Kinesium Alloy
Weight: 32.25 pounds (61cm)
$2,100; myjamis.com
—Kristin Butcher

Cervélo

#20 Cervélo R3 105

Do you dream of winning the town-line sprint on your local ride? Then the Cervélo R3 is a good choice with a laterally stiff frame that gives just enough to keep you comfortable between all-out efforts. The 105 build makes the R3 a great value, providing a lot of pro technology without the eye-popping price tag.

Type: Road
Frame: Carbon
$2,600; cervelo.com
—Kristin Butcher

Cervélo

#19 Cervélo P2 Ultegra

The Cervélo P2 frame is nearly ubiquitous to triathlon and time trail racing, claiming wins around world. Its slippery profile, light-but-stiff design and flexible fit options make the P2 an easy choice for any racer that’s looking for a competitive edge, and the frame’s outstanding value leaves room in your budget to splurge on other components.

Type: Triathlon/Time Trial
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 17.26 pounds (2012)
$2,600; cervelo.com
—Kristin Butcher

Santa Cruz

#18 Santa Cruz Bronson RAM27

This all-mountain steed is Santa Cruz's first with 27.5-inch wheels, and it melds the handling of a 26-inch ride with the speed and appetite of a 29er. Internal cable routing keeps things neat, and a six-inch travel FOX Float X CTD rear suspension with Climb/Trail/Descend modes delivers goat-like climbing, a buttery soft ride and aggressive, close-to-the-ground descending.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Aluminum
Weight: 31.33 pounds (58cm)
$1,950 for frame + fork (complete kits start at $3,400); santacruzbicycles.com
—Peter Koch

Diamondback Bicycles

#17 Diamondback Podium 7

Most riders willing to shell out $7K for a race bike won't even consider a big-box mountain bike brand like Diamondback. That's their loss, though. The sleek Podium 7 packs much more performance into a lower price point than its more pedigreed rivals. A stiff, featherweight carbon frame combines with top-notch SRAM Red components to create a more than able racing steed that's every bit as fast as its sports-car red paint job looks.

Type: Road
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 14.6 pounds;
$7,200; diamondback.com
—Peter Koch

Traitor Cycles

#16 Traitor Ruben 2.0

Fast is fun. Add some fun to your day with the Traitor Ruben 2.0, a well priced, steel-framed Cyclocross bike built with the urban commute in mind. Disc brakes and puncture-resistant 28c tires round out a package that can handle whatever conditions the city dishes out.
Type: Street/Cyclocross

Frame: Steel
Weight: 26 pounds (53cm)
$1,299; traitorcycles.com
—Kristin Butcher

Trek

#15 Trek Lush 29 SL

BEST WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN

The Trek Lush 29 SL is designed to fit women of all sizes, but it’s the Fox suspension front and rear, confidence inspiring 29” wheels, and snappy G2 geometry that make this bike so adept on trails. Trek technology keeps the chassis light but stiff for total control.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Aluminum Alloy
Weight: 28.44 pounds (56cm)
$3,049; trekbikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Specialized

#14 Specialized Amira SL4 Pro SRAM

BEST WOMEN'S ROAD

This racer has a women’s-specific geometry that includes narrower handlebars and better-than-average standover clearance. Besides a lightweight carbon frame (that borrows from the Tarmac racer) and high-end SRAM components, it also sports a short wheelbase that makes it extra nimble on race day. Simply put, the Amira is a female racer’s one-bike quiver.

Frame: Carbon
Weight: 14.1 lb. (54cm)
$4,750; specialized.com
—Peter Koch

Focus Bikes

#13 Focus Izalco Chrono 2.0 Di2

BEST UPGRADE TRI

You shouldn’t have to worry about proper chain line or front derailleur trim when it’s time to put the power down, so Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting system takes care of the technicalities while you pound through the cogs. The Focus Izalco Chrono 2.0 brings carbon frame technology and Ultegra Di2 components to a surprisingly low price point.

Type: Triathlon/Time Trial
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 19.51 pounds (55cm)
$4,500; focus-bikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Norco

#12 Norco Range Killer B-2

BEST UPGRADE MOUNTAIN

If you want to be able to tackle any trail with one bike, the Norco Range Killer B-2 is a good choice. Its 27.5” wheels combine with 160mm suspension and a nimble chassis to create a bike that can smooth out the roughest backcountry epic, flow through the local downhill park, and even handle a bit of racing in a pinch.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Aluminum
Weight: 31 pounds (60 cm, medium)
$3,800; norco.com
—Kristin Butcher

Fuji

#11 Fuji Altamira SL

BEST UPGRADE ROAD

Weight means everything in the race to the top. The Fuji Altamira SL weighs only 13 pounds, making it a fine companion if shedding every gram is your priority. Plus, the full-carbon tubular wheelset and high-modulus carbon fiber frame make for a surprisingly smooth ride.
Type: Road

Frame: Carbon
Weight: 13.71 lbs (56cm)
$5,999; fujibikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Kestrel

#10 Kestrel Talon Tri

BEST ENTRY-LEVEL TRI

Yes, the carbon fiber Kestrel Talon Tri is $1,450. More than just a cheap bike with a fancy looking frame, the Talon Tri's parts spec is a smart mix of mid grade-components that balance light weight, durability and low cost. What's more, the frame is wind tunnel-tuned and built from a carbon fiber blend that creates a fast, comfortable ride.

Type: Triathlon/Time Trial
Frame: Carbon Fiber
Weight: 18.72 pounds (55cm)
$1,450; kestrelbicycles.com
—Kristin Butcher

Scott

#9 Scott Scale Comp 29

BEST ENTRY-LEVEL MOUNTAIN

Scott is a master of the bang-to-buck ratio, especially where entry-level riders are concerned, and this speedy hardtail 29er only serves to further that point. For just over $1,000, it offers a lightweight frame, the same geometry as its pricier carbon cousins, durable Shimano brakes and drivetrain and a hell of a lot of value. A word of warning, though, if you're thinking of chewing up super dicey terrain, you'd be wise to upgrade the overly stiff Suntour fork.

Type: Mountain
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
Weight: 28.6 pounds (medium)
$1,109; scott-sports.com
—Peter Koch

Scott

#8 Scott Speedster S30

BEST ENTRY-LEVEL ROAD

One of the least expensive aero road bikes in the market, the aluminum Speedster S30 offers entry-level enthusiasts an attractive blend of performance, price and comfort. With full Shimano Tiagra components and a lightweight carbon fork (which, combined with hyrdoformed seatstays, soaks up pavement chatter), this bike offers a high-performance, snappy ride for just $1,000. Looking to get into racing on a budget, or just want to turn up the intensity in your training? The versatile Speedster S30 is your bike.

Type: Road
Frame: Aluminum Alloy
Weight: 19.9 pounds (54cm)
$1,090; scott-sports.com
—Peter Koch

Trek

#7 Trek Speed Concept 7.0

BEST VALUE TRI
This SRAM Apex-equipped carbon road rocket from Trek offers all of the aero tech and component integration that you’d find on Trek’s high end offerings at a sub-$3,000 price tag. And all of that go-fast technology is coupled with super stable geometry so you can stay focused on making speed even when the road gets twisty.

Type: Triathlon/Time Trial
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 20.5 pounds (medium)
$2,729; trekbikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Surly

#6 Surly Krampus

BEST VALUE MOUNTAIN

What’s the most fun bike you’ve ever ridden? OK, now go ride a Surly Krampus. Its 29+ wheel-and-tire package are beautifully matched with a stiff steel frame and wide bars to create the world’s first mass-production monster bike. The Krampus is so stable that it just urges you to go faster, corner harder and pick the silliest of lines.
Type: Mountain
Frame: 4130 CroMoly Steel
Weight: 26.4 pounds (63cm, large)
$1,950; surlybikes.com
—Kristin Butcher

Trek

#5 Trek Domane 4.5

BEST VALUE ROAD
Trek's IsoSpeed technology—carried down from its top-of-the-line Domane 6 series—smooths out your ride in the 4.5, setting it apart in its class. A decoupler isolates seat tube movement from the rest of the frame (kind of like rear suspension), soaking up road chatter and helping keep your rear wheel maintain constant ground contact over even the roughest pavé. Up front, the IsoSpeed fork absorbs shock, too. Even if you're not planning on a Paris-Roubaix foray, this Fabian Cancellara-approved system will help you keep your seat in the saddle, transfer power more efficiently and, ultimately, become less fatigued over the course of a long ride.
Type: Road
Frame: Carbon

Weight: 17.9 pounds (56cm)
$2,700; trekbikes.com
—Peter Koch

Specialized

#4 Specialized Globe Daily 3

BEST COMMUTER

The ideal commuter bike has a basket, kickstand, fenders, and enough gears to comfortably get you up the hills in your town. The Specialized Globe Daily 3 has all this plus a healthy dollop of style. Puncture-resistant tires and internal gearing assure that this bike is ready to go when you are.

Type: Street/Commuter
Frame: Aluminum
Weight: 32.04 pounds (medium)
$880; specialized.com
—Kristin Butcher

Felt Bicycles

#3 Felt DA2

BEST TRI BIKE

If you are 1% faster than the rest for 100 miles, you win by a mile. The Felt DA2 is all about helping you find that one percent. Shimano Dura Ace Di2 electronic shifting assures that a shift is never missed and the drivetrain runs smoothly. The slippery shape steals seconds from the air and the compliant frame helps you relax to go faster. It’s even a good value, despite the high price tag.
Type: Triathlon/Time Trial
Frame: Carbon Fiber
Weight: 18.16 pounds (56cm)
$7,749; feltbicycles.com
—Kristin Butcher


Niner

#2 Niner Rip 9 RDO

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE

This slick 29er marks an update—and an upgrade—to a favorite from the only company dedicated to 29-inch wheels. Niner took its old Rip 9, gave it a six-pound carbon frame and high-end components like a front-derailleur-eliminating SRAM XX1 drivetrain (1 cog upfront, 11 in back) and Fox CTD shock for an even faster, smoother ride. Niner's big wheel-specific CVA suspension delivers an ideal balance between speed, stability, power transfer and ride quality on the most rugged of terrains. That, and it has a dead sexy paint job with internal cable routing.

Type: Mountain
Frame: Carbon
Weight: 26.4 pounds (medium)
$6,500; ninerbikes.com
—Peter Koch

Cannondale

#1 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Black Inc.

ROADIE DREAM MACHINE
This matte black beast features the lightest production road frame on the market, a carbon masterpiece that weighs in at a hair over a pound and a half. Add to that an unreal stiffness-to-weight ratio, aggressive geometry, precise, snappy handling and a top-of-the-line Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 component group, and you have the tools you need to blow your local road race wide-open. It's no wonder it's been called the best bike in the world (and ranks among the most expensive).

Frame: Carbon
Weight: 11 pounds
$13,300; cannondale.com
—Peter Koch

Best Bikes 2013