Top Road Bikes from Best Bikes 2014

Best Bikes 2014

Top Road Bikes

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The 10 best road bikes voted by America's Best Bike Shops.

#1 Trek Domane 5.2

Trek

Frame: 500 Series OCLV Carbon
Price: $3,669.99
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“For us the Trek Domane 5.2 is the sweet spot. For most of our riders, the Domane offers a ride that fits their style better than most other models. The Shimano Ultegra 11 components ranks high on the bang for the buck scale and is wallet friendly than Dura-Ace or Di2.”
–First Flight Bikes

“The Trek Domane 5 Series for comfort, power transfer and stability. The IsoSpeed decoupler allows the entire seat tube to flex more than usual. This increases comfort, rider freshness, pedaling efficiency, and traction.”
–Belmont Wheelworks

“Trek Domane! Comfort and speed, what more could you want!”–Lee’s Cyclery

#2 Trek Domane 4.3

Trek

Frame: 400 Series OCLV Carbon
Price: $2,200
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“Best carbon road bike on the market that was designed to be ridden on the cobblestones of France, and is as comfortable as it is smooth to ride.”
–Wheel and Sprocket
“You can't beat the new Trek Domane on our rough Colorado roads. It simply floats over rough pavement and is still blazing fast.”
–Over the Edge Sports


#3 The All-City Space Horse

All-City Cycles

Frame: 612 Select ChroMoly steel
Price: $1,499
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“The All-City Space Horse, this "road bike" is pure awesome. It can do anything! Comfortably! We have so many customers come in looking to spend sub $1000 dollars on a versatile, touring capable, off-road ready, commute killing road bike and they ride the Space Horse and they end up buying one. It's such a fun bike and truly one of our most versatile bikes we carry. Three of our employees own one!”
–BicycleSpace

“Cool Name.  Versatile do it all "Road" bike.  Oozing with style. Good for Daily Commuting, Light touring, weekend road rides with some Friends.  Great replacement to our old favorite, the Salsa Casseroll.  Not too expensive, not too crappy.  Looks great with a Brooks Saddle, and lends itself to our oh-so popular swoopy-doo swept back handlebar conversion.”
–Huckleberry Bicycles

#4 Trek Silque

Trek

Frame: 400 Series OCLV Carbon
Price: $2,089.99
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“No longer do ladies need to have the "women's" version of the best road bike, the trek silque was designed for women from the ground up!”
–Wheel and Sprocket

#5 Parlee Z5

Parlee

Frame: Full Carbon
Price: $7,999 
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“Offering a versatile frame geometry that fits a wide range of riders well, the Parlee Z5 provides the character and ride that define what it means to be a Parlee at price points that compete well with more generic offerings from the big brands.  If it fits you well, the Parlee Z5 offers a silky smooth ride combined with a well balanced rhythmic stiffness in the drivetrain and Parlee’s responsive, yet stable and confidence inspiring, handling.  The Parlee Z5 is a very balanced bike that offers liveliness and feel that is not often found in a full carbon frame and it is built with quality and durability rarely found in mass produced bikes.”
–Fit Werx

#6 Masi Gran Criterium

Masi

Frame: Reynolds 525 lugged double-butted crmo
Price: $2,069.99
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“105 Gruppo on a classic butted steel frame that really takes the beating away from the rider and lets you put all of that extra power into the pedal that is otherwise lost to fatigue. Easily upgradable or leave it like it comes. Decent wheels and less than $2500.00 even with a nice pair of pedals.”
–Bicycle Michael’s

#7 Salsa Vaya 2

Salsa

Frame: Vaya 2 CroMoly
Price: $1,950
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“Our top-selling road/touring/'cross/commuter drop bar bike due to it's versatility and great ride quality. It's nice to have disc brakes when riding in foul weather or carrying commuting/camping gear.”
–Freeze Thaw Cycles

#8 The Surly Pacer

Surly

Frame: Surly 4130 CroMoly steel
Price: $1,175
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“The Surly Pacer is an understated simple bicycle that has really surprised us at the Pedal House.  It isn't going to win the Tour De France anytime soon, but it handles our roads, our dirt roads, and our mountains just fine.  Great bike at a great price.”
–Pedal House

#9 Bianchi Infinito CV

Bianchi

Frame: C2C INFINITO CV Carbon
Price: $4,599.99- $12,399.99
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“This in a new model for 2014, taking the previous model a couple levels higher than before.  There have been many write-ups of this bike, touting it as the "Holy Grail" and needs to be ridden in person to truly get the feel of this technological break-thru.  The frame is light, stiff and extremely comfortable with the dampening characteristics of the CV technology.  This is the bike to get if you love the comfort of high-end steel, yet want a lightweight wonder bike. The family of frames has a few different build options from Shimano Ultegra, Shimano Uletgra Di2, Campagnolo Chorus or Campagnolo Super Record EPS.”
–American Cyclery

#10 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra

Cannondale

Frame: Synapse, BallisTec Carbon
Price: $3,350
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“Race Winning Performance, Amazing Comfort, Great Value.  Crush Meets Plush in all the right ways.”
–Huckleberry Bicycles

Top Mountain Bikes

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The 10 best mountain bikes voted by America's Best Bike Shops.

#1 Santa Cruz 5010

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Frame: Aluminum Frame & Fox Float CTDK or Carbon C Frame & Fox Float CTDK
Price: $3,099- $3,599
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“This is the best all around mountain bike produced, having 27.5" wheels and 125mm of travel.  They have aluminum or carbon frame options and have many nice build kits to choose.”
–American Cyclery

“The Santa Cruz 5010 offers a snappy, nimble, ride with its comparatively lower bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and 125mm of VPP travel. The lightweight frame provides climbing agility and versatility for back country adventures.”
–Belmont Wheelworks


#2 Jamis Dragon 650 Pro

Jamis

Frame: Reynolds 853 DZB seamless air-hardened chromoly main tubes
Price: $2,900 
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“Big category for just one bike.. Jamis Dragon 650 Pro.. Reynolds 853 frame w/ still relevant Fox Fork and X9 group. We ride XC around here and if we went all mountain we would look at a full squish Yeti or GT, but alas this bike is stiff and powerful and built to last.. Yes we like steel, deal with it. Aluminum is cheap and dead feeling, carbon is cool and developing nicely, Titanium is super if you pick a top notch company to draw up your dream, but steel rules them all with lasting thrift and comfort that doesn't have to be heavy.”
–Bicycle Michael’s


#3 The Salsa Mukluk TI

Salsa

Frame: Mukluk Titanium w/Alternator Dropout
Price: $4,399
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“The Salsa Mukluk is a ton of fun and continues to bring customers into the shop. Even though we aren't in the "snow belt", the Mukluk is a fun bike to ride the local trails and also works great on the sand during that annual trip to the beach.”
–First Flight Bikes

#4 Giant Anthem 27.5 3

Giant

Frame: ALUXX SL-grade aluminum
Price: $2,250
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“The new wheel size has given the Anthem a plush feel of the 29er, and the responsive agility of the 26. By far the Pedal House's favorite bicycle of the year.”
–Pedal House

#5 Specialized Camber 29

Specialized

Frame: M5 alloy FSR frame
Price: $1,850
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“Amazing all around mountain bike, pretty much a do anything.”
–Lee’s Cyclery

#6 Salsa Horsethief XX1

Salsa

Frame: Horsethief Alloy
Price: $5,699
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“Perfect amount of travel (130mm front/120mm rear with 29" wheels) for technical trails but still efficient enough for all-day rides. New Split-pivot design has drastically improved an already great bike.”
Freeze Thaw Cycles

#7 Ibis Mojo HDR

Ibis Cycles

Frame: 2014 Fox Float CTD Adjust Factory Series with Kashima Coat
Price: $2699
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“The Ibis Mojo HDR with 27.5" wheels is as near perfect a mountain bike as you'll find. Uphill, downhill, side hill, no hill, it just doesn't matter. It's the perfect ONE BIKE!”
–Over The Edge Sports

#8 Trek X-Caliber 4

Trek

Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum
Price: $549.99
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“Lightest, smartest, fastest hardtail 29ers on the market that are great bang for the buck.”
–Wheel and Sprocket

39 Salsa Fargo TI

Salsa

Frame: Fargo Titanium
Price: $4,299
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“It's the only ‘Mountain’ bike we stock.  Choose your own adventure...  Loaded off-road touring.. XC Ultra marathon racing (Tour Divide, Cape Epic, etc) , ‘Bikepacking’, you name it this bike can do it-- and do it in the dirt.”
–Huckleberry Bicycles

#10 Trek Fuel EX 29er

Trek

Frame: OCLV Mountain Carbon or Alpha Platinum Aluminum
Price: $1,979.99- $8,399.99
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“Big wheels to monster truck through the local roots and just the right amount of suspension to cover a variety of trail condition between juneau and yukon trail networks.”
–Cycle Alaska

Top Hybrid Bikes

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The 10 best hybrid bikes voted by America's Best Bike Shops.

#1 Jamis Coda

Jamis

Frame: Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly
Price: $540-$1,000
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“Jamis Coda hands down period. Our best selling bike, and/or series of bike for the last 18+ years. Yup, steel, usually 520 or 631 Reynolds with maybe a carbon fork, middle of the road components, often a taller set of rings than many hybrids. It's not a touring bike, it's a somewhat aggressive commuter that can be a workhorse, a daily beast.. closest thing I've seen is the KHS Urban series or the classic Treks of 15+ years ago.. why they thought that AL was a good choice for commuting is beyond me.”
–Bicycle Michael’s

“Two words, Jamis Coda. This thing sells like hotcakes in DC. We can't keep Jamis Codas built up, much less in stock! People love the ride, it's a high quality steel frame, and can take fenders, racks, the whole nine yards!”
–BicycleSpace

#2 Trek 7.4 FX

Trek

Frame: FX Alpha Gold Aluminum
Price: $799.99
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“Trek FX! This is the most versatile bike you can buy. Skinny tires? Sure! Cross tires? Absolutely! Racks and panniers...fenders??? Or just ride it the way it comes. It does it all.”
–Over The Edge Sports

“Trek FX line. Great commuters at a great value, really don't think anyone does these better.”
–Lee’s Cyclery

#3 Trek 7.3 FX

Trek

Frame: FX Alpha Gold Aluminum
Price: $659.99
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“Best selling sporty hybrids that are perfectly versatile, from cruising the trails to riding to work. 2014 models equipped with bluetooth and ANT+ technology and even include a clean mounting bracket for accessories (its the little things that matter).”
–Wheel and Sprocket

#4 Trek 7.2 FX

Trek

Frame: FX Alpha Gold Aluminum
Price: $549.99
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“For a flat bar equipped hybrid we don't sell anything else. We change tyres out depending on where the person rides and have had many happy customers with these models.”
–Freeze Thaw Cycles

#5 The Electra Townie

Electra

Frame: Lightweight 6061-T6 Aluminum
Price: $430
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“The Electra Townie continues to be a great selling town bike.Built in comfort with the Flat Foot Technology makes a comfortable and stylish way to get around town.”
–First Flight Bikes

#6 Giant City Escape

Giant

Frame: ALUXX-grade aluminum
Price: $550
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“Our choice for the hybrid bicycle is...once again Giant bikes. The City Escape comes with all the accoutrements for commuting at a super reasonable price. We can't keep these on the floor, and all it takes is one test ride because this bicycle is comfortable and fast.”
–Pedal House

#7 Handsome Devil and She Devil

Handsome Cycles

Frame: Devil Steel Frame
Price: $1199.95
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“Style, quality, versatility, and more style.  Our customers love the lack of over-branding, DIY decal kit, simple 8-speed drivetrain, and sporty geometry. Looks great with Handsome or Velo Orange Fenders, and any sort of rack or basket setup.”
–Huckleberry Bicycles

#8 Specialized Vita/Sirrus

Specialized

Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
Price: $520
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“The Specialized Vita/Sirrus for their versatility, comfort and efficiency. They are designed to deliver the best of both worlds - the efficiency of a road bike with the comfort of a hybrid.”
–Belmont Wheelworks

#9 Kona Dew Plus

Kona

Frame: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Price: $659
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“Robust commuter bike with hydraulic disc brakes for consistent braking in snotty weather. Big enough tire clearance for studded tires. Field tested as part of the Cycle Alaska tour fleet.”
–Cycle Alaska

#10 Bianchi Torino/Torino Dama

Bianchi

Frame: Bianchi Turismo Aluminum, double-butted
Price: $479.99
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“They make this in a standard and ladies step-thru frame. This is a nice simple bike that gets the job done, while having style points at the same.”
–American Cyclery

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Ten more of America's Best Bike Shops favorite bikes this year.

Commuter Special: Soma Double Cross

Soma Fabrications

Frame: Tange Prestige heat-treated butted CrMo steel
Price: $419.99 (frame only)
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“We build many "build to suit" bikes for the customer who wants something more than just a standard bike out of the box.  While drop handle bars are great for longer rides, most people riding around town want to be more upright, utilizing some variation of a flat or swept back bar.”
–American Cyclery

Best Hand Built Road Bike: Seven 622 SLX

Seven Cycles

Frame: Carbon with titanium lugs
Price: $6,695-$11,345
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“At some point in their life, every rider deserves to own a bike that has as little compromise as possible. The Seven 622 SLX combines the stiffness, weight and responsiveness of high grade, rider matched carbon fiber with the durability, plush ride and unlimited frame geometry of high quality titanium. Every Seven is designed to fit, respond and handle to the individual and built to last forever; if fit properly in advance, a Seven 622 SLX offers everything that many riders would want if they were building their ultimate ride. As an added benefit, the Seven 622 SLX is thousands less than some other top of the line full carbon options.”
–Fit Werx

Fashion: Electra Fashion Cruisers

Electra

Frame: 6061-T6 Aluminum Boomerang Frame
Price: $689.99
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“So much fun and aesthetically unmatched in the industry.”
–Lee’s Cyclery

Fun: Terra Trike Rover

Terra Trike

Frame: Hi-ten steel frame
Price: $999-$1,199
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“Trikes let people who thought they could never ride bikes again, to remember the fun and pleasures of getting back into cycling. We can hardly keep these bikes on the show-floor because as soon as we build them up, someone test rides it and takes it home that day!”
–Wheel and Sprocket

Specialty: Trek Farley Fat Bike

Trek

Frame: Alpha Platinum Aluminum
Price: $2,629.99
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“From snow to sand, the lightweight aluminum keeps the fun of a fat tire bike, with the luxury of great design and agility.”
–Wheel and Sprocket

Fat Bike: Borealis bicycles

Borealis Bikes

Frame: Carbon
Price: $3,999-$5,999
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“Borealis bicycles is an amazing option for the snow biker crowd. Fast, light and best of all....CARBON. With the right build up it comes in at a respectable 22lbs. This bike saved winter for us non skiers here in Wyoming.”
–Pedal House

Cargo Bike: The Xtracycle Edgerunner

XtraCycle

Frame: 100% Chromoly frame
Price: $1,499-$2,899
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“The Xtracycle Edgerunner has been a fantastic seller. Families are buying these things like it's going out of style. The ride is great, made of steel which means it's comfy, the design with the smaller wheel in the rear is brilliant. The Edgerunner was obviously a well thought out and designed bike.”
–BicycleSpace

Electric Bike: Specialized Turbo S

Specialized

Frame: Turbo alloy
Price: $5,900
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“The Specialized Turbo S combines speed and style through an innovative electric-assist motor, advanced electronics, and sleek design. Capable of a top speed of 28 mph, the Turbo delivers superhuman power to anyone who rides it.”
–Belmont Wheelworks

Best New Triathlon Bike: Cervelo P3

Cervelo

Frame: Carbon
Price: $3,950-$5,800
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“Available with electronic and mechanical shift systems from the factory for ’14, the freshly redesigned Cervelo P3 takes all that was good about the original P3 Carbon and improves the responsiveness, aerodynamics and fit/frame geometry.  The Cervelo P3 takes a lot of inspiration from Cervelo’s top of the line P5 superbike in terms of performance, yet it offers relatively straight-forward cable routing and mechanical qualities without having many limitations in terms of fit and aerobar/stem compatibility.”
–Fit Werx

Cyclocross: Cannondale SuperSix 105

Cannondale

Frame: Carbon
Price: $2,330
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“Dirt roads in Wyoming are more abundant than the paved roads, and they are more fun on a cross bike. Light, fast, with a fantastic build up.”
–Pedal House