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#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

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

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

Giant

#9 Giant Defy Advanced 0

Though Giant bills this as an endurance bike, it's definitely built for speed. A perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Defy Advanced 0 is loaded with sweet features like an aero carbon seatpost, electronic Di2 drivetrain and a speed- and cadence-sensing RideSense ANT+ sensor built into the chainstays. Race it in your local criterium, or use it to crank out long, grueling century rides. This top-notch all-rounder is your one-bike quiver.

Frame: Carbon
$4,800; giant-bicycles.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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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 Road Bikes 2013