Best Bikes in 2016

Best Bikes in 2016


Best Bikes in 2016


From mountain biking up some of the world's deadliest mountains to commuting to work safely, racing on an efficient road bike and exploring technical terrain on a hybrid, there are so many bikes to choose from. But which ones are worthy of your money? The most important factor when it comes down to choosing the perfect bike for you is what you are going to use it for. “While it is not an exact science, generally one should be realistic about what sort of riding they intend to do and get a bicycle that is designed for that type of adventure, and make sure it is comfortable for them,” Forrest Cutrer from Danny's Cycles Upper West Side says. The following list is based on several reviews of experts from major and smaller bike shops in the country who have years of experience in repairing and selling bikes.

Bianchi Specialissima

Increase your power and control your ride with the Banchi Specialissima. It has excellent traction and stability, making it ideal for fast rides and accelerating around high-speed corners. Brake levers are included. A review on bikeradar said: “Wonderful ride character, combines speed, smoothness and a lightness of touch that’s rare in modern race bikes.”

Pinarello DOGMA F8

The DOGMA F8 is an upgrade from the Tour de France winner – DOGMA 65.1. The DOGMA F8 is 12 percent stiffer and 16 percent more balanced than the DOGMA 65.1. It was rated 5/5 stars on A review said: “Fantastic looks, stunning ride quality and awesome raw speed.

Scott Foil Premium

If you are an avid biker, one who doesn’t let the weather get in the way of your adventures, this is the perfect bike for you. It’s has great all-weather braking and catches awesome speed. It has a completely redesigned HMX carbon fiber frame to help provide less drag. SCOTT says that “with a Syncros integrated handlebar system, Dura-Ace Di2 and Syncros Carbon components, this bike was designed to help you win every ride.”

Trek Madone 9.5

This race bike has been engineered for “unprecedented futuristic performance.” It consists of IsoSpeed, which offers the greatest aerodynamics and vertical compliance. You can even make your own bike; customize it through Project One. “Stunningly good bike that offers a fabulous mix of speed and comfort,” said

Fondriest TF3 1.2

“This bike is not for beginners,” Eddie Nemirovski, an avid cyclist who has been selling and repairing bikes for 20 years, says. “You have to know what you’re doing to ride it.” This bike is meant for road racing. It has a carbon fiber frame which is also light and stable so you can ride fast and comfortably. The frame also has large tubes shaped with a graceful flow. Many bikes love it especially because the bike is so colorful. It simply looks better than many other bikes. Other features include tapered head-tube from 1 1/8” at top to 1 1/2” at bottom, system of integrated cables, seat designed to damp vibrations, and carbon dropouts.

Trek 7.0 FX

This bike has a great combination of value and performance, Mark Vautour from Landry’s Bicycle says. “It’s a very reliable bike,” he adds. “Your posture is set up right and you have a great view of the road.” You can ride it as a road bike but also in the city if you want comfort and versatility to simply run errands or maintain your fitness level. Some of its key features are light frame, DuoTrap S compatible, and rack and fender mounts that make it easy to carry anything you need, Vautour adds. The Trek 7.3FX has been an incredibly popular model this season, due to its relatively light weight and versatility of both fit and riding capacity, Cutrer says. “It's a good commuting bike, country dirt road bike, and go-fast and exercise bike.”

Trek Emonda ALR 5

This is the road bike best seller of the year, Vautour says. [See: Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and Canada] “It’s the perfect entry-level bike for a great value,” he adds. But it’s also somewhat on the high-end. Bikers who want a fast and enjoyable ride will like it. They like it for its comfort, speed, lightweight, durability, and even the color scheme. The bike is crafted from 300 Series aluminum. The components are Shimano and Bontrager. The fork is Émonda full carbon. Also, Trek makes a really reliable pedal-assist bike, which is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S., according to Cutrer.

Jamis Xenith Comp Femme

This is a great road bike with large carbon frame tubes, a huge bottom bracket shell, and asymmetric chain stays for a stable and reactive frame. “Great balance in ride feel and feedback,” reviewers say. The bike has a Shimano 105 10-speed drivetrain, Ritchey stem and handlebars, and Fizik MicroTouch bar tape. Bikers like it for overall dollars to value and performance combination.  Other key features are full carbon composite 1-piece monocoque fork and Tektro R540 dual-pivot brakes.

Orbea - Orca M20 Speed

This is an efficient and stable high-end road bike with a great combination of stiffness and low weight.  The Orca M20 is stocked with a complete Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupset (including brakes and crankset) for a spot-on mesh of price and component spec, according to Road Bike Action. “The Vision T30 wheelset and FSA Energy cockpit help maintain the Orca’s high quality and low cost. A FSA SL-K seatpost and Prologo Scratch saddle top off the bike.”

Raleigh Furle

 If you are looking for a cheaper option, look no further than the Furley. It’s only 799.99. The frame is made of steel, the seat is a Raleigh Classic Road and the headset has FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings. Outside says: “The Furley’s powerful disc brakes, dual braking positions (drops and bar tops), and grippy Kenda Happy Medium tires can handle hard riding on fire roads and mellow trails.”

Trek Bikes Lync 5

Trek Bikes describes this bike as a “low-maintenance, tricked-out commuter bike.” It features sleep integrated lighting, a disc break for all-weather stopping power and its DuoTrap compatible; map your miles and track your fitness. It also has an Alpha Gold Aluminum Frame, making it lightweight and helping you achieve high-performance.

Stromer ST1

This modular E-bike has everything you need for your daily commute. A reviewer on said: “The Stromer ST1 is one of the most exciting electric bikes to be released and one of the best production ebikes I have gotten to test so far.” There are two versions of this bike to choose from – Elite and Platinum.

Helix Folding Bike

This is probably one of the most convenient bikes on the list. It is small and safe. The bike was “designed from the ground up to be the smallest and most compact folding bike in the world,” according to The Helix literally folds town to the size of its wheels. It weighs 20 lbs. and you can even roll it after you fold it. Take it on the subway and store it under your desk at work and pack it right inside your suitcase when you travel.

Diamondback Edgewood

This is a commuter bike you will get if you value comfort more than anything else, Nemirovski says. [See: Summer Cycling Tips from the Pros] The suspension fork and seatpost add an extra layer of cushioning. The 21 speeds give you a lot of gears to choose and play with through on any kind of surface. Some of the bike’s highlights are the 700c road wheels for efficient and smooth ride and the aluminum frame with Sport Hybrid Geometry for more upright pedaling position.

Specialized Sirrus

This is a good entry-level commuter-style bike that is light and fast, Trepl says. It’s meant for people who like to be fit and active. The components, including easy-to-maintain rim brakes and a tried-and-tested Shimano groupset, are very reliable. The A1 Premium Aluminum frame features rack and fender mounts, allowing you to carry gear or to fend off road spray in inclement weather. The frame is designed with Fitness Geometry so you can ride comfortable for miles.

Cannondale Quick 4

This is a good fitness and commuter bike, Trepl says. Its lightweight aluminum frame is fun and agile. People like it because it’s versatile, light and durable. “It’s one of the most sold bikes this year,” he adds. Other pros, according to reviews, include shifting smoothness, comfort, components, and carbon fiber forks. The Shimano derailleurs and shifters supply dependable shifts through the 27 gear combinations.

Liv Lust Advanced 1

Take riding to the next level with this extreme mountain bike. It is the first women’s specific carbon fiber full-suspension bike with 27.5-inch wheels. It’s the perfect bike for female trail riders who like to go fast. It can handle mountain climbing, as well as moderately technical terrain.

Specialized Vita

This is a good and comfortable bike for women, Nemirovski says. “It’s a sports bike.” The frame is Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, which is light and durable, and is engineered with Women's Fitness Geometry. The bike has efficient 700c wheels for fast pedaling on any kind of road without getting exhausted quickly. The V-brakes provide excellent stopping power and allow for larger tire sizes to be run.

Ibis Ripley 29 LS

This is the updated and improved Ripley mountain bike. It has increased tire clearance, stiffer eccentric cores, two geometry options a threaded bottom bracket and new rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection. A review on said: More confident and capable than its predecessor, but just as quick and playful.”

Alchemy Arktos

This carbon fiber full-suspension mountain bike is just what you need to stand up to the mountains rough terrain. It has 27.5-inch wheels, a dual-linkage platform, 6 inches of travel, 17.2-inch chainstays, 13.6-inch bottom bracket height, 73.5-degree seat tube angle and comes with custom paint options. This bike is $3,799 for Full Carbon Frame & Rear Shock.

Diamondback Catch 2

This bike just came out, Nemirovski says, but it’s a very stable mountain bike, a bit on the high-end side. [See: Best Cycling Tours in Europe] It has double-suspension and better components. “The more components, the more money it costs,” he adds. The Catch Two is meant for intrepid riders who want to test themselves and the mountain terrain. Some of its features include 27.5+ Blanchard wheels with wide tires, boost 148x12mm rear / 110x15mm front spacing, SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain, and SRAM Guide R hydraulic discbrakes.

Specialized Stumpjumper

This is one of the best mountain bikes ever, Keith Trepl from Roy's Sheepshead Cycle says. It’s full carbon and the geometry is now slacker and more aggressive. The series were redesigned for 2016 model year, according to Dirt Rag. “For 2016, Specialized is pushing its SWAT (Storage, Water, Air, Tools) concept even further with the introduction of the SWAT Door on all carbon frames.”

Cannondale Trail 5

This is a great mountain bike on a budget, according to Trepl. It has hydraulic brakes and better component, he adds. Bikers who ride on pavement, dirt, and gravel, like cross-country style, and are looking for a smooth ride, high quality build and comfort won’t make a mistake getting the Trail 5. Some of the bikes features include 6061 aluminum Trail frame designed with a relaxed geometry for a stable, predictable ride, SR Suntour XCM-RL suspension fork, All-Shimano drivetrain components, 27 gear combinations, and 27.5 in. wheels.

Giant ATX Lite

This is very popular budget bike for cyclists who want a comfortable and confident ride, both on and off the road. It’s designed as a cyclocross bike, which is stronger than a road bike but not as stable as a mountain bike, and you can use on various terrains, Nemirovski says. “And it’s a good entry-level bike.” It has flat bars and smooth-rolling 27.5 wheels. The light frame makes tougher rides much easier and more fun.

Redline 2017 D26

If you want a BMX bike to ride up and down mountainous hills, Redline is the brand, Nemirovski says. [See: Most Common Cycling Injuries and How to Prevent Them] “They have a very long experience in this field.” The company likes to say that its heritage in BMX and passion for Mountain Biking are meld together in the D26. This durable 26-inch dirt jump specific bike has been used in competitions. Some of the bike’s key features include a full 4130 Chromoly frame with mid bottom bracket and integrated headtube, Manitou Circus Comp 26” fork with 100mm of travel, and rear Avid DB5 hydraulic disc brake.

Giordano G7 Hybrid Bike

This bike encompasses the wheel size of a road bike and the upright riding position of a mountain bike, making it one of the best hybrid bikes this year. It features a hand crafted aluminum frame an adjustable riser system, suspension seat post and 21-speed Shimano Shifter and Derailleurs. It is available in two men’s sizes and one women’s size.

Tommaso La Forma

If you are looking for a cheaper hybrid option (under $500), this bike will not disappoint. It’s perfect for riding on trails, roads and commuting. The Tomaso 6061 SLA Aluminum Hybrid Frame makes for a lightweight and sturdy ride. A recent review on Amazon said: “I love this bike so much! It's sleek, lightweight and rides like a dream. I'm so glad I purchased this bike!”

Fuju Traverse 1.8 Sport Hybrid Bike

This is a 2016 limited addition Sport Hybrid Bike. It is great for transitioning between surfaces live pavement and dirt. Take it around town and exercising through trails. It has an aluminum frame which was built light and sturdy, a Front Fork suspension to help smooth out the bumps on the road, and a triple crankset to help you get over hills at ease.

Diamondback Insight

This is an inexpensive hybrid bike that “will do the job on a budget,” Nemirovski says. It’s comfortable, light and easy to control. The lightweight aluminum frame keeps it efficient and quick, and great for longer rides. It’s also a good choice for commuting from home to work in a city. It has an integrated high tensile straight blade fork for solid steering; its Shimano 21-speed drivetrain provides gears for any terrain; and the frame and fork eyelets make it easy to mount rack and fenders.

Giant Contend SL Disc

This is a versatile road bike that suits a person who lives in an urban area like New York City, Nemirovski says. The Contend SL Disk, a higher-end model, is a good choice for novice road riders because it’s fast but very comfortable. The bike is built on Giant’s ALUXX SL aluminum technology. It has seamless disc-brake integration for confident braking in different road conditions. The innovative D-Fuse composite seatpost dampens road vibration for a better ride quality.

Specialized Diverge

This is one of the most versatile bikes Vautour says he can think of. “It has wide tires, fit racks, and is very durable.” The bike can handle all-day long rides,  tough potholes and other bad road conditions. The Diverge will help you easily transition from pavement to dirt, trails and back. If you had only one bike that you want to use for everything, this one is a good choice, Vautour adds.

Colnago Arabesque

This year’s model pays homage to the tubes of the Master frame and the famous lugs of the 1980’s Arabesque, according to The new run will use the Master’s star-shaped tube set, marrying the signature details of both frames. This move also prevents any mistaking the new model with frames built in the '80s. The frameset that is designed to take maximum advantage of steel’s best riding qualities.