The Satellite Comp is the only steel frame in this group, and kudos to Jamis for not giving up on the superbly supple ride characteristics of the classic, ferrous frame material. The company also offers a comparably priced alloy-frame bike in its Ventura Comp, but we love the durable, versatile flavor of the Satellite series. The bike's triple-ring crank isn't the best pick for an aspiring racer, but for a recreational rider looking for double-duty performance of a commuter bike, look no further. This bike's low-range gearing will come in handy when the bike is loaded down with panniers. An amply padded saddle and slightly wider 25c tires deliver a comfortable ride, and its clever NVO adjustable stem makes it easy to dial in proper fit.

Company website (VenturaComp); Company website (Satellite)