Seven Top Entry-Level Road Bikes

Staff Writer
These new 2012 models are priced right and pack plenty of performance

Thanks to the wonders of trickle-down technology, the same bike that may have sold for several thousand dollars just a few years ago today can be had for a cool grand—or even less. Many manufacturers offer opening price-point models in the $700-$800 range, stepping up to the $1,000 ballpark will leave new riders with few excuses for not getting hooked. These seven solid options deliver a comfortable, performance-oriented ride and smart parts package to boot.