Everyone has a preferred type of bicycle. It depends on what type of biking you do. Whether it be racing or touring, mountain biking, or commuting, you will choose a bicycle built appropriately for your needs. But, as is the case in competitive industries, some brands will be better than others. Cycling is no exception. Certain brands have proven themselves over time to be the leaders.
The more specialized a brand becomes, by implementing its patented technologies or moving forward with the advancements within the industry, the more its name tends to become recognized. Brands such as Trek and Giant gain strength with popularity. Look out on the street, and you will be sure to see one of their bikes. Or turn on the TV to Le Tour de France. Brands such as Cannondale and Cervelo will fill your screen.
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Each brand has its unique take on the bicycle and why it should be an important part of our lives. These companies build bikes so that you can ride more comfortably, durably, and quickly. This list of the Top 10 Bike Brands of 2014 was created in conjunction with our Best Bikes of 2014 list. The Best Bikes list was created by distilling the expertise of the owners' of the bike shops that made our latest annual list of America's 50 Best Bike Shops, a group that knows better than most which bike brands have proven themselves time and time again.
This list includes both newer brands such as Surly, which is leading the industry in the production of the currently trendy single-speed bikes, and also long-established brands such as Bianchi, which is turning 125 years old.
New models may come and go, but these brands consistently lead the way. If you are looking to buy a new bike, whether it be a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid bike or racing bike, these trusted brands are a great place to start your search.