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Road bike riders

Best Road Bikes

The best road bikes come in many different styles but all feature cutting edge design and technology to help you ride faster and more efficiently. Carbon fibre composite is simply the best material for road bikes so all the models in this review feature carbon frames.

Carbon is a versatile materiel and can be used to offer different advantages for different types of cycling. When races are won and lost on the climbs you need a road race bike that is lightweight as well as stiff. For flatter rides and sprint finishes an aero road bike will cut through the air with less drag, as well as being as stiff as possible for efficient power transfer when you’re sprinting for the line. Popular on sportives, an endurance road bike is designed for speed and comfort over rough road surfaces so offers a smooth compliant ride with a slightly more upright cycling position for comfort in the saddle mile after mile.

As well as cutting edge frame technology, the best road bikes feature new component technologies like electronic gear shifting, hydraulic disc brakes and carbon wheels to help give you a performance advantage.

While we are highlighting the very best bikes here, more affordable models are available that feature many of the advantages of their higher priced siblings.


Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra Di2

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra Di2
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£4,499.99



Quick look

Frame BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon


Fork BallisTec full carbon


Drivetrain Shimano Ultegra Di2


Wheels Cannondale HollowGram Si


Brakes Shimano hydraulic disc


Review

The Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD is a superlight road race bike that has a race winning pedigree at the very highest level. Like its rim brake siblings this disc version offers the same brilliant pick-up and acceleration with a rock-solid feel when you stand on the pedals.

The HollowGram disc wheels are impressively lightweight and will help you maintain your pace when the road rises. Electronic gearing takes shifting to another level and the Ultegra Di2 groupset is quick smooth and accurate. The disc brakes do add a little weight but do offer vastly improved braking performance, especially in the wet.



The EVO is easy to encourage up to a high pace and loves staying there. On the climbs it's willing and on descents it's dive-bomber quick - Bike Radar


Cube Litening C:68 SL 28

Cube Litening C:68 SL 28
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£4,999.00



Quick look

Frame C:68 Carbon


Fork C:68 Carbon


Drivetrain Shimano Dura Ace Di2


Wheels Fulcrum Racing 44


Brakes Dura Ace rim


Review

The Cube Litening C:68 SL is a pure race bike that is built around an ultra-lightweight frame. Like the SuperSix the Litening accelerates incredibly quickly and gives no hint of flex under power. Handling is precise and cornering assured thanks to the overall frame stiffness. You do get some compliance from the skinny rear stays for a smoother ride on uneven road surfaces. The geometry is stretched for a great aero riding position so the Litening is good on the flats as well as the hills.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 offers the very best in electronic drivetrain technology for fast, silky smooth shifting. The Fulcrum Racing 44 wheels are lightweight and rigid which helps the Litening’s climbing ability. As you would expect from a Team Wanty replica bike you get traditional calliper brakes with QR axles for easy wheel changes. The other Cube Litening’s in the range share the same great ride quality with a not-quite-as-lightweight C:62 carbon frame.




Cube have put together a very capable race bike for a lot less money than you’d expect for such a spec and such a ride – bikesoup magazine.


Specialized Roubaix Expert UDi2

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£3,800.00



Quick look

Frame Fact 10r carbon


Fork Fact 11r carbon with Future Shock


Drivetrain Shimano Ultegra Di2


Wheels DT Swiss R460


Brakes Shimano hydraulic disc


Review

Possibly the ultimate Sportive bike, the Specialized Roubaix takes endurance cycling to another level. Applying the theory that smoother is faster the Roubaix features cutting edge road bike suspension technologies, developed in conjunction with F1 legends McLaren. A Future Shock cartridge in the head tube offers 20mm of vertical compliance that suspends the rider above the frame. This is combined with 20mm of rearward arc compliance in the seatpost to offer an incredibly smooth ride that must be experienced to be believed. By confining the compliance to the handlebars and seatpost the Roubaix offers more predictable handling than most endurance road bikes while still delivering a more comfortable ride.

The Roubaix Expert Di2’s spec leaves nothing to be desired with its Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes and DT Swiss R460 disc wheels.




Going fast around a bumpy curve is a complete revelation, with the front tyre staying glued to the ground rather than juddering – Cycling Weekly.

Giant Propel Advanced Pro

Giant Propel Advanced Pro
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£4,299.00



Quick look

Frame Advanced-Grade carbon


Fork Advanced-Grade full carbon


Drivetrain Shimano Ultegra Di2


Wheels Giant SLR 0 Aero


Brakes Giant Speed control SL


Review

As well as being one of the best-looking bikes on the market the Giant Propel Advanced Pro 0 is also one of the slipperiest. Offering impressive aero credentials, the Propel was designed and tested in the wind tunnel as a complete system, with all the parts working together to help reduce drag so you can ride faster. The Advanced-Grade carbon frame is one of the lightest in its class yet still boasts impressive stiffness so you can really put the hammer down.

Neat touches - like the aero brake callipers and a swollen down tube that shrouds a water bottle from the wind - really help the Propel to stand out from the crowd, but it is the combination of stiffness and aerodynamics that make the propel such an exciting bike to ride. The Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and lightweight aero wheels round off the impressive component spec but you get the same great ride characteristics on all the Propel models.




You can straight stand up stomp the Propel knowing that all your wattage is going where you want and the riders you’re with are probably going backwards – Bike Radar.