Road bikes are the fastest and most efficient way to cycle on tarmac. With a road bike you get a lightweight frame with fast rolling wheels and dropped handlebars to help you ride faster. The best road bikes are built around carbon fibre frames which are lightweight, stiff and strong. Disc brakes offer greater stopping power in poor weather conditions.
The best carbon road bikes change fibre and resin layup in specific areas of the frame for stiffness where you need it, and compliance where you want it. Endurance bikes (also known as sportive bikes) offer perfect balance with a comfortable ride on long distances. Road race bikes are great for general road cycling, while aero race bikes are the fastest in a straight line. Flat bar road bikes are ideal for urban cycling and fitness training as they are easier to ride on busy city streets.