- Msrp Price$4299
- Star Rating (4.5)
- Riding type Triathlon
- Drive train Ultegra
- Frame build Carbon Mid
Gone are the days when road bikes were road bikes and your choice came down to brand preference and budget. With a countless number of brands that offer a choice of materials, riding type and now even type of brakes you would be forgiven for putting up your hand and exclaiming "I'm confused". The range of road bikes has gotten so diverse that some genres have broken away completely to become their own outright category. The Gravel/CX category is a point in case. But fear not, if you are wanting to get yourself a new bike and want to understand what's what in simple terms we believe the road bike market can be broken up into four main categories. Performance, Endurance, Aero and Time-Trial.
The all-rounder of the road bike world, performance road bikes are your do it all race winning machine. These bikes in general will be light, stiff and fast. They are designed to get you up and down hills in the most efficient manner and you will most often see them under the GC riders of the Tour de France. So if you can only have one road bike to do it all then the performance road bike probably needs to be your choice.
The endurance road bike segment has exploded in recent years as riders seek more comfort and versatility. By versatility we mean the ability to ride well on a variety of surfaces. Think Paris Roubaix with all the muddy cobbled streets or maybe your daily commute on rough and ready cycles paths. Yes a regular road bike with some wider tyres will do the job, but you will end your ride feeling a bit beaten up and so this is where the endurance road bike comes in. Modern designs are even starting to incorporate a small amount of suspension or flex in certain areas to soften the ride, with major players such as Giant, Trek and Specialized all offering dedicated road bikes in this category with all of them now coming stock with disc brakes.
Aero road bikes is another category that has taken off over the last five years or so. The R&D invested in this area has been enormous which has resulted in some amazing speed machines hitting the market. This style of bike is designed for sprinters or those break-away specialist that can’t help but solo off the front of the peleton. The fact that aero road bikes do look like they are from the future doesn’t hurt their popularity one bit either. Generally these bikes will come with deep carbon wheels and if you were looking for a single road bike that would double as a time-trial bike when needed, then this category is the right choice.
The time-trial bike is without doubt the most single purpose of all the road bike categories. Time-trial bikes don’t really like going uphill, downhill or even around corners. They are designed for flat out straight line speed and this they do very well.