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What Are the Best Road Racing Bicycles?

If you're in the market for a race-worthy road bike, there are some key features to consider. Although there's a wide range of race bikes on the market to fit most budgets, the best bikes tend to be the higher end and more expensive ones. Expect to spend around $3,000 to $5,000 at the time of publication for top-end road-racing bicycle.

What to Look For

The most important feature to pay attention to is frame material. Carbon is a popular material that's lightweight and vibration-dimming, providing race bikes with both speed and comfort. Titanium is also light and comfortable, with the added bonus of durability and impressive lifespan. Choose higher-end components, especially for front and rear derailleurs, to ensure your able to shift quickly and efficiently. For Shimano components, look for Ultegra or Dura-Ace. Sram Red or Black components and Campagnolo Super Record and Record are also high-end, dependable components. Finally, pay attention to the bike geometry. For a race bike, choose a frame with an aggressive geometry that will put you in an aerodynamic position to minimize wind resistance.

About the Author

Jessica Bell has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002. She has served as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Bell holds an M.A. in communications and a B.A. in English.