Road Bikes

 

Which Road Bike should I buy?

 

 

Road bikes are also referred to as racing bikes, and feature in races such as the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. The bikes are also very popular for commuters as well as weekend riders. They are designed to be fast and efficient and hence make use of lightweight frame materials combined with high pressure, narrow tyres. They typically fall into two major categories, drop bar and flat bar. 

Drop bar bikes, feature the “ram horns” type of handle bar, which allows the rider a number of different positions where you can place your hands during longer rides. On modern road bicycles the gear mechanism is integrated into the brake lever both for ergonomics and aerodynamics. 

Broadly speaking drop bar bikes have subcategories including endurance bikes, which are favoured for their more comfortable upright riding position, as well as racing bikes which are feature more aggressive riding positions. Some are also designed with specific aerodynamic characteristics. 

Flat bar bikes have the same frame as drop bar bikes, but feature a mountain bike type handle bar with mountain bike type shifters. This horizontal bar, makes the riding position more upright and comfortable as well. 

All sizes are measured in cm and vary in increments of 2 or 3 cm. 

Similar to other brands such as Giant bicycles or Trek bikes, Polygon bikes come equipped with componenets using the latest in cycling technology such as Shimano, Schwalbe, Ritchey, Mavic and more.

Comparison

CATEGORIES
MODEL
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
IDEAL FOR
Endurance Alloy Road Bikes

Endurance Alloy

  • Focused on reliability and ergonomics
  • Light weight endurance alloy road frame 
  • Upright riding position on the bike
  • Extremely durable frame, perfect for commuting
  • Carbon Fork and tapered carbon steerer for improved dampening of any vibrations from the road
  • Affordable price point
  • Not as comfortable as Carbon
  • Alloy frames are slightly heavier than carbon frames
  • Ideal for beginners and intermediate riders that want to take up cycling.
  • Commuters will be pleased with bike and components durability.
Endurance Carbon Road Bikes

Endurance Carbon

  • UCI approved, ready for competition
  • Lightweight Carbon frame helps with climbing and acceleration
  • Upright riding position on the bike 
  • Stiff and responsive frame gives you great power transfer
  • Full Carbon frame and fork dampens vibrations and adds comfort to the ride
  • Endurance specific geometry, ideal for long rides
  • Higher starting price point
  • Pedals not included
  • Not as racing oriented as the Aero Bikes
  • Beginners who are looking for lighter weight and extra comfort.
  • Intermediate and Advanced riders that want an endurance bike for Grand Fondos and hilly rides where a comfortable and efficient riding position is important.
Aero Racing Carbon Road Bikes

Aero Racing Carbon

  • UCI approved racing aerodynamic frame and fork
  • Incredibly stiff frame gives you amazing power transfer
  • Under 900 grams total weight for the frame 
  • Aero Frame and aerodynamic components slice the wind giving you extra speed
  • Carbon frame provides extra comfort on long rides
  • Aggressive riding position doesn't suit all riders
  • No pedals included
  • Not as comfortable as the Endurance Bikes
  • Advanced riders who want an Aero bike.
  • Club racing riders looking for a racing bike.
  • Can be used as a TT and Triathlon Bike.
Flat Bar Road Bikes

Flat Bar

  • Flat handlebar elevates your riding position
  • Focused on reliability and durability
  • Light weight alloy frame with a carbon fork 
  • Alloy frame is perfect for commuting
  • Improved comfort for shorter rides and safer riding with traffic
  • Can be used as a transition bike into road cycling
  • No carbon frame option
  • All rider levels who want to commute to work by bicycle.
  • Beginner road cyclists that find dropbars too aggressive.
  • Riders looking for a Fitness bike
Cyclocross & Gravel Bikes

Cyclocross & Gravel Bikes

  • More upright riding position improves comfort and control over the bike 
  • Wider tyres add comfort and grip
  • Disc brakes provide dependable braking power in all conditions 
  • Great commuter bike
  • Great adventure bike
  • Most durable
  • Slightly heavier
  • Specific wheel hubs, not compatible with traditional road wheels
  • Commuter that wants the added grip of wider tyres and disc brakes.
  • Road cyclist who wants to add a bit of adventure to his or her riding.
  • Cyclocross riders looking for a CX racing bike.

 

Latest Road Bikes Reviews
2015 Polygon Helios C6.0 - Carbon Road Bike, Shimano 105, 22 Speed - Large 56cm

2015 Polygon Helios C6.0 - Carbon Road Bike, Shimano 105, 22 Speed - Large 56cm

By: on 22 September 2016
I am very happy with the C6.0 (Even though it didn't get the free pro build) but that's no the bikes fault.Polygon have done a great job putting this bike together I give a 10 out of 10 its as good as or better than any endurance bike out there.
(5)

Polygon Helios C6.0 Carbon Road Bike

Polygon Helios C6.0 Carbon Road Bike

By: on 14 September 2016
I bought the Helios C6 about a month ago and have put plenty of km's on it without any problems. This is the second polygon bike I have owned and could not fault the product or service. I was hesitant about the brand when I purchased the first Polygon bike but any fears I had were unfounded as it proved to be super reliable and great to ride. I spent a lot of time looking at and researching competitors bikes and second hand carbon bikes and the Helios C6 was way out in front for value for money. I would thoroughly recommend this bike (and others in the Polygon stable) to anyone.
(5)

Polygon Bend RV - Gravel / Cyclocross Disc Bike

Polygon Bend RV - Gravel / Cyclocross Disc Bike

By: on 31 August 2016
I like to start by saying that this bike is spec'd and finished way better than you would expect for the $1599 price tag. I own and have ridden a number of bikes worth 4 times as much and this bike impresses me for this price. I ordered the bike on a Friday afternoon and it arrived Tuesday afternoon, very quick delivery. There were a couple of problems with the assembly out of the box, the front mech was misaligned so the chain would rub when in the lower half of the rear cassette and the rear brake calliper was misaligned and the piston needed to be reset to stop the rear rotor rubbing. I had no problem fixing this; however for someone who does not know how to sort these problems, it would mean a trip to a LBS or they would be putting up with a otherwise awesome bike and groupset not running at 100% I highly recommend this bike and buying online to anyone with the knowledge to conduct little fixes or at this value and spec level this bike still would not be a bad option even if you required a trip to the LBS to sort some small issues such as mine above. Awesome bike and I'm sure if you bought it you won't be disappointed
(4)

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