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Which Road Bike should I buy?

 

 

Road bikes are also referred to as racing bikes, feature in races such as the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. The bikes are also very popular with 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 handlebar, 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. 

In recent years, Adventure Road Bikes, or Gravel Bikes, are becoming more and more popular with road cyclists who crave a bit of off-road adventure or even mountain bikers who want to introduce cycling to their training regime but still love a bit of dirt thrown into the mix. These bikes feature a more upright geometry, wider tyres, disc brakes and some even include extra bottle cage mounts.

Flat bar bikes have the same frame as drop bar bikes, but feature a mountain bike type handlebar 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 and Marin Bikes come equipped with components using the latest in cycling technology such as ShimanoRitchey, Entity, Mavic and more.

Comparison

Endurance Alloy

Advantages
+ Focused on reliability and ergonomics + Lightweight 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
Disadvantages
- Not as comfortable as Carbon - Alloy frames are slightly heavier than carbon frames
Ideal For
+ Ideal for beginners and intermediate riders that want to take up cycling + Commuters will be pleased with bike and components durability

Gravel Bikes

Advantages
+ Disc brakes provide dependable braking power in all conditions + More upright riding position improves comfort and control over the bike + Wider tyres add comfort and grip + Great commuter bike + Great adventure bike + Most durable
Disadvantages
- Slightly heavier - Specific wheel hubs, not compatible with traditional road wheels
Ideal For
+ Ideal for all level riders + Commuter that wants versatility, added grip and disc brakes + Road cyclist who wants to add a bit of adventure to his or her riding

Endurance Carbon

Advantages
+ 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
Disadvantages
- Higher starting price point - Pedals not included - Not as racing oriented as the Aero Bikes
Ideal For
+ 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

Flat Bar

Advantages
+ Flat handlebar elevates your riding position + Focused on reliability and durability + Lightweight 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
Disadvantages
- No carbon frame option - Doesn't have drop bars
Ideal For
+ All rider levels who want to commute to work by bicycle. + Beginner road cyclists that find drop bars too aggressive. + Riders looking for a Fitness bike
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