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 road bikes 

Drop bar road 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 bikes the gear mechanism is integrated into the brake lever both for ergonomics and aerodynamics. 

Broadly speaking drop bar road 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 road bikes have the same frame as drop bar road 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 road bikes sizes are measured in cm and vary in increments of 2 or 3 cm. 

Compare Road Bikes

CATEGORIES
MODEL
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
IDEAL FOR
Endurance Alloy Road Bikes

Endurance Alloy Road Bikes

  • 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 Road Bikes
  • 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 Road Bikes

  • 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 Road Bikes

  • 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 Road Bikes

  • 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 road-like bike
  • Slightly heavier than endurance road bikes
  • Specific wheel hubs, not compatible with traditional road bike 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
2016 Polygon Helios C8.0 Disc - Shimano Ultegra Carbon Road Bike

2016 Polygon Helios C8.0 Disc - Shimano Ultegra Carbon Road Bike

By: on 14 April 2016
Had the bike for a a couple of months now and done nearly a 1000Km on it. It is light, handles well, geometry is comfortable. Looks great and disc brakes make a huge difference. Excellent quality bike and a great price for what you get. Even been told it looks like a $6K bike
(5)

2016 Polygon Helios C3.0 Shimano Sora 3500 Road Bike

2016 Polygon Helios C3.0 Shimano Sora 3500 Road Bike

By: on 13 April 2016
By Joe. 12/4/2016 The best bike ever. Superb Service and Very Fast delivery.
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Polygon Helios C8X - Carbon Road Bike Shimano Ultegra Di2 22 Speed - Large 56cm

Polygon Helios C8X - Carbon Road Bike Shimano Ultegra Di2 22 Speed - Large 56cm

By: on 29 March 2016
Fabulous. Love it. I ride around 150 kms a week and this bike is the perfect complement to my others. First run on it was Towong Gap & Mt Buffalo in the Victorian high country and I was thrilled with its stability and tracking on a fast downhill and the flat.
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