Our pick of very best road bikes available today
Choosing the best road bike for your requirements is not as straight forward as it once was. With huge advancements in material, design and manufacturing processes road bikes have branched out into many different categories and specialities. Making an informed decision then, all comes down to the type of riding you enjoy and the topography involved.
A lightweight climbing bike will dance up the steepest of climbs but on fast flat or rolling terrain, noticeably more effort is required to keep up with an aero road bike. If riding long distances is your thing then the energy savings of an aero road bike might be tempting but a stiffer ride and optimisation for efficiency at higher speeds don’t necessarily translate well when you plan on pushing the pedals from sunrise to sunset.
As each manufacturer innovates to better the competition, they are producing bikes that go beyond what was ever thought possible. From adjustable compliance on aero road bikes, integration and built in storage solutions to road bikes that go beyond the limits of tarmac to open up even more riding possibilities we’ve got you covered. Componentry such as electronic shifting, power meters and disc brakes have become common on many more bikes as well, giving an even wider set of criteria to consider.
To help you choose your next bike we have a number of guides filled with information to help you choose the best possible option in each category. However, some bikes are just that little bit more exceptional than others so here, we have chosen the bikes we think stand out in each category.
Scroll down for a pick of the road bikes that we have selected as the very best of their categories.
Best race bikes, efficient and aggressive, these rulers of the road are the top of the food chain when it comes to one bike that will perform no matter the course. Whether tackling long climbs, battling windy flats or carrying as much speed as possible through corners, these race bikes are designed to be as fast as possible.
Aggressive positioning and geometry meet a carefully considered blend of aerodynamic performance, low weight and stiffness to produce the most uncompromised road riding experience possible.
Best carbon road bikes
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod DiscThe SuperSix Evo has long been the gold standard in race geometry and handling, and now it’s more compliant and aeroVisit Site
Power meter included but not useable without an extra fee
Launched just ahead of the 2019 Tour de France, Cannondale’s latest SuperSix Evo comes complete with a first for the frame a sloping top tube. But it’s not just the death of the flat top tube, Cannondale has swapped to Kammtail tube shapes for a claimed 30 watt saving (at 48kph) over its predecessor and the brand says the new SuperSix is between nine and 40 watts faster than a range of its competitors. The frame also gets a flat backed seat post and seat tube, and the dropped chainstays which are becoming increasingly common among carbon race bikes. Capable of taking 30mm tyres (28mm rim brake), the new frame is claimed to weigh 886g in a size 56, painted.
Cannondale SuperSix EVO reviewLachlan Morton’s Cannondale Supersix Evo GalleryCannondale has also opted for an integrated bar and stem and sees the brands in house KNOT components providing the seat post and wheelset. As you’d expect for a bike in this price bracket, the 45mm deep road wheels are carbon fibre and tubeless ready, and a Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset provides the gearing. The new SuperSix EVO also comes with a Power2Max NG Eco power meter installed in the HologramSiSL2 cranks, though you’ll have to pay a fee on top of the retail price to activate it. Designed around the brand’s compact road geometry, the frame is built using Giant’s Advanced Composite Technology, and moulded in a modified monocoque construction meaning the front and rear triangles are moulded separately and then bonded together.
The TCR has always been known for its snappy ride quality and that’s due in large part to its compact rear end. At the front, the TCR gets Giant’s chunky Overdrive steerer which combine with the front and rear thru axles and stiff carbon fork mean no steering input is lost to flex.
## ## A closer look at the new Giant TCR Simon Geschke’s 6.4kg bikeGreg Van Avermaet’s golden Giant TCR Disc GalleryDepending on where you live, the Advanced Pro Disc comes with either a Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain, but, regardless of your region, the wheels and tyres are tubeless ready out of the box, meaning they come with valves and rim strips installed and Giant even gives you enough sealant to get rolling.
The Giant TCR has recently been updated and promises improvements all round. Initial impressions are positive, but a full review is in the works. This does mean the current model TCR is soon to be deemed ‘old hat’, but that should mean discounts are readily available on what is still an excellent bike.