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.