With tube shapes that were born in our FreeFoil Shape Library and validated in the Win Tunnel, the new Roubaix is more aero than the Tarmac SL6. Meanwhile, to ensure the weight and ride quality, we turned to a Rider-First Engineered design to deliver optimal stiffness and compliance across all sizes, from 44 to 64cm. Of course, the frame has shed some serious weight in the process. And to prep you for your own Hell of the North, we’ve made room for 33mm tires. – To go along with the new frame, we’ve also developed a totally new S-Works Pave seatpost.
From World Tour podiums to Sunday morning gravel grinders to epic KOM hunts, our road bikes let you add to your personal palmarès with precision aerodynamics, lightweight layup, powerful stiffness, and comfort. The lightest rim and disc brake road bikes you’ll ever ride – now with a new name. It’s not as snappy as the Tarmac when you push on the pedals, but it does an excellent job of smoothing out square edges on the road. Specialized are firm believers that ‘Smoother is Faster’ but so is aero.
The bike build process typically takes 2-3 days to complete depending on the bike model and the complexity of the build. Built for distance and speed, lightweight road bikes let you push your limits. Our easy-to-use SmartFIT widget determines your perfect frame size. You choose your dream components package (be it the top-of-the-line Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, the economical Shimano 105, or something in-between).
The latter is excellent for racing and training because it makes it easier to fine-tune pedaling effort. Wider gearing offers easier low gears so it’s ideal for mountain riding and for when huffy mountain bike you’re not in tip-top shape. There are many wheelsets on the market designed for general and specific types of riding. Most use minimal spoke counts , which cuts wind drag and wheel weight.
The geometry matches the new SuperSix Evo, and the CAAD13 retains the light steering and crisp response to pedal input. Dropped chainstays and a D-shaped seat-post greatly improve comfort, and Cannondale has used hydroforming to incorporated truncated aerofoils to help the frame slice through the wind. Despite their illustrious histories, Italian manufacturers are generally not renowned for being on the cutting edge of bicycle design. We tend to think of Italian racing bikes as beautiful, classic, perhaps even old fashioned – but the reality is that, with Wilier at least, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many of the best endurance road bikes feature compliance zones, optimised tube shapes or suspension systems to isolate the rider from poor road surfaces and fatigue-inducing vibrations. Relaxed geometry, larger tyres and disk brakes make these bikes steady and predictable, ready to tackle any long-distance ride no matter the terrain. Borrowing design cues from the Cento10 Pro aero bike, it’s a thoroughly modern lightweight bike.
That made us take a serious look at the H-series in the Avant line. Look for the details that make a difference when selecting your road bicycle. A contoured, ergonomically shaped seat relieves pressure points and feels comfortable during long hours in the saddle, while no-slip handlebar grips prevent slips during long rides. Rim brakes employ a soft rubber brake pad, while disc brakes use a metallic disc as a pad.
With seven wins at Paris-Roubaix, our Roubaix has proven that Smoother is Faster. Until this moment, however, smooth has admittedly come with some compromises. Sure, but don’t call it a comfort bike, because performance was behind every engineering decision we made. This Roubaix Comp provides a tremendous value, but like the frame itself, this value doesn’t come with any compromises. – The Future Shock 2.0 is the result of our pro rider’s demands for the cobbles of Roubaix. It’s smoother, faster, and gives you more control via a knob atop the stem.
The mix of fibers used and their lay-up determine the bike’s ride feel and more expensive bikes will use more high modulus carbon fiber, which lowers the weight without reducing the bike’s strength. The lightweight Emonda gives you great braking and plenty of comfort, thanks to its 28mm tires, carbon seatpost and comfort-oriented ride position. Beyond that there are loads of things to think about if you’re looking to buy a new road bike. This bike is easier to assemble than some of the others on this list, and the well-fitted components will be rideable without a tuneup for at least a few hundred miles.