Entry Level Road Bikes
Some of our Favorite Beginner Friendly Road Bikes
Whether you’re flying past feed stations on a century ride or ripping your favorite post-work loop, the Fuji Sportif 2.3 keeps you comfortable while happily obliging when you feel like speeding things up. The A2-SL double-butted aluminum frame and carbon fork offer superb comfort; the extended wheelbase and generous head tube height mean increased stability and decreased strain on your back when you’re out on the road. Vera Corsa wheels are smooth-rolling and mounted with a set of grippy Vera Helios tires for traction through corners. The Shimano 8-Speed Claris shifters and Shimano Sora rear derailleur combine for a reliable and crisp shifting experience. Chew up the climbs with the wide range of gears provided by the Fuji compact crankset and SRAM 11-32T cassette. And, the Oval Concepts R300 saddle keeps you comfortable while more Oval Concepts components round out the build.
Answer the alluring call of the open road on Masi's Inizio. With its light, stiff Masi MA5 double-butted aluminum frame, you have the efficiency to rocket off the line and up the hills, while the vibration-damping Elite/RS carbon fork smooths out the ride. You also get lightweight aluminum wheels that get up to speed fast and a climb-conquering, wide-range Shimano Claris 16-speed drivetrain. Masi's own BREV.M forged aluminum cockpit and seat post trims unnecessary weight while the 28mm tires deliver a smooth, precise ride in all pavement conditions. Reliable Tektro brakes keep it all under control, and the quality Masi saddle supports your comfort mile-after-mile.
Expand your riding world with weekend excursions through rolling countryside or by ditching the car and making your daily commute the best part of your day with Fuji’s Finest 2.1. The women’s-specific A2-SL aluminum frame sports a short top tube to ensure a comfortable position as well as ample standover clearance for easy on and off, all while providing a nimble, responsive ride. The carbon fork soaks up road vibration and delivers superior tracking, allowing you to carve corners at speed. Smooth-rolling Vera Corsa wheels with wide Vera Helios tires are complimented by powerful dual-pivot brakes, so you can slow down just as quickly as you can accelerate. A smooth-functioning Shimano 16-speed drivetrain allows you to easily shift gears and brake without changing your hand position, while the 11-32-tooth and compact crankset let you conquer almost any hill that gets in your way. A sleek Oval Concepts R300 saddle is designed specifically to keep you comfortable on long rides, and the reliable Oval Concepts aluminum components will last for seasons to come.
Trek's 1.1 is a great choice for road riding fun. It boasts Trek's light, nimble-handling Alpha aluminum frame that has a slightly higher front end and handlebars for comfort. To make the most of that increased comfort, this sweet road machine is equipped with easy-rolling Bontrager wheels, powerful dual-pivot brakes for confidence and control, and a 16-speed drivetrain with a wide-range crankset for flying up the climbs. You'll also appreciate the Bontrager saddle and reliable Bontrager components.
Trek's Lexa is designed from the ground up for women so it fits perfectly and rides like a dream. Its light, nimble-handling Alpha aluminum frame dances down the road and floats up the climbs. This thoroughbred is equipped with precision components from the easy-rolling Bontrager wheels and tires, to the smooth-shifting, wide-range Shimano drivetrain and confidence-inspiring brakes with women's-specific levers. You also get a supportive women's saddle and a Bontrager bar and stem for serious comfort. The Lexa takes you everywhere you want to go, from charity rides to cruising local loops for fitness.
The Strada is based on Bianchi's classic double-butted steel frames and proven touring geometry for a ride that's equally at home running errands and cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. The steel frame smooths less-than-perfect tarmac and makes long-distance rides a joy. A full set of rack and fender eyelets, a head's-up seating position, and flat handlebars allow you to roll the Strada however you see fit, whether it's light and fast for a weekend ride or loaded down with groceries. Shimano Claris drivetrain components provide reliably smooth shifts, a wide, hill-topping gear range, and incredibly easy use. Cantilever brakes are smooth and powerful, while the light aluminum wheels with street-tough Vittoria tires climb and descend with ease. Toss in ergo grips and a supportive saddle from Bianchi, and the Strada is a one-stop ride for cyclists of all stripes.
Feel the wind on your face as the miles roll by on Cannondale's fast, comfortable Women's Synapse Claris 8. You'll love the lively feel of the lightweight aluminum frame and vibration-damping carbon fork. Every ride is efficient and fun thanks to a host of quality components including lightweight Maddux wheels with great Schwalbe tires, powerful Tektro brakes for speed control, and a hill-conquering, 16-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain that makes the climbs melt away. Up, down, or across flats, women's-specific parts like a Cannondale handlebar and ergonomic saddle keep you comfortable.
Whatever your riding plans, you'll make the grade on GT's Grade FB Comp! The responsive and lightweight aluminum frame cruises over tarmac and gravel while the all-day geometry provides stability, a back-friendly tall headtube, and excellent handling. The flat handlebars provide a wide, comfortable, and control-enhancing hand position. The hills and valleys of the open road are no match for a wide-range, 24-speed Shimano drivetrain, and rider's have incredible control under their fingertips with a pair of all-weather capable Tektro disc brakes. Mixed terrain Kenda tires let you follow your path on and off the pavement. GT components provide great ergonomics and rider contact points for all-day epics or around-town jaunts.
You’ll enjoy the excitement, speed, and fun of the open road on Schwinn’s Fastback 2. Its triple butted-aluminum frame is light and efficient for a wonderful road feel, and it boasts a carbon fork that damps vibrations for a super-smooth ride. The 18-speed FSA/Shimano Sora compact drivetrain provides a wide gear range for easy climbing and the powerful dual-pivot Schwinn brakes offer excellent modulation to slow your roll. You also get aero wheels, quality tires, and a supportive Schwinn seat.
The address of Edoardo Bianchi's first workshop in Milan was 7 Via Nirone. This is a responsive and rigid frame in triple-butted 6061-series aluminum throughout with hydroformed sections to ensure the highest standards of design and performance. The S-Sport Sora brings a bit of classic street style back to this rig with an urban flat-bar setup that's comfortable cruising country roads or keeping pace with traffic in the city. Faithful Reparto Corse wheels are lightweight and tough companions worthy of all of your travels, and they come wrapped in Vittoria rubber for traction and confidence-inspiring control.
The CAAD Optimo is the perfect gateway bike for aspiring riders. Its race-bred performance and welcoming price will get you hooked on cycling in no time. Premium SmartForm alloy tubing is lighter and boasts a smooth ride. Elite race geometry puts you in position to perform, and SAVE flex zones absorb shock for better control. Shimano's Sora drivetrain provides smooth shifts, and Cannondale's own dual-pivot brakes ensure confident, powerful braking.
Get ready to take flight on Masi's Alare Disc! Masi's light, stiff MA5 double-butted aluminum frame has plenty of get-up-and-go, and Masi's corner-carving Elite carbon fork smooths road chatter to keep you feeling fresh. The Brev M aluminum wheels roll fast and smooth, while the grippy Kenda tires let you descend with total confidence. And, you'll rule the pavement with Shimano's Sora drivetrain, a setup that boasts quick, easy shifts and 18 hill-topping gears. Powerful flat-mount disc brakes reign in your speed, and it all meshes seamlessly with high-quality Brev M components for a pro-level fit and ride.
Schwinn's Super Sport CX is ready for fast loops on a cyclocross course or long touring trips. With its light, efficient triple-butted aluminum frame and its easy-rolling 700c wheels, you'll wonder where the miles went. You also get a smooth-shifting 18-speed Shimano Sora drivetrain that makes easy work of the hills and superb mechanical-disc brakes for excellent speed control. Plus, you'll enjoy Schwinn's comfortable road saddle and double gel bar-tape.
Trek's 1.2 Compact is a shining example of trickle-down technology. The heart and soul of this speed demon is Trek's 100 Alpha Series aluminum frame and carbon fork, an impressive combination often seen on much more expensive machines. Add Shimano's reliable wide-range 18-speed drivetrain, powerful dual-pivot brakes and select Bontrager parts and you have an amazing road rig. It's ready, willing, and able to take you everywhere you want to go, from touring the countryside to cruising local loops for fitness to joining the weekend group rides.
Trek's 1.2 C is a shining example of trickle-down technology. The heart and soul of this speed demon is Trek's 100 Alpha Series aluminum frame and carbon fork, an impressive combination often seen on much more expensive machines. Add Shimano's reliable wide-range 18-speed drivetrain, powerful dual-pivot brakes and select Bontrager parts and you have an amazing road rig. It's ready, willing, and able to take you everywhere you want to go, from touring the countryside to cruising local loops for fitness to joining the weekend group rides.
Fuji's Sportif features a relaxed riding position for less fatigue and more comfort whether you're on a long-distance road ride or exploring lesser-traveled, lesser-paved roads. The aluminum frame has a longer wheelbase for stability on rough surfaces and a taller head tube for a comfortable, upright position. The lightweight carbon fork reduces weight and road buzz, so you stay comfortable no matter how long you ride. Quick Vera Corsa wheels and Vera Helios tires will keep you rolling, while the Shimano Sora drivetrain gets you up hills with ease. Rack and fender mounts increase the bike's utility, and clearance for wider tires offers the opportunity to create your own cycling adventure on roads less traveled.
Stylish, affordable, and packed with modern upgrades, the Masi Alare Bellisima proves that performance cycling doesn’t have to break the bank. The Alare Bellissima offers sizing options for riders that are more proportionately matched to their shorter upper body torso by utilizing Masi's proprietary BREV. M zero offset seat post combined with shorter stem and narrower bars. The MA5 series aluminum frame features a taller tapered head tube while the Alare’s "Comfort Tuned" geometry creates the perfect choice for those challenging Gran Fondos. The addition of road specific flat mount disc brakes and proprietary BREV.M 28mm rims combine to deliver a great value package that includes the precision and reliability of Shimano’s Sora R3000 group. - Comfort Tuned MA5 disc aluminum frame, featuring Masi's proven endurance geometry, tapered 1.5" head tube & flat mount disc mounts - Masi Elite/RS carbon fork with tapered 7075 alloy steerer - Mechanical disc brakes for all-condition stopping power - Shimano Sora R3000 9 speed shifters & derailleurs deliver reliable performance - Brev. M 3D forged cockpit proportionately designed for shorter torsos with zero offset post, shorter stem, and narrower bars - FSA Vero Pro cranks with 48/32t right-size gearing featuring a climb-crushing 1:1 low gear - Lightweight Brev. M tubeless-compatible race disc rims, perfect for today’s high-volume tubeless tires - Clearance for up to a 32mm tire means you can swap tires according to conditions/rider preference
Rocketing down serpentine descents, flattening hilly centuries, and scorching the blacktop, Trek's Lexa S Triple does all that and more. Its Trek Alpha White aluminum frame and carbon fork are light, stiff and velvety smooth for all-day comfort. The Lexa was designed from the start with women in mind, so it offers a custom fit you'll love. And, it boasts fine components including an FSA/Shimano 27-speed drivetrain for sailing over climbs and powerful dual-pivot brakes for total control on the way back down. Other noteworthy goodies include the sweet Bontrager women's seat, bar and stem.
If you're searching for one bike to do it all, look no further than than Trek's CrossRip. This machine loves long rides on the road, cruising along dirt roads, commutes in the city and even down-n-dirty cross racing. Its light aluminum frame is lively, fast and ridiculously fun to ride. Shimano gives you an 24-speed drivetrain with triple cranks up front that are perfect for the steepest hills. And since you have fender and rack mounts as well, you'll have some off season and gear-hauling capacity.
If you're searching for one bike to do it all, look no further than Trek's CrossRip. This machine loves long rides on the road, cruising along dirt roads, commutes in the city and even down-n-dirty cyclocross racing. Its Trek light aluminum frame is lively, fast and ridiculously fun to ride. Shimano gives you a 24-speed drivetrain perfect for the steepest hills and Tektro provides their excellent brakes for speed control. And since you get fender and rack mounts as well, you have great off-season and gear-hauling capacity to boot!
Zooming down serpentine descents, flattening hilly centuries, and cruising with the ladies, Trek's Lexa S C does all that and more. Its Alpha aluminum frame and carbon fork are light, stiff and velvety smooth for all-day comfort. The Lexa was designed from the start with women in mind, so it offers a custom fit you'll love. And, it boasts legit components including a wide-range FSA/Shimano 18-speed drivetrain for sailing over climbs and powerful dual-pivot brakes for total control on the way back down. Other noteworthy goodies include the Bontrager wheels and tires, the comfy, supportive Bontrager women's saddle and the reliable Bonty bar and stem.
The CAAD Optimo is the perfect gateway bike for aspiring riders. Its race-bred performance and welcoming price will get you hooked on cycling in no time. Premium SmartForm alloy tubing is lighter and provides a smooth ride. Elite race geometry puts you in position to perform, and SAVE flex zones absorb shock for better control. Shimano's Tiagra drivetrain provides smooth shifts, and Cannondale's own caliper brakes ensure confident, powerful braking.
Jump into the world of road cycling with Cannondale's fast CAAD8 7 SORA. Its svelte Cannondale aluminum frame features a shaped down tube with a large-diameter and thin-wall profile for a light, stiff, and efficient ride. The relaxed frame geometry is dialed for long rides and up front the vibration-damping carbon fork smooths the way. In the components department you get a smooth-rolling Maddux wheelset propelled by a precision-shifting FSA/Shimano 18-speed drivetrain with wide-range gearing for easier climbing. And a nice bar, stem, seatpost and seat from Cannondale rounds out the specs.
Jump feet first into the world of road riding on Cannondale's CAAD8 Sora 7! Cannondale's mastery of aluminum frames is evident when you inspect the shaped, large-diameter tubes with their super thin-wall profiles. This creates an optimum blend of low weight and stiffness for awesome efficiency and incredible road feel. The Cannondale Ultra carbon fork offers precision steering and mutes road vibrations for a super-smooth ride. The quick-rolling Maddux wheelset with fast and grippy Schwalbe tires make the miles fly by. Throw in a sure-shifting Shimano Sora drivetrain, complete with climb-conquering gears and powerful Cannondale dual-pivot brakes, and total control rests just under your hands. A stem, bar, seatpost, and saddle from Cannondale ensure that rider comfort and ergonomics stay high.
Whether you're new to road riding or a seasoned cyclist, Cannondale's Synapse Aluminum Sora has something to offer. Synapse Endurance Race Geometry appeals to Gran Fondo specialists, high-mileage junkies, and riders who love the thought of a fast, fun, comfortable riding position. SAVE PLUS micro-suspension and aluminum frame shaping provides compliance to smooth out the road. The Synapse also pulls double duty, with hidden rack and fender mounts taking the bike out of strict weekend duty and onto your daily commute. Charity rides or daily fitness spins, Shimano's Sora 18-speed drivetrain features great ergonomics, easy to use controls, and smooth, light shifting action. Light aluminum Maddux wheels are fast and responsive, and when they're paired with high-quality Schwalbe tires they're primed to carve the turns. Tektro dual-pivot brakes are there when you need them, with smooth, well-modulated stopping power. Throw in a sleek, supportive Cannondale saddle, and a batch of Cannondale's own prime components, and this bike is ready for new riders as well as experienced roadies.
$1,030.00 - $1,050.00
The perfect position creates the perfect ride, and Cannondale's Synapse Sora geometry keeps you more comfortable, and therefore, better able to perform for longer distances. You heard it right: comfort yields speed. With a lightweight aluminum frame and road-smoothing SAVE microsuspension technology, the Synapse dulls road buzz, so you can you can explore on rough roads. A tried-and-true Shimano Sora drivetrain and Promax brakes put you in absolute control, while lightweight aluminum rims and tough Cannondale components finish out this durable road companion.
Bianchi's Lupo can go nearly anywhere; it's equally at home on pavement and gravel roads, is ready for long and short rides, and is more than capable of fully-loaded touring! Its rugged chromoly frameset accelerates, climbs, and corners like a dream while soaking up road vibrations for sweet comfort. The Lupo boasts a 27-speed Shimano drivetrain for cruising over hill and dale, while the cantilever brakes deliver serious stopping power and super mud and fender clearance. Plus, the reliable Alex 700c rims and fat 32mm-wide Vittoria tires mean you cruise quickly and comfortably.
If you're searching for one bike to do it all, look no further than than Trek's CrossRip Comp. This machine is ready for the road, gravel, commutes, and even some cyclocross racing. Its light aluminum frame teams up with a carbon fork, making it fast and fun to ride. Shimano gives you a 24-speed drivetrain with 3-ring cranks up front that are perfect for the steepest hills. And since you have rack and fender mounts as well, you have some gear-hauling and foul-weather capacity. Disc brakes give you all-conditions stopping too, so go ahead, commute all winter long and tour the sloppiest dirt roads. The tires are Bontrager Hard-Cases, so flats are pretty much a thing of the past as well.
On anything from fast group rides to daily commutes, the Synapse’s low weight, comfortable sportive position, and smooth ride will help you fall in love with cycling. An asymmetrical fork balances disc loads to deliver World Tour sprinter-level stiffness. Cannondale's SAVE frame technology tunes out harsh choppy road surfaces and tunes you in to what's happening at your tires, so you can concentrate on nailing the right line or beating the sun home. And with room for tires as big as 32mm, you can embrace the back roads, rough roads, highways and byways. A capable Shimano Sora drivetrain gives you the gear range to make short work of hills, disc brakes keep you in control, and lightweight aluminum wheels provide plenty of zip. Cannondale's own handlebar, stem, and saddle make finding your ideal position easier than ever, and they're lightweight, to boot.
On anything from fast group rides to daily commutes, the Synapse’s low weight, comfortable sportive position, and smooth ride will help you fall in love with cycling. An asymmetrical fork balances disc loads to deliver World Tour sprinter-level stiffness. Cannondale's SAVE frame technology tunes out harsh choppy road surfaces and tunes you in to what's happening at your tires, so you can concentrate on nailing the right line or beating the sun home. And with room for tires as big as 32mm, you can embrace the back roads, rough roads, highways and byways. A capable Shimano Sora drivetrain gives you the gear range to make short work of hills, disc brakes keep you in control, and lightweight aluminum wheels provide plenty of zip. Cannondale's own handlebar, stem, and women’s saddle make finding your ideal position easier than ever, and they're lightweight, to boot.
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