Road Bike Ratings

Updated May 31, 2013
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Road Bike Ratings

1. BikeRadar.com Bikes & Gear Review Archive, BikeRadar.com, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Some British cycling magazines, including Cycling Plus and Pro Cycling, post professional reviews on BikeRadar.com. The site also performs its own testing, and write-ups are generally detailed and thorough. Each bike is rated on a five-point scale. The only downside is some of the bikes aren't widely available in the U.S.
2. Amazon.com Cycling, Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Customers can share their opinions of and experiences with products they purchase at Amazon.com. They must give the product a score of up to 5 stars and some additional commentary. Feedback is usually brief, but is occasionally lengthy and detailed.
3. Buzzillions.com Road Bike Reviews, Buzzillions.com, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Buzzillions.com compiles user reviews from a variety of online retailers and bike manufacturer websites. We remain skeptical of reviews listed on manufacturer sites, but Buzzillions.com seems to offer pretty balanced opinions.
4. Triathlon Plus Best Long Distance Bikes for Triathlon, Triathlon Plus, Feb. 11, 2013
Credibility:
Triathlon Plus magazine features excellent group tests. This one evaluates four of the best long-distance bikes for triathlons, including the Trek Madone 3.1, Felt Z5 and Bianchi's Sempre Pro Veloce. Top honors go to Giant's Defy Advanced 2.
5. Triathlon Plus Best Women's Bikes Review, Triathlon Plus, July 31, 2012
Credibility:
This Triathlon Plus group test evaluates four of the best women's bikes, including the Giant Avail Advanced 2, Scott Contessa Foil, Specialized Amira Elite and Focus Izalco Donna 3.0. Each bike gets an intensive hands-on critique, then is given individual ratings for performance and value, plus an overall score.
6. Road Bike Action Tech - Product Reviews, Road Bike Action, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Road Bike Action Magazine tests one or two road bikes per month and reviews are technically detailed. The bikes aren't rated, but editors offer a "final thought" or "wrap up" verdict. The magazine also covers the 2013 model year product launches.
7. Cycling Weekly Bike Reviews & Gear: Latest Reviews, Cycling Weekly, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Known for its cycling news coverage, this British website offers short, punchy bike reviews that include pros and cons, and rate the bike on a five-point scale. A few feature articles delve deeper into the latest tech advances on new bikes.
8. Bicycling Magazine 2012 Editors' Choice Road Bike Winners, Bicycling Magazine, June 2012
Credibility:
Bicycling Magazine testers evaluate what editors consider to be the 28 best bikes of 2012 and choose their favorites in various categories, including commuter/city bikes, entry-level road bikes, flat-bar road bikes, plush bikes, race bikes, recreational and women's road bikes. However, the short reviews don't provide much criticism and the bikes aren't rated.
9. Bicycling Magazine 2012 Buyer's Guide: Entry-Level Road Bikes, Bicycling Magazine, 2012
Credibility:
Bicycling Magazine editors test a lot of bikes, but reviews are very brief, lack much criticism and aren't rated.
10. Cycling Tips Product Reviews, Cycling Tips, As of June 2013
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This popular Australian blog offers extensive technical testing and reviews, along with lots of pictures. Editors rate the bikes on a 10-point scale based on performance, presentation, value for the money and handling.
11. Outside The 7 Best Road Bikes of Summer 2012, Outside, June 1, 2012
Credibility:
Gulley puts seven high-end road bikes through their paces in Tucson, Arizona, including the Bianchi Impulso/Ultegra, Pinarello FP Due, Giant TCR Advanced, Cervelo S5 VWD, Cannondale SuperSix Evo 1 Dura Ace and Wilier Triestina Zero7. Each bike is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 based on handling and responsiveness.
12. 220 Triathlon magazine Triathlon Gear - Bike, 220 Triathlon magazine, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Although 220 Triathlon is a British magazine aimed at triathletes, editors occasionally offer detailed, balanced reviews of new road bikes and rate them on a percentage scale. Evaluations aren't dated, however.
13. CommuteByBike.com Reviews, CommuteByBike.com, As of June 2013
Credibility:
This site offers news, tips, articles and reviews geared toward the commuter bicyclist. Write-ups are fairly detailed and well balanced as far as each bike's pros and cons are concerned, but reviews aren't broken into categories and are arranged alphabetically, not by date.
14. Road.cc Bike of the Year, Road.cc, Jan. 1, 2013
Credibility:
This British cycling website offers detailed, test-based reviews of road bikes based on a 5-point scale, although more than a few aren't widely available in the U.S. Editors pick their top 10 test bikes from the last 12 months plus a five-bike "superbike shootout."
15. Peloton Magazine Tested, Peloton Magazine, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Peloton's gear reviews are extensive and its high-res photos of parts are helpful. However, the write-ups are rarely critical and don't offer a verdict or ratings of the bikes.
16. BestRoadBikeReviews.org Archive for the 'Road Bike Reviews' Category, BestRoadBikeReviews.org, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Editors say they're dedicated to providing quality reviews of best-selling and top-rated brands of road bikes based on users' comments. While the site admits that it's "an affiliate site for sellers whose products are reviewed or offered for sale," reviews do include some negative comments.
17. Buzzillions.com Road Bike Reviews, Buzzillions.com, As of June 2013
Credibility:
Buzzillions.com compiles user reviews from a variety of online retailers and bike manufacturer websites. We remain skeptical of feedback listed on manufacturer sites, but Buzzillions.com seems to offer fairly balanced opinions.
18. Men's Journal Best Road Bikes 2012, Men's Journal, May 2012
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In the magazine's annual Gear Issue, its tech editor highlights his five best picks that include the Felt AR4, Giant TCR Advanced 2, Specialized Roubaix Apex Compact, Cannondale CAAD10 5 105 and Cervélo R5 VWD.
19. Buzzle.com Best Road Bikes 2012, Buzzle.com, July 23, 2012
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This consumer journalist site posts reviews of some of the best road bikes for 2012, and a brief buyer's guide lists what you should know about road bikes before purchasing one.