What every best Road Bikes has:
- A strong, lightweight frame.
- Light, reliable wheels.
- An easy-to-pedal crankset
Bike Radar's Bike of the Year Awards provide a great jumping-off point for anyone looking for a stellar road bike. The page links to in-depth reviews that are balanced and comparative. This site also hosts a number of other roundups and reviews of all kinds of bikes, accessories and components.
Road.cc includes a number of handy roundups of the best road bikes at certain price points, but the site also includes detailed expert reviews of a wide range of individual bikes. Reviews are in-depth and balanced, presenting pros and cons clearly and sometimes comparing bikes to other popular models.
This excellent ranking of 10 budget-friendly road bikes doesn't gloss over the cons that come with buying a cheaper bike, and it does an excellent job comparing models for entry-level riders. The article is thorough, providing in-depth reviews, sizing tips, and advice on what buyers can reasonably expect from these bikes.
Good Housekeeping's road bike reviews are detailed and even-handed, including an "expert verdict" that summarizes findings; ratings for ease of use, design, performance, and instructions; and a thorough list of what reviewers liked and didn't like during testing.
Known for its cycling news coverage, this British website offers in-depth bike reviews that include pros and cons, and rate the bikes on a 10-point scale. While the reviews aren't as easy to find as some, you have to do some searching, they have a good number of them.
This roundup of current road bikes is an example of one of many such articles on Bicycling.com, which provide a good snap shot of pros and cons for popular models. The site also features several more in-depth, expert-written reviews of bikes.
RoadBikeReview.com includes buyers' reviews of hundreds of road bikes, and more popular, established models have amassed dozens of opinions. Reviewers rate each bike on a five-point scale, noting strengths, weaknesses and a bottom line. Buyers should beware that some bikes may have undergone significant changes from what was reviewed with their most recent models, however.
Customers can share their opinions of and experiences with products they purchase at Amazon.com, which includes a decent selection of lower-end road bikes. Reviewers' feedback ranges from brief to quite detailed.
This popular Australian blog offers extensive technical testing and reviews, along with lots of pictures. This review of the Diamondback Airen notes pros and cons on performance, presentation, value for the money and handling.
Though MountainOnline.com primarily focuses on mountain bikes, the Diamondback Airen is one road bike that made the cut for a full review, which is brief but balanced with advice on pros, cons, and the ideal customer for this model.
IceBike.org is a bike-comparison site where buyers can find the lowest prices on specific models. It also features short reviews of each bike, which editors rate on a five-point scale.
This generalist outdoors site features one of the better reviews of the inexpensive Giordano Libero 1.6 bike, and it is obviously based on real-world use and testing. The site includes a separate roundup of budget bikes, but it is uniformly positive and likely not based on testing.
REI carries several dozen low- and mid-range road bikes, though its brand selection is limited to mostly Cannondale and Diamondback with a few others thrown in. Reviews, though relatively sparse, rate bikes on a five-star scale.