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Performance Road Bikes

Performance road bikes are probably the most popular category of road bikes, and are designed for speed over short or long distances. Compared to touring bikes, they focus on speed and low weight. While not designed purely for racing, performance road bikes are still quite capable of being ridden in organized events such as century rides and other semi-competitive events.

In order to find the best price for any of the bikes in our recommended bike tables below, just click the name of the bike. That should open a pop-up window with additional information. (If clicking the name of the bike doesn’t open a pop-up window, please submit a comment on the Contact Us page telling us which page and which bike and we’ll get it fixed ASAP. Thanks!). In the pop-up window, click on the Comparison tab to see recommended retailers and their current prices. Please refer to Cheap Bikes’ Price Categories for a more detailed explanation of what the number of dollar signs means.

The Best Performance Road Bikes ($ Very Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeWeightPrice
Orbea Avant H40700c$1149
Charge Plug 3700c$1349
Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5 105 Disc700c21 lbs.$1569

The Best Performance Road Bikes ($$ Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeWeightPrice
GT Grade Alloy X Rival700c$1649
Diamondback Century 3 Carbon700c19 lbs. 6 oz.$1699
Diamondback Century 4 Carbon700c18 lbs. 2 oz.$1999

The Best Performance Road Bikes ($$$ Moderately Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeWeightPrice
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 5700c18 lbs. 4.8 oz.$2199
Diamondback Podium E'tape 105700c16 lbs. 15 oz.$2399
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 105 Disc700c19 lbs. 6.4 oz.$2499

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