5 Best Men's Road Bikes - Oct. 2022 - BestReviews (2023)

Any kind of cycling is great for your fitness (and great fun), but if you're looking for speed and distance rather than rocks and dirt, you'll want a good men's road bike.

The choice is vast. There is a bike for just about every pocket and every performance demand. But with dozens of different gear, frame, shifter, and brake combinations, picking the right road bike for your needs can be a challenge.

We at BestReviews have been looking at the enormous range of bikes available and compiled the following shopping guide for men’s road bikes to help you make an informed buying decision.

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Professionals wear helmets and so should you. U.S. Department of Transportation figures state that 74% of fatal cycling accidents are the result of head injury. Don't be one of those statistics.

What is a men's road bike?

A men's road bike is pretty straightforward, right? Drop handlebars, skinny tires, built for speed. Yes, but there are two categories of men’s road bike, and each category has two different names! Confused? We’ll explain.

The two categories of road bike are sportive (also called endurance) and racing (sometimes called aero, for aerodynamic). While both types look very similar, there are important differences. At a glance, the differences might appear relatively minor, but the bikes are noticeably different to ride. One note of caution: it's not unknown for manufacturers to be overly enthusiastic with their descriptions. Just because something is called a “racing” bicycle doesn't mean it is. Study the specifications carefully before buying.

Sportive/endurance bikes: The riding position on these bikes is a little more upright and so more comfortable for riding over long distances. The frame geometry gives good stability. Unless you're committed to racing at every opportunity, it's likely the sportive type is what you want. Most low- and medium-priced men's road bikes fall into this category (though there are exceptions).

Racing/aero bikes: These bikes have a more radical geometry. The rider sits lower. These bikes can be more aerodynamic, with more focus on straight-line speed. The top tube is longer on a race frame, but unless you can stand them side by side, the comparison isn't easy. A race frame will usually be described as such, or the term “aero” will be used.

Men's road bike features to consider

Frame size

This is very important if you're planning on spending a lot of time on your bike. A bike that's too big or too small – regardless of the adjustability of the seat or handlebar height – isn't going to be comfortable.

It's an option that's likely to cost you money. Budget men's road bikes generally come “one-size-fits-all,” which is OK if you're what the manufacturer thinks is “average” height. If you want proper choice (some bikes are available in as many as six different sizes), you'll need to invest more. Really, it's all about how often you'll be on your bike. You might get away with “average,” but will the discomfort simply put you off riding? Experts invariably recommend you get a proper fit. Manufacturers provide size guides, so if sufficient choice is available, it's easy to select the right one for your height.

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Frame material

Steel: Until the late 20th century, just about every road bike had a steel frame – from the most basic to race-winning professional cycles. Steel is cheap, easy to work with, strong, and durable. It can be comparatively heavy, but specialist manufacturers make lightweight steel tube specifically for bicycle use. However, as the price of aluminium dropped, steel became less popular. You can still find steel-framed road bikes, but they’re often specialist high-end or one-off custom models commanding premium prices.

Aluminium: Anybody who can weld can weld steel, but the same is not true of aluminium. Nevertheless, more workable alloys (notably 6061 aluminium, which contains magnesium and silicon), and lower material costs have led to it becoming the dominant material for road bike frames by a considerable margin. It's light, doesn't rust, and though not quite as strong as steel, tough enough for men's road bikes.

Carbon fibre: If you're an avid club racer or a professional, chances are you want a frame made of carbon fibre. It's incredibly light and immensely strong. It can be formed in different shapes, delivering advanced aerodynamics. But carbon fibre is expensive, and if you crash, it can be subject to stress fractures. The damage can be hard to see, so if you do fall, it's important to check the whole frame carefully.

Titanium: Titanium alloy is lighter and stiffer than steel, but it’s very expensive. In order to make it usable, titanium has to be alloyed, usually with aluminium. Even then, making the frame is difficult because oxygen can't be allowed to enter the weld as it's formed or it will be brittle and likely fail. Unless you're having a bespoke, one-off frame built, you're unlikely to come across it.

Fork

Your bicycle’s fork takes a lot of stress, so it needs stiffness, but it also needs to flex under braking. Steel offers both, and a steel fork is used on many aluminium-framed bikes.

Carbon fibre forks are a popular upgrade, offering good weight savings in an area of the bike where it will have the most impact without the cost of a full carbon frame. Carbon fibre forks are also better than steel or aluminium at absorbing road vibration, and so add comfort to your ride.

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Wheels and tires

700c: Bike rims are either aluminium or carbon fibre, and 700c is the most common size for a men's road bike. This was originally a French measurement (700mm) that included the tire diameter. That got confusing because two sets of 700c wheels could be different sizes! That's no longer the case because 700c has been standardised, but that doesn't mean it's any less confusing. The actual size of a 700c wheel is 622 mm, but they're often called 28 inches (with tire included). You'll sometimes see forks described as 700c. It's an indication of the wheel they are designed to accommodate.

650c: The alternative, though rare, is a 650c (571mm) wheel. These are normally found on mountain bikes, but might be fitted to a small road bike.

Tires: Your bike will likely come with general-purpose road tires. The tread is often angular, a good compromise between straight-line stability and the ability to clear water. Unidirectional treads, and even slicks, are available for racing.

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Groupsets

A groupset (or gruppo) is the combination of gears and brakes – invariably supplied by the same company. One of the main reasons for this is that shifters and brake levers are now normally combined in the same handlebar-mounted units. The number of gears you need is a complex issue that we look at in more detail in the FAQ section of this guide. Suffice it to say you'll never be short of choice. There are several different configurations of groupsets.

  • Some have a button to shift, with the brake lever separate.

  • Some have a shift lever tucked behind the brake lever.

  • Some use the brake lever itself – a sideways motion changes gear – while applying the brakes is done by pulling on the lever as normal.

There isn't really a best option here – it's a matter of personal preference. You can find a wide range of quality products – from good entry-level sets to high-end racing equipment. All are easy to use and, more importantly, have a fast, easy action. You're not fumbling around for a gear change, so you can concentrate on your riding.

Brakes

There are two options for road bike brakes: calliper (also called rim brakes) and disc.

Calliper: Men's road bikes will most likely have callipers. Callipers are simple, so they're easy to look after. They're inexpensive. It's also easier to change wheels because the brake isn't part of it. Some wheels have textured rims to improve the performance of calliper brakes.

Disc: Disc brakes have become increasingly popular on mountain bikes. Discs perform better in wet conditions, and many riders say they give more “feel,” but it's a matter of personal choice. It’s a decision best made at the outset, though. Disc brake upgrade kits are available for some road bikes, but they’re complicated to fit and might require you to buy new wheels.

Pedals

There are three choices when comes to pedals: platform, toe clip, and clipless.

Platform pedals are the standard type you see on every kind of bicycle. You rest your foot on them and push.

Toe clips were popular with racers for a long time, though not so much now. A metal frame, often with a leather strap, holds the toe of your shoe securely so your foot won't slip off the pedal as you apply force. These pedals aren't dependent on your footwear.

Clipless pedals, also called clip-in, actually use clips! These pedals have an interlocking combination of a cycling shoe with a cleat, and a catch – or sprung jaw – on the pedal. It provides the same level of security as toe clips but has a much faster action. The downside is that you need specific footwear.

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Did you know?

The single, double, or triple sprockets attached to the pedal crank are the chainring. The set of seven to eleven sprockets on the back wheel is the cassette. Multiply the two to get the total number of speeds. A triple chainring with a seven-speed cassette is a 21-speed road bike.

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Men's road bike prices

You can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to over $10,000 for a men’s road bike.

Inexpensive: There are quite a few cheap men's road bikes around the $150 price bracket, but component quality and frame construction seldom reach the standards we like to see. You'll find a few good entry-level bikes for about $250 to $450. These are fine for commuting and modest weekend jaunts.

Mid-range: Keen road cyclists will want to invest more, and there are plenty of excellent men's endurance bikes and a few carbon fibre race bikes in the $600 to $1,000 bracket. In fact, there’s so much choice that you can pretty much write your own wish list and then pick the model that matches it.

Expensive: Beyond that, you're looking at a serious investment, and seriously exotic equipment. It isn’t difficult to spend $3,000 or $4,000 on a carbon-framed men's racing bike, and professional models can top $10,000.

Tips

  • Follow bike assembly instructions carefully. You can often save money by buying your men's road bike online, but most (though not all) require some assembly upon arrival. Follow instructions carefully and don't rush it. It's also worth checking for helpful videos online. It's usually a straightforward, one-person job, but it does no harm to have a friend lend a hand who might spot something you miss.

  • Invest in some cycling shorts for long rides. Slender road bike seats look uncomfortable. If you're new to road bikes, riding one does take a while to get used to, but you soon won't notice the seat. Softer-looking alternatives might seem appealing, but these provide negligible help on long rides. If you're pouring on the miles, what does make a difference is a pair of cycle shorts with padding right where you need it.

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  • Aim for a cadence of 70 to 90 revolutions per minute. Experts tell us it's better to maintain a high pedal speed (cadence) in a lower gear than put in maximum effort riding in a high gear. The former will enable you to ride more quickly for longer. The latter drains energy fast.

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Endurance road bikes make excellent touring bikes. If the idea appeals to you, check whether you can mount mudguards and panniers.

FAQ

Q. Is a road bike better than a mountain bike?

A. It depends where you want to go! Seriously, though, many people ride mountain bikes on the road because the seating position appeals to them. It looks less radical, and people assume riding one requires less effort. Actually, the opposite is true. A men's road bike is usually considerably lighter than a similarly priced mountain bike. While multiple gears mean you'll be capable of tackling steep inclines, cassettes are generally biased toward road use. The tires are narrower, so there's less rolling resistance. You can adopt a more streamlined position, providing less wind resistance. The result is that you'll go faster and use less energy on a road bike.

Q. How do I know the correct seat height for my road bike?

A. Seat height is important in order to generate maximum power. There are complex calculations around that take into account seat thickness, ride angle, type of footwear, and so on. If you want to get into that amount of detail, there is plenty of advice online. Be sure to have a tape measure and spirit level handy. Most riders will be just fine with the “heel-to-pedal” method:

  • Put on the footwear you usually wear when riding the bike.

  • Lean the bike against a wall.

  • Get on the bike and put your heel on the outside pedal.

  • Rotate the pedal backward until it's in the six o'clock position (straight up and down), with your foot at the bottom.

  • Your knee should be straight. Adjust the seat height until it is.

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Q. How many gears should I have on a road bike?

A. It's a tough question because, over time, everyone develops a preference. Having more gears doesn't make a bike any faster – that's down to the ratio of rear sprocket to chainring and the effort put in by the rider. What having lots of gears gives you is greater flexibility. Riding efficiently is about matching the gear to the conditions, thus maximising the effort you put in.

If you use your road bike to ride to and from work and out and about on weekends, a dozen or so gears will probably be sufficient. If you're going farther and you encounter both long, flat stretches and tough climbs, then more gears will make your life easier. It's a good idea to try to decide that at the outset, but if you find you're having problems, it's usually much cheaper to change the gear set than it is to buy a new bike!

FAQs

What is the best bicycle for the money? ›

Best budget road bikes
  • Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora. ...
  • Cube Attain Pro. ...
  • Triban RC 520 Disc. ...
  • Specialized Allez Sport. ...
  • Trek Domane AL 3 Disc. ...
  • Liv Avail 1. The best budget road bike for women. ...
  • Scott Speedster 50. The best budget road bike for hard to find sizes. ...
  • Vitus Razor Disc. The best budget road bike for year-round performance.
12 Apr 2022

What is the most durable road bike? ›

Best endurance road bikes
  • Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1. ...
  • Cervelo Caledonia 5 Force eTap. ...
  • Cube Agree C:62. ...
  • Liv Avail Advanced 1. ...
  • Specialized S-Works Roubaix Dura-Ace. ...
  • Fuji Sportif 1.3 Disc Road Bike. ...
  • Trek Domane SL 6. ...
  • BMC Roadmachine One.
14 Mar 2022

How long should a road bike last? ›

A bicycle can last for 30+ years, or even a lifetime, if the frame and forks are strong and good quality. The life-expectancy of components is far shorter, and variable. You'll need to change different components between 1000 and 10,000 miles. It's difficult to pinpoint “average” bike use.

What size bike do I need for my height? ›

Fitness And Hybrid Bike Size Chart
Rider HeightSuggested Frame Size
Feet and InchesCentimetersInches
5' 5" - 5' 9"165 - 17517 - 18
5' 9" - 6' 0"175 - 18319 - 20
6' 0" - 6' 3"183 - 19121 - 22
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What is the best road cycling bike? ›

BikeRadar's 2021 Road Bike of the Year

We're yet to choose our Road Bike of the Year 2022 winner, but for 2021 that title was awarded to the outstanding Boardman SLR 9.4 AXS Disc Carbon.

What is the best bike in the world? ›

2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2: 293 km/h

The H2 comes with a 999-cc inline 4 engine with an output of 220 bhp, allowing the bike to reach a top speed of 293 that is electronically limited. The beautifully crafted centrifugal type of supercharger compresses air at up to 2.4 times the atmospheric pressure.

What bike is best? ›

The Best Bikes to Buy Now
  • Best Road Bike: Wilier GTR.
  • Best Mountain Bike: Cannondale Trail SE 2 Bike.
  • Best Hybrid Bike: Schwinn GTX 3 Hybrid Bike.
  • Best E-Bike: Diamondback Union 1 E-Bike.
  • Best Cruiser Bike: Electra Cruiser 1 Bike.
31 Mar 2022

How do I choose a bike brand? ›

If you're in the market to buy a bicycle, make sure to research the brand, its origin, and its manufacturing process. If you need help, you can do online research or, even better, ask your local experts at a reputable bike shop. With bicycles, typically the cheaper bikes of a lesser quality all come from China.

What is the fastest road bicycle? ›

Canyon Aeroad CFR Di2

Canyon says that the 2021 Aeroad is the fastest race bike available, saving you 5.4 watts at 45kph compared to the outgoing version. At 7.3kg, it's not heavy either, despite wide, deep tube profiles.

Are road bikes good for long distance? ›

Of course it is easier to cycle long distances on road bikes; however, for a cyclist of reasonable fitness, 80km is a fairly comfortable daily distance on a good hybrid. If you are going for more than 80km, the speed and efficiency of a road bike makes it the stand out choice.

What is the best bicycle in 2022? ›

Included in this guide:
  • Specialized. Allez. Check Price.
  • Boardman. SLR 8.9. Check Price.
  • Giant. Contend SL1. Check Price.
  • Van Rysel. Ultra CF 105 road bike. Check Price.
  • Cannondale. CAAD13. Check Price.
  • Liv. Langma Advanced Pro Disc 1 2022. Check Price.
  • Trek. Emonda ALR Disc 5. Check Price.
  • Ribble. Endurance SL R. Check Price.
23 May 2022

Does an expensive bike make a difference? ›

In general terms, more-expensive bikes are lighter, stiffer, and have better components. Most companies reserve their highest-grade carbon fiber for top models and use less-expensive materials—from slightly heavier carbon down to aluminum and steel—for lower-tier models.

What bicycles last the longest? ›

Carbon and titanium bike frames will last the longest with proper care, with some even outlasting their riders. Aluminum and steel bike frames should easily last 6 years but will require regular maintenance to keep them running any longer than 10 years.

How long will a carbon frame bike last? ›

Myth: A carbon frame won't last as long as a metal one. Reality: As long as you don't crash hard or take a hammer to the frame, a carbon bike can theoretically last forever. In fact, steel and aluminum last only so long before the metal fatigues and can no longer be used safely, but carbon remains stable indefinitely.

What is a good speed for cycling? ›

Ride consistently and get fitter, and you should be able to maintain a mileage per hour in the mid-teens (around 15.5mph/25kph) over several hours – Strava reckons that's the average speed for rides logged. To hit an average speed of 20mph/32kph, you'll probably have had to put in lots of systematic training.

Is it better to get a bigger or smaller bike frame? ›

If your arm span is longer than your height, go for a bigger frame. If it's shorter, get the smaller one. On a bigger bike, the reach to the handlebars will be longer. If you have proportionally longer arms, you are likely to feel more comfortable on a bigger frame.

How do you measure yourself for a road bike? ›

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How do you know if a bike is the right size? ›

Using your child's inseam in relation to the bike's seat height is the best and most accurate way to ensure a perfect bike fit. The frame and the wheel size work together to determine the seat height of a bike.

Are new road bikes faster? ›

A brand new $2500 road bike vs a brand new $1200 bike, both with the same tires, is probably at most 5% faster in general, and 10% faster in its specialty (hills if it is light, flats if it's aero).

What size road bike should I get? ›

Road bike size chart
Height (inches)Height (cm)Frame Size (cm)
4'10” – 5'3″148 – 16046-50 (Extra Small)
5'3″ – 5'5″160 – 16550 – 52 (Small)
5'5″ – 5'7″160 – 16552 – 54 (Small – Medium)
5'7″ – 5'9″170 – 17554 – 56 (Medium)
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Which bike is the king of bikes? ›

Ninja ZX-14R KING OF ALL SPORT BIKES.

Which is the world No 1 bike brand? ›

From its humble beginnings, Honda has grown to be the biggest motorcycle company in the world. Since its inception, Honda has sold over 300 million motorcycles. Given its sales volume and popularity, Honda could be considered as one of the best motorcycle companies worldwide.

Which is the world's fastest bike 2022? ›

DODGE TOMAHAWK – TOP SPEED: 350 MPH

The Dodge Tomahawk, which can reach speeds of 420 miles (676 kilometres) per hour while maintaining aerodynamics, resistance, and stability, takes the title of fastest motorcycle in the world.

What is a super bicycle? ›

Speed and acceleration (super bikes are fast!)

Super bikes are known to be fast. With such high performing engines it comes as no surprise that they can go fast — really fast! But it's not just about the top speed, it's also how quickly can one get to those high speeds and which is what acceleration is all about.

What is a good size bike for a 6 foot man? ›

Road bike sizing chart
Rider Height (feet/inches)Rider Inseam (inchesBike Frame Size (centimeters)
5'8"-5'11"30.5"-32"56-58 cm
5'10"-6'1"31.5"-33"58-60 cm
6'0"-6'3"32.5"-34"60-62 cm
6'2"-6'5"34.5"-36"62-64 cm
5 more rows
1 Apr 2020

What is the best bicycle in 2022? ›

Included in this guide:
  • Specialized. Allez. Check Price.
  • Boardman. SLR 8.9. Check Price.
  • Giant. Contend SL1. Check Price.
  • Van Rysel. Ultra CF 105 road bike. Check Price.
  • Cannondale. CAAD13. Check Price.
  • Liv. Langma Advanced Pro Disc 1 2022. Check Price.
  • Trek. Emonda ALR Disc 5. Check Price.
  • Ribble. Endurance SL R. Check Price.
23 May 2022

Which is the bike of the year 2022? ›

The TVS Raider 125 took home the 2022 Indian Motorcycle of the Year title.

What is the best bike in the world? ›

2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2: 293 km/h

The H2 comes with a 999-cc inline 4 engine with an output of 220 bhp, allowing the bike to reach a top speed of 293 that is electronically limited. The beautifully crafted centrifugal type of supercharger compresses air at up to 2.4 times the atmospheric pressure.

What is the fastest road bicycle? ›

Canyon Aeroad CFR Di2

Canyon says that the 2021 Aeroad is the fastest race bike available, saving you 5.4 watts at 45kph compared to the outgoing version. At 7.3kg, it's not heavy either, despite wide, deep tube profiles.

Which bicycle is the best? ›

The Best Bikes to Buy Now
  • Best Road Bike: Wilier GTR.
  • Best Mountain Bike: Cannondale Trail SE 2 Bike.
  • Best Hybrid Bike: Schwinn GTX 3 Hybrid Bike.
  • Best E-Bike: Diamondback Union 1 E-Bike.
  • Best Cruiser Bike: Electra Cruiser 1 Bike.
31 Mar 2022

How do I choose a bike brand? ›

If you're in the market to buy a bicycle, make sure to research the brand, its origin, and its manufacturing process. If you need help, you can do online research or, even better, ask your local experts at a reputable bike shop. With bicycles, typically the cheaper bikes of a lesser quality all come from China.

Which bike is best for long life? ›

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  • KTM 390 Duke. KTM 390 Duke. ...
  • Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. ...
  • Harley Davidson SuperLow. ...
  • Bajaj Dominar 400. ...
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan. ...
  • Jawa Perak. ...
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
23 Nov 2020

Which bike is best in low price? ›

Cheapest Bikes in India
BikeEstimated Price
TVS SportRs.63,950 onwards
Bajaj Platina 100Rs.63,130 onwards
Honda CD 110 DreamRs.70,315 onwards
Bajaj CT 110Rs.59,104 onwards
2 more rows

Which motorcycle is best? ›

  • Bajaj Bikes.
  • Jawa Bikes.
  • Royal Enfield Bikes.
  • Suzuki Bikes.
  • Yamaha Bikes.
  • All Bikes in India.

Which bike is the king of bikes? ›

Ninja ZX-14R KING OF ALL SPORT BIKES.

Which is the world No 1 bike brand? ›

From its humble beginnings, Honda has grown to be the biggest motorcycle company in the world. Since its inception, Honda has sold over 300 million motorcycles. Given its sales volume and popularity, Honda could be considered as one of the best motorcycle companies worldwide.

What is the fastest road bike in 2022? ›

Top three: World's fastest bikes in 2022
  • DODGE TOMAHAWK – TOP SPEED: 350 MPH. Dodge Tomahawk. ...
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Supersport: 249 mph. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Supersport. ...
  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R: 240 mph.
9 Jul 2022

What is a good average speed on a road bike? ›

Average Road Bike Speed

The average speed of a road bike when riding on roads with a flatter elevation profile is between 14 and 18 mph (23-29 km/h). Alternatively, riding on inclines of 5%, most road cyclists can expect an average cycling speed of somewhere between 8 and 12 mph (13-19 km/h).

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