Best For: Century specialists and early adopters.
The Test: It’s only a matter of time before disc brakes—which have top-notch modulation and present no risks to carbon rims—are standard on road bikes. Volagi, the NorCal startup notoriously created by two former Specialized employees, dives in first with this disc-equipped endurance machine. Riding in a group, we liked the slight speed adjustments that could be made by feathering the brakes, though a few testers complained of a shimmy in the rotors when stopping hard. The bike’s unique design—the longbow-style seatstays meld straight into the top tube—soaked up road chatter like Charmin, and the laid-back geometry and low center of gravity made for a remarkably stable ride.
The Verdict: Perfect for long days or your next cobbled adventure. 18.7 lbs