Best For: Fashion-forward racers; Italophiles.
The Test: The Strato turns heads without trying. The frame is pure Italian panache, with a chunky carbon weave offset by brash 3-D-inspired logos. Even the ridiculously stiff BB30 bottom bracket is beautiful, with a deep, multicolored cutaway underneath for the super-convenient internal cable routing (which keeps the overall look of the bike even cleaner). Uphill, the Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels felt like rolling on helium. The Campagnolo Super Record gruppo has the best shifting and ergonomics of anything that’s not electric. Our only quibble: the split seatpost design might be alluring, but it makes it tough to adjust the perch. Then again, if you can afford this bike, you can probably afford someone to do that for you.
The Verdict: Totally unnecessary—and totally worth it. 15 lbs