Biking

Van Dessel Hella Faster Ultegra SL

Consider the Hellafaster if you're thinking of entering your first criterium. This stiff aluminum frame is built for pure speed. It's not ideal if you put in big mileage on bad roads—"On chip...

BMC Racemaster SLX01

Why are some of BMC's sponsored pros choosing the Racemaster over the company's full-carbon, top-of-the-line Pro Machine? Because the Racemaster's stiff, atavistic aluminum bottom half delivers...

Wilier Triestina Cento1

The Cento Uno shouldn't have snuck up on us like it did; it's the same carbon bike the first- and second-place finishers at last year's World Championships rode. Still, "I didn't expect that"...

Orbea Fleche

A race-worthy bike for less than a grand? Believe it. The Fleche pounces under the lightest pedal pressure and is nimble enough to move through a peloton. Like all aluminum bikes, it can be...

Giant Defy Advanced 3

The new Defy is a big part of Giant's re-energized 2009 road line. The frame is available in three different versions: aluminum, aluminum-carbon, or the smooth full carbon-fiber frame that...

Ridley Noah

The Noah might not look like a traditional aero bike. But where the Cervélo and Felt rely on radically shaped tubes to cheat the wind, the carbon Noah goes in a different direction. Vents in...

Pinarello FP3 105

If you're more likely to ride the occasional century than hammer hill repeats by yourself in the rain, the full-carbon Pinarello FP3 is for you. A gentler version of the much lauded (and...

Specialized S Works Roubaix SL2

When Specialized launched the original Roubaix, in 2004, it legitimized "comfort performance" as a viable category. With the all-new Roubaix SL2, the company stays ahead of the growing pack. ...

Giant TCR

If you are truly looking to start racing, and think it might stick, this bike can grow with you. As with the BMC, an aluminum bottom half stiffens the frame for better handling and...

GT GTR Carbon Sport

Rough mountain roads? Achy back? If you experience either on a regular basis, consider the GTR. This full-carbon frame muted high-frequency vibrations and bigger hits, and took the sting out of...

Ellsworth Evolve

Take Ellsworth's time-tested Truth—an especially popular bike with 24-hour cross-country racers—and merge it with terrain-smoothing 29-inch wheels, and you get the Evolve. "I was actually...

Gary Fisher Roscoe 1

As part of the Trek family, Gary Fisher enjoys the R&D muscle of the world's biggest bike brand. To wit: The secret behind the smooth, responsive 5.5 inches of rear travel in the all-new...

Pivot Mach 429 XT

We know what you're thinking: With full suspension and heavier 29-inch wheels, this must be a beast going uphill. Amazingly, it isn't. The Mach 429 eliminates bob with a design that uses linkage...

Santa Cruz Blur LT

Santa Cruz's updated version of its bestseller was the clear winner in our all-mountain category, earning top marks for pedaling, climbing, and descending. "Very little bob even on out-of-the...

Scott Genius 10

The lightest all-mountain bike we tested, the full-carbon Genius 10 was designed with off-road marathons in mind. True to form, it arrived with bar-mounted suspension lockouts, which instantly...

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