Novara Buzz Road

Entry Level: Bully Rider; $999.

Novara Buzz Road     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

The Buzz has just as much in common with the utility bikes we reviewed as with the other road bikes reviewed here. While it's perfectly good for club outings and exploratory rambles, it's also just a fun, hardy bike that can handle lousy city roads, curbs, and dirt-path shortcuts. Its flared bars, Avid disc brakes, fatter (28 mm) tires, and thick aluminum frame all add up to a road bike able to handle urban abuse, fast work commutes, and crummy weather. Just be wary of monster hills: The Buzz is geared more for urban than fitness riding (there's no triple chainring), so it isn't exactly an elevator when the pavement tilts. 25.6 lbs (large); rei.com
PEDALING RESPONSIVENESS: 3.1 HANDLING: 3.2

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