Scott CR1 Comp

Entry Level: Century Cruiser; $1,700.

Scott CR1 Comp     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Killer Value
Don't be fooled by the price tag. The carbon-fiber CR1's (relatively) affordable price belies its race-worthy performance. This isn't surprising, considering the bike's heritage. Five years ago, it was Scott's top race model and utilized a then-revolutionary construction method that delivered a category-leading stiffness-to-weight ratio. The design has withstood the test of time: The slightly upright geometry is gentler on the spine, and the pliant rear triangle makes for a noticeably smooth ride. Scott keeps the price down with a mix of mostly Shimano Tiagra components, which lack the snap of even mid-tier groups. Still, as a bike for a first century or long fitness miles, the CR1 is tough to beat. 18 lbs (56 cm); scottusa.com
PEDALING RESPONSIVENESS: 4.1 HANDLING: 4

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