This compact road-racing machine offers the best of both material worlds: The aluminum main frame makes for a snappy ride (and keeps the price reasonable), while the carbon seatstays, seatpost, and flat-bladed monocoque fork smooth out road chatter to keep your body fresh. The combination makes the Finest light and agile without being unruly. The full Ultegra component spec is nice for the price, and Fuji adds shifting oomph with an upgraded Dura-Ace derailleur in back. And the Cane Creek Strados wheels provide a quick, sprightly finish to the ride. As a package, this is a lot of bike for the money. 17.4 lbs, 51 cm; www.fujibikes.com
Bonus: All the girls loved the dusky purple paint job.Bummer: The racing saddle may be too narrow for women with wide pelvises.