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Published on July 17th, 2018 | by Brad Illingworth


Ride Review: Top Road Bike Picks


Popular biking events like the Tour de France attract all kinds of road biking enthusiasts, from casual weekend riders to competitive racers. With that being said, there’s also a lot of different types of road bike out there. We got Brad our bike expert to choose his top picks across these categories and here’s what he decided…

Aero Bike – Bianchi Aria

Bianchi Aria Aero Ultegra Disc Carbon Road Bike 2018

“Since we first saw the Aria, we’ve been impressed. Bianchi has produced an absolute stunner here! What I love most is that the ‘no frills’ design and structure that has led to incredibly competitive pricing, meaning you get superb value for money. If I was looking for an aero road bike today, I’d definitely choose the Bianchi Aria Ultegra. Then I’d use the money I saved (compared to other aero road bikes) to purchase a set of fast, deep section carbon ‘race day’ wheels. Happy days.”


Lightweight Bike – Cannondale SuperSix Evo Dura Ace

“I just can’t argue with Cycling Plus’ Race Bike of the Year. They described the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Dura Ace as ‘One of the most exciting and compelling pure race bikes we’ve had the fortune to swing a leg over.’

Shimano’s top of the range 9100 series Dura Ace drivetrain components and carbon wheels, matched with Cannondale’s legendary SuperSix frame – and all at just £3699! That’s a great buy.”


For The Fans – 2018 Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace 

Cannondale Synapse Hi Mod Disc Dura Ace Mens Road Bike 2018

“The 2018 Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace is perfect for those of you enjoying the Tour from your sofa. You love your cycling but are honest enough to admit that you’re not a racing snake. You still deserve a lightweight, comfortable bike – but one that responds when you put in the effort!

The Cannondale Synapse has reliable, powerful disc brakes that perform in all conditions, along with Shimano’s range-topping 9100 series Dura Ace drivetrain components and Hollogram carbon wheels. Combine this build kit with Cannondale’s premium hi-mod frame and you have one awesome package.

It might not be long and low like the SuperSix or SystemSix. But by putting you in a more upright position it’s a much more comfortable ride for most enthusiasts.”

Written By Brad Illingworth