10 Awesome Road Bikes That Offer a Solid ROI

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10 Awesome Road Bikes That Offer a Solid ROI

Improvements in bicycle technology don’t just benefit the high-end consumer in search of a $10K steed. In fact, as technology improves, the mid to low end of the spectrum is where the most benefits show up. In today’s market, you can get a great bike for a fraction of the cost that the same one might have cost you a decade ago.

Dollar for dollar, these 10 bikes — that are the direct benefit of trickle-down technology —  won’t hold you back out on the road, no matter what your goals for the upcoming cycling season happen to be.

BIANCHI INTENSO DAMA ULTEGRA (WOMEN’S)
$2,499

The Bianchi Intenso Dama doesn’t have the bells and whistles as some of the other bikes here, but as a women’s-only model, it’s a solid value. Built with endurance cycling in mind, the frame has a wider wheel base and uses a relaxed head tube angle to improve comfort and stability over rougher roads. It also allows for a 28 mm tire clearance and comes complete with the always-solid Ultegra group set.

Buy if: You want an endurance bike with geometry that’s women-specific.

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  • Charles Goldman

    The opening remarks are completely off base with respect to current pricing! Ten years ago $3000 would buy you a second from the top of the line bike. You probably wouldn’t get Dura-Ace or Record, but you’d for sure get a top quality ride with Ultegra or similar quality from SRAM or Campagnolo. The real value of trickle down is in the $800-$1300 where you’ll get a great ride that will do everything you need it to until you start competing at a high level.

  • Stanley

    OK, here’s the problem. When they say that these bikes won’t break the bank…whose bank are they talking about? My retired bank is more akin to the $400 to $700 bike. I know most of you hard core riders are probably laughing, but that’s my budget. The bikes I have (GT mountain bike and Canondale Hybrid) serve me well. I only have time and energy to put between 1000 and 1200 miles/year, so I am content. And, that’s what’s important

    • tdg54

      Bingo!

    • Jim Shashaty

      For 3,000 my flight deck better be made of gold. One bike is offered for this price point and has Shimao 105’s. I paid less than half for the same configuration. Now that’s what I call ROI.

    • Dennis Crapser

      Exactly, I was thinking the same thing.

      • Stanley

        Glad to know I’m not alone out there…

    • NSB FL

      I’m with you, Stanley.

  • samwichse

    LOLOLOL “10 bikes that won’t break the bank” list has the cheapest bike at $2400 and 1/3 of them at $3000?

    WTF is this and get outta here with this crap.

    Will a $3000 bike last 5x as long as a $600 bike? No. Will a $3000 bike make you 5x as fast? No. Will a $3000 bike be slightly faster and somewhat more comfortable? Possibly, but not necessarily.

    In no way, shape, or form can you call this a good ROI. It’s a pure luxury item and this article is so tone-deaf I actually snorted it loud when I say the first one.

    Been riding my [then] $280 Trek for 21 years. I’ve replaced everything on the frame once except the rims, brake levers, and front derailleur. But not twice. That’s real ROI.

    • mer2329

      i completely agree.
      i have other issues with this list.
      there are no mountain/hybrid frames on the list. (i use a mountain frame. because its comfortable and keeps well with all the pot holes.)
      these all these frames break the bank. sure these are not “$10k steeds” but a $1000 frame break the bank.

      suggested list:
      a list containing mountain and hybrid frames of up to $500.

    • Stanley

      I’m with you, amigo! I’ve been riding my $400 GT mountain bike for 13 years. Got it as a left-over for $250.00. That’s about $20 per year. I don’t know who this article is supposedly targeting, but it sure isn’t me!