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.


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

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    • 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!