Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bicycling's Best New $2000 Road Bikes

Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, the January/February Bicycling magazine on newsstands now spotlights the best new $2000 road bikes that give you lots of speed at friendly prices. They say, "More affordable than top-level race bikes, yet still fast, fun, and ready for your next ride, one of these machines could make your dreams a reality." Of the five bikes profiled, two are in stock at Century Cycles!

About the Giant Defy Composite 1 ($2,399.99), test mechanic Michael Yozell writes, “Intended to handle whatever the road throws at you…the Defy’s ride is a fine mix of a race bike’s rigid chatter and an overly plush sensation…you’ll be able to ride fast and still take in the scenery.” He more cleverly found this great feature: “…we applaud Giant for equipping this quick, comfortable bike with its P-SL-1 tubeless-compatible wheels…This is the first bike at this price point to deliver tubeless technology in a ready-to-ride package, and we’re excited that recreational riders can take advantage.” This is the bike for you if: “you want Classics-inspired handling and an upright position."

About the Raleigh Revenio Carbon 1 ($1,999.99), they write, "It's a bike that's comfortable for any recreational rider. Emplying flattened seatstays, it handles rough surfaces with ease, effectively muting larger jolts. The steering is neutral, without sluggish turn-in....the Revenio delivers everything the recreational rider needs.... Buy it if: You want a bike to comfortably cruise on. Forget it if: You like a stretched-out or rear-biased position."

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