Road Bikes for Serious Cyclists recently listed their picks for “Best Road Bikes for Serious Cyclists.” Since a few of our favorite bikes showed up on their list, we thought they were worth a mention:


2013 Specialized Tarmac SL4Specialized Tarmac

Whether it’s winning the Tour de France or a city-limit sprint, Tarmac is made for racing, with its powerful acceleration and razor-sharp handling. This Tarmac features Shimano Sora components plus DT Axis 1.0 wheels, keeping the performance and durability up and the cost down.

Here’s what has to say about the Specialized Tarmac Mid-Compact:

The Specialized Tarmac Mid Compact brings carbon to a new level. It features the same frame that has won the Tour of Flanders, along with a handful of Tour de France stages, but with lower grade Shimano Sora components to bring the cost down—way down. Still, it’s a fast bike made for racing—quick accelerations and sharp handling—that will speed you on to anything from a victory sprint to the county line to your next crit win.


Bianchi Vertigo VeloceBianchi Vertigo

The all-new Vertigo was created for the rider who desires all-day comfort without the added performance features of the Infinito. The Vertigo goes easy on the budget without sacrificing the esteem of owning a carbon Bianchi.

The Vertigo is long on Italian styling and even longer on rider comfort. It features Bianchi’s Coast to Coast geometry – placing the rider in a more relaxed riding position for longer outings like charity events and centuries.

Here’s what has to say about the Bianchi Vertigo 105:

Want carbon, but not keen on draining your bank account? The Italian masters at Bianchi have your answer in their new Vertigo 105 entry level carbon mount. It’s a fast frame outfitted with mid-tier Shimano 105 components, but it’s also designed with a more relaxed geometry for all-day comfort on century rides. Fork over an extra $400 for the Campagnolo Veloce version, hand-assembled in Italy with a higher-end Veloce drivetrain for smoother pedaling.


Claire Geiger Scott Plasma 2012SCOTT Plasma

The Plasma3 frame used on the Premium incorporates SCOTT Aerodynamic Science to create a no compromise triathlon machine. It was the bike of choice in setting a new Ironman World Record in 2011, and should be your choice in any race against the clock.

Here’s what Menshealth has to say about the SCOTT Plasma Premium:

Scott’s Plasma Premium tri bike was the fastest steed in this year’s Kona Ironman World Championship, when Sebastian Kienle powered his mount to a rookie win. The bike also set an Ironman world record last year with a super aero carbon frame that shaves weight where it isn’t necessary and reinforces key areas for maximum efficiency. We’re not saying you’ll win the next Kona, but you’ll break records—if only your own. Caveat: faster and lighter means an emptier pocket.


SCOTT Addict Tour of FlandersSCOTT Addict

While it’s not yet released, we know one bike soon to become a favorite is the new SCOTT Addict that was spotted at the Tour of Flanders over the weekend. (Read about it here.)


In the market for a serious road bike? Come in to Higher Gear. We’ll fit you for a road bike and find the right bike for your riding style and your budget.





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