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2016 Road Bike Guide

We've compiled the year's best road bikes for your careful consideration.


Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc

Improving on the Tour-dominating Dogma F8 was a daunting task, but Pinarello's approach was to add disc brakes to the mix, lending all-weather braking to what is arguably the finest all-rounder ever to grace the peloton. Consider building it with Shimano's Dura Ace 9070 Di2 Disc groupset to experience the advantage enjoyed by Team Sky.

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Bianchi Specialissima

With a sub-800g frame weight and legendary Italian handling, the Specialissima is born to race. But it's the silky smoothness of the ride, courtesy of Bianchi's Countervail technology, that gives it an advantage over other ultra-light contenders. SRAM's feathery Red 22 groupset would perfectly complement the character of this exceptional machine.

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Colnago C60

Built in Italy under the watchful eye of Ernesto Colnago himself, the C60's quick handling and bombproof construction make it a worthy steed for the most demanding racers, while the stunning appearance will earn admirers everywhere it goes. Paired with Campagnolo's Super Record mechanical gruppo, it would make for an Italian thoroughbred of the highest order.

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Ridley X Trail C30

If your typical road rides involve washboards, gravel, and maybe some singletrack, the X Trail's super low bottom bracket and relaxed angles will feel right at home, while the thru axles and disc brakes will keep you on your line and in control.

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GT Grade Ultegra

With predictable handling, big tire clearance, and a build kit that provides serious bang for your buck, the smooth-riding Grade is primed for miles of dirt and gravel, without sacrificing much in the way of speed when you find your way back to the pavement.

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Santa Cruz Stigmata

A no-nonsense aesthetic paired with versatile, confidence-inspiring geometry would place the Stigmata near the top of our wish list—even before considering the exceptionally well-executed cable routing, front and rear thru axles, and generous tire clearance. For a modern take on the all-terrain road bike, build it with SRAM's progressive Force CX1 groupset.

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Boardman SLR Endurance 9.2

While the SLR Endurance boasts slightly more upright geometry than its race-focused brethren, its naturally aggressive inclinations make it equally at home flying through Gran Fondos or contesting wins in mountainous stage races.

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Ridley Fenix C10

As the bike of choice for the Lotto team campaign during the brutal classics season, Ridley's Fenix pairs all-day comfort with workhorse reliability, making for a dreamy race bike that's far tougher than most.

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Bianchi Infinito CV

The Infinito CV blends tight Italian handling with a fit that's relaxed yet decidedly quick, and tops it off with road-smoothing Countervail technology to create one of the world's finest long-distance race bikes. It would be a perfect match for Shimano's unflappable Ultegra Di2 6870 groupset.

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Pinarello Razha K 105

The Razha enjoys trickle-down technologies from its superstar sibling, the Dogma. From the asymmetric frame, to the Dogma-proven Onda fork, this fluo-painted rocket is a perfect upgrade for the racer with big goals and a modest budget.

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Ridley Fenix SL C30

Bearing the best attributes of both the rugged Fenix and the feathery Helium and wrought in high-modulus carbon fiber, the Fenix SL is built for speed, while its Ultegra-blend build kit is ready for whatever the race season brings its way.

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Wilier GTR SL Ultegra

The GTR is more than capable of delivering race wins, what with its aggressive geometry and Mitsubishi carbon fiber frame. Its outstanding build kit would make an excellent starting point for racers committed to performing at their absolute best.

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