Carbon-belt-drive bikes are a growing trend among commuters — and with good reason: They're grease-free, low-maintenance, and offer a longer and smoother ride. You'll be hard-pressed to find a commuter bike that doesn't have a belt drive option, and now the wide selection is more affordable, too. Whether your route is a few miles or down the block, we picked five of our favorites new commuters that will keep your khakis clean.
Best for Rough Roads
Everything that makes the RXS ideal for cyclocross makes it great for commuting, too. The single-speed belt drive is balanced to put you in a good all-around gear, while grippy Clément tires mounted to wide 23mm rims add stability to any ride on imperfect, gritty bike paths and rutted roadways. Cushy bar tape dampens jarring, and the geometry is designed for quickness. [$1,550; raleighusa.com]