Some cyclists want speed, others want comfort, but most of us want both. We rounded up six bikes that will perform just as well in a high-intensity road race as they will on a leisurely weekend ride. Lightweight, aerodynamic, and under $2,500, these machines are some of the best deals 2014 has to offer.
Best for Beginner Racers
Cannondale CAAD10 4 Rival
Here's a secret Cannondale probably doesn't want you to know: Its CAAD10 line is every bit the racehorse its high-end carbon Evo rigs are. Weighing 1,150 grams, the CAAD10's frame is lighter than many expensive carbon competitors, while its aluminum construction is stiff and incredibly responsive. We loved specs like the light FSA cranks and the plush Prologo saddle, but the flattened seat and chain stays were what kept us pedaling happily. [$1,950; cannondale.com]