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 Competition
Giant TCR Composite 1
This falls just above the $2,500 cap. But the TCR Composite 1 bucks the carbon-bikes-aren't-affordable trend. It has a featherweight frame and a wrist-flicking responsiveness and – thanks to a huge bottom bracket – enough watt-wringing stiffness to tear up any path. Add an oversize, tapered front end for precise cornering and out-of-the-saddle sprints, plus Shimano's Ultegra 6800 groupset, and you've got the best deal of 2014. [$2,550; giant-bicycles.com]