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 Group Rides
Diamondback Podium Etape
Thanks in part to run-of-the-mill components like a Shimano 105 drivetrain and a slew of house-brand parts (stem, seat post, handlebars), designers were able to invest heavily in the Etape's frame construction, layering carbon sheets at critical stress points. The result? An effortlessly elegant, nimble, light bike that's adept at stage races, spirited group rides, and long summer days in the saddle. [$2,300; diamondback.com]