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]