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 Intermediate Racers
Specialized Allez Expert
The Allez Expert is the most affordable serious racer of 2014. Using identical geometry and the same oversize bottom bracket found on its top-end Tarmac model, Specialized keeps its costs down with an aluminum frame, while the ride is softened by a carbon fork and thin seat stays. A new frame design allows for a stiffer, more responsive front end, making it the ideal machine for your local race scene. [$2,400; specialized.com]