Specialized Allez Expert

This is the most affordable race-ready rig of 2014. Its geometry is taken from Specialized's top-end TARMAC, but an aluminum frame and Shimano's revamped Ultegra components keep costs down. A carbon front fork softens the ride, making it the ideal machine for jumping into competition. Specialized hydroforms the bike’s tubes together rather than weld them at the joints, resulting in a stiffer frame. [$2,400; specialized.com]