So you want to get into bicycling, but in a serious way – not just for a leisurely, breeze ride around the neighborhood on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We’re talking major miles. Long rides into the country. Up and down challenging ascents.
To have the best experience, it will take a quality road bike. But this doesn’t have to break the bank. The latest road bikes are more affordable than ever, while still offering advanced frame materials, geometries and related components.
Numerous high-performance bikes are now available for $800 or less, a once unheard-of price point, according to BikeSmarts.com, an online community of biking enthusiasts. Previously, bikes at these prices went to users with more modest goals for their biking — short commutes to work, for instance.
If you’re looking to get a high-quality ride for not a lot of money, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve researched the market and found five of the best road bikes under $800. Below we’ll tell you why these bikes caught our attention, and help you evaluate which is right for your needs. Here is a quick overview of what we will be reviewing throughout the article:
|Road Bike||No. of speed||Size (cm)||Price|
|FORZA 2.0||9||49/53/61||Under $750|
|DiamondBack Airen(women)||18||48-56||Under $750|
|Haanjo Tero||16||50/53/56||Under $750|
|RapidCycle Grand Bike||20||48/53||Under $800|
|NashBar AL1||9||58/60||Under $750|
FORZA 2.0 Aluminum Carbon Road Bike Shimano Tiagra STI- Best road bike under $750-2016
First on our list of the best road bikes under $800 is the FORZA 2.0 Aluminum Carbon Road Bike Shimano Tiagra STI. It actually costs under $750.
Offering a lightweight aluminum frame and 27 speeds, the Forza 2.0 is worth considering for both racing and longer, more involved tours. The bike is matte grey and provides a 12K carbon fiber racing fork and alloy caliper brakes.
The Forza 2.0 also comes with free platform pedals with toe straps. Derailleurs and shifters are both from Shimano — the front derailleur is the Shimano Sora; the rear, the Shimano Tiagra.
2016 Airen Complete Disc Brake Women’s Road Bike from Diamondback- Best women’s road bike under $800
Next up: the 2016 Airen Complete Disc Brake Women’s Road Bike from Diamondback.
Geared for longer rides, the 2016 Airen is built with an aluminum alloy frame designed to respond to the needs of different riders. Diamondback promises that with this bike, “You’ll never try to ‘make a bike fit again.’”
This bike offers an 11-speed Shimano 105 2×11 speed drive train and HED flanders C2+ wheels. It’s design angles allows you to ride in a more natural, straight-up position and takes less wear-and-tear on your body.
New this year for this bike is the addition of Avid BB5 road disc brakes offering 160/140mm rotors. The bike is light grey with a hint of color at the front.
2016 Haanjo Tero Complete Alternative Road Bike – Another top road bike under $750
The third to on our list of the best road bikes under $800 is also from Diamondback; the 2016 Haanjo Tero Complete Alternative Road Bike.
This is the bike for the adventurous rider looking to hit roads less traveled, no matter whether it’s gravel, pavement or grass. The Haanjo Tero has a lightweight aluminum frame and special bike geometry, as well as all-purpose wide tires, to provide stability and comfort over different types of surfaces and terrains.
The bike offers Tektro Mira Mechanical Disc, 160/140mm Rotors disc brakes and a 16-speed Shimano drivetrain. You’ll appreciate the Shimano Claris derailleur and Shimano Claris SL-2400 shifter. Additional features include the ADB X-Duro Flaero Gravel Bar, 31.8mm Diamondback Gravel Disc steel fork w/fender and low rider mounts.
This bike, available in a light blue, provides a terrific alternative for riders who need a reliable commute back and forth over the roadways to work.
RapidCycle GRAND Bike- Another best road bike under $800 for 2016
The RapidCycle GRAND Bike is the fourth on our list of the best road bikes under $800. The GRAND is durable and good looking.
The bike’s frame is made from a hand-crafted aircraft-grade alloy and offers a 2×10 Shimano Tiagra Race Groupset.
Not only is this bike rust-resistant, stable and agile, it also comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and fork and is extremely lightweight – to the extent that you can lift it with two fingers.
Additional features include pre-wrapped drop bars, so you can switch between riding positions, and a hydroformed and double-butted frame for strength as well as responsiveness.
The bike is available in an attention grabbing black with green accents on the wheels, seat and handle bars.
We say Nashbar AL1 Road Bike is also one of the best road bikes you can buy for less than $800
Last but not least is the Nashbar AL1 Road Bike. An ideal entry-level bike for the road, the Nashbar AL1 comes with a lightweight aluminum frame, Compact 50/34T chain rings and a 9-speed 11-25T cassette drivetrain. There’s also the bike’s dual-pivot brakes.
An added bonus: new Shimano Sora 3500 shift levers and derailleurs for smooth gear changes. The Nashbar gives you all the power you need to climb the highest grades as well as pick up speed on the straightaways.
The sport of road bicycling does much to lift your spirit, showing you out of the way places and helping you discover parts of yourself you didn’t know existed. Choosing the right bike,and keeping it maintained, will make your experience that much better. Let’s ride these bikes under $800!