En­try-level Road Bikes

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - GEAR -

Pinarello Mer­cu­rio $3,250

An ex­cel­lent en­try point into the leg­endary Pinarello brand, the Mer­cu­rio is a city bike that can eas­ily han­dle long road rides thanks to its light­weight car­bon frame and ver­sa­tile de­sign. Shi­mano’s Sora 2 x 9 driv­e­train is matched to the com­pany’s durable Cen­ter Lock disc wheelset and me­chan­i­cal disc brakes. Cock­pit parts are cour­tesy of Pinarello’s Most brand and tires are Vit­to­ria Zaf­firo. To help make things eas­ier for those stick­ing to com­mut­ing routes, the curvy Mer­cu­rio comes with fender and rear-rack mounts. ( un­oim­ports.com)

Raleigh Merit 3 $1,600

With its 6061 alu­minum frame and car­bon to al­loy fork, the Merit 3 is light and quick for an en­try-level en­durance road bike. Frame op­tions range from 52 to 62 cm and all come with An­tishock stems and seat­posts for all-day com­fort on any ter­rain. The frame and fork are de­signed to han­dle tires as wide as 32c while the Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train will never let you down. The in­cluded Wein­mann xc180 disc wheelset is wrapped in re­li­able Kenda Kwick Roller Sport tires with trp Spyre C ca­ble-ac­tu­ated brakes stop­ping the 160-mm ro­tors. ( raleigh-canada.ca)

Or­bea Avant M30 $2,499

Avail­able in four colour com­bi­na­tions and seven sizes from 47 cm to 60 cm, the Or­bea Avant M30 packs lots of op­tions and value at a low price point. The Avant uses Or­bea’s ome car­bon mono­coque frame and car­bon fork, matched to a Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train with an fsa Gos­samer crankset. Or­bea’s own oc-ii rim brakes are used to stop the Vi­sion Team 30 Comp clincher wheels and 25c Kenda Kri­terium tires. Or­bea pro­vides the stem and seat­post, fsa the han­dle­bar and Prol­ogo the sad­dle. ( or­bea.com)—dan­dakin

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