Endurance Under $3,000
Raleigh Merit 3 The Raleigh Merit 3 is geared to those looking to do long days on the road while still staying comfortable. The alloy 6061 double-butted disc frame with thru-axles and carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer tube are paired with an 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset and TRP Spyre C mechanical disc brakes. Weinmann XC180 wheels wrapped in Clement Strada LGG tires keep the Merit 3 rolling. The SRP is $1,600.
The Apollo Vispo's Hi-Mod Mitsubishi carbon monocoque frame and full-carbon fork keep the ride smooth and snappy. An 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain and Sun Ringle Venus wheels highlight the build of this solid mid-level road bike. The Vispo has an SRP of $2,599. Constructed using UHC Advanced carbon, the Felt FR6 is optimized to balance stiffness, low weight and suppleness. The frame features a carbon-fibre BB386 bottom-bracket shell and carbon-fibre dropouts, specs found on Felt's top-end FR1. Built with a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, Felt alloy cockpit and carbon seatpost and rolling on Felt Road RSL3 tubeless-ready wheels, the FR6 has an SRP of $2,299.