COMPETITION UNDER $3,000
Cannondale Synapse Disc 105
A Ballis Tec carbon frame equipped with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, the Cannondale Synapse Disc 105 will get you to that first gran fondo and onto any racing start line. With Shimano hydraulic disc brakes that stop a great pair of Maddux wheels, the Synapse has been touted as the perfect entry-level high-end ride to handle cobbles, rough dirt roads and anything else you can throw at it. The SRP is $2,170.
Trek Emonda ALR 6 Pro
Trek Emonda ALR 6 Pro's 300 Series Alpha aluminum H2 fitted frame with a carbon fork provides a great balance of stiffness and low weight. It comes with a Shimano Ultegra 11-speed (1128) throughout accompanied by a nice Bontrager finishing kit. At 17.5lbs., this ride will give you the same feel as its expensive carbon counterparts, allowing you to compete on every level with a great degree of comfort. The SRP is $2,629.
Louis Garneau Axis Team 24
Designed for the aspiring rider in your family, the Louis Garneau Axis Team 24 is built on a S-6 aluminum blue frame with a Shimano eightspeed drivetrain on a pair of 24” wheels. Hydroformed tubing is used to keep the weight down, and the ability to fit racks and panniers for touring is an excellent idea for whatever direction your young cyclist wants to go in. The SRP is $799.
The Bombtrack Tempest features a nice new tapered headtube with matching carbon-blade fork. The Shimano 105 groupset provides a smooth shifting platform, and the pro-compact chainset (11-28) allows for great climbing. The Deda Zero 1 finishing kit gives this ride a fantastic finish. This bike will allow you to compete in any arena, from your first gran fondo to your first sanctioned race. The SRP is $2,499.