Pedal Magazine - - Buyers Guide 2017 -

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.

Bomb­track Tem­pest

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.

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