Featuring the same frame design used for the top of the line Venge (which will set you back over $14,000), the Venge Elite is an aero road bike equipped with Shimano’s 105 11-speed gruppo and DT R460 wheels that offers lots of great performance in a comfortable and light frame. If you’re looking for a bike you can use for rides with a cycling group, tours that include some majorleague climbs and descents and the occasional draft-legal race, this is an excellent choice.
Gennix TR1 Elite Di2
$6,300 If it’s fast enough for Lionel Sanders, it has be fast enough for you, right? Sanders has been ripping up courses on the Gennix TR1 Elite for a few years now. Garneau has done a great job of tuning the carbon fibre in this bike so you get excellent lateral stiffness, but don’t feel every single bump in the road because of the frame’s vertical compliance. The TR1 Elite comes equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 components, a 3T Vola carbon cockpit and Novatec wheels, which you’ll probably want to replace for racing, but are a great for training. Storage is available on the top tube thanks to an aero bento box that sits right behind the headset.
SCOTT Plasma RC
$9,900 Using the same frame as the the top of the line Plasma Premium that Sebastian Kienle has used for a pair of 70.3 world titles and the Ironman World Championship win in 2014, the Plasma RC comes equipped with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting and Syncros Race 22 rims. Your aerodynamic position can be dialed in thanks to the Profile Design Plasma 5 Aeria handlebar with Profile T5+carbon Aero extensions and you can stay in that position thanks to the aero waterbottle system that comes with the bike.