In the cycling world, road bikes are a firm favourite, offering stability, agility and speed. Due to their high-performance build, road bikes are also known as ‘racers’ and ‘speed machines’. With so many models to choose form, from entry-level to world-class racing bikes, which are the best?
Joe from Primera Sports has been cycling for 7 years and has put together a list of his top 4, tried and tested road bikes from world-class brands Specialized, Pinarello, Cannondale and Orro. Read his road bike reviews to find out how each road bike compares.
Road Bike Review 1: SPECIALIZED S-WORKS VENGE
First on my road bike review list is the awesome Specialized S-Works Venge! Our most popular 2019 custom road bike build with very positive feedback from all riders.
Venge road bikes have always been a favourite of ours and when Specialized introduced the Vias version, super aero, it felt like cheating! This fast and stiff road bike offers great results for riders with the only drawback being the brakes. Then the all-new Venge model with a road disc brake wheelset was released, putting it in a league of its own.
At Primera Sports, we have a lot of customers riding the Venge road bike with amazing race performances and without a doubt a stunning looking machine. Matched with the Roval 64 wheels and S-Works tyres and ceramic speed bearings you can really feel the speed.
We had a couple of riders treat themselves to Venge bikes for sportive rides including the Etape du Tour and they loved them. I have tried this road bike myself and it really does put a smile on your face, so fast when you kick out the saddle!
Road Bike Review 2: PINARELLO F12
The Pinarello F12 is an Italian race-bred machine with many Grand Tour wins under its belt with Team Ineos onboard. Hand-built in Italy, the F12 is a high-end road bike frame and is most definitely the Ferrari of the bike world!
If you are looking for the ultimate road bike and budget is not an issue, then the F12 should be on your shortlist. Dreamy and sexy in every way, the build quality of the F12 is excellent – with aero gains are up there with other leading brands.
Produced with both calliper brakes as well as disc options, this road bike appeals to both camps. When you take the F12 for a ride, you’ll soon appreciate the premium price tag. Undeniably stunning at every angle, when you pull up at a cafe stop with this road bike, you’ll soon attract a crowd.
Seeing the top two places going to the F12 at the Tour De France goes to show this exquisite road bike’s capability of world-class performances.
Road Bike Review 3: CANNONDALE SYSTEM SIX
This road bike was long-awaited from the American manufacturer, they needed to make waves in the aero road bike market and the Cannondale System Six certainly arrived with a bang. This sophisticated road bike looks super aero and comes complete with aero carbon wheels to match. Offering exceptional value for state-of-the-art models and excellent rider feedback.
As with my other choices for this road bike review piece, this road bike comes with a very neat aero bar/stem setup which all helps when trying to average as higher speed as possible.
The System Six is the fastest proven road bike in the wind tunnel and with an Ultegra Di2 model coming in at £5499.99 – you can see the awesome value. Many pro races won in 2019 and we are sure 2020 will produce many podium places.
Road Bike Review 4: ORRO VENTURI
The Orro Venturi looks amazing and rides extremely well at some fantastic price points. If you’re looking for a cool aero road bike you can’t go wrong with an Orro, designed in the UK and with some stunning paint finishes. This popular model starts from £2599.99 for the complete bike. With added Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components, it retails for £5499.99.
We have sold these bikes to road racers and they are also very popular with sportive riders. I rode one of these during the summer and it felt like a much more expensive road bike than its price tag. If you’re looking to spend sub £5,500 on an aero bike, I feel this should be on your list!
All our full-price Primera bikes are available on 0% Finance, spreading the cost over 48 months. We also offer a free bike fitting with every purchase, ensuring you get the perfect bike fit for you. Get in touch today or pop in and see the bikes in the flesh!