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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Endurance road

Stay comfortable on even the roughest roads with one of these six capable steeds

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$2,900, Cannondale.com

The Synapse was Velo’s Editors’ Pick in the 2014 endurance category, for good reason. The latest version of the Synapse will be your best friend come race day, or on your next all-day adventure. This award-winning design strikes the ideal balance, utilizing endurance frame geometry and vertical flex from the seat stays to create a plush ride while retaining the sort of get-up-and-go attitude we look for in a road bike. Attention to detail is impeccable with a beautifully sculpted seat tube that splits at the bottom bracket.

Frame: Carbon fiber; BB30 asymmetrical bottom bracket; internal cable routing
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: SRAM Rival 22; SRAM Rival hydraulic disc brakes; Fulcrum
 Racing Sport Disc wheelset; Cannondale C3 cockpit; Cannondale C2 seatpost; Prologo Kappa EVO saddle
Weight: 18.7 lbs

$8,000, BianchiUSA.com

The Infinito CV uses a material called Countervail in its carbon layup to help remove vibrations. It actually works, too — we love the Infinito CV’s ability to remove road buzz on bad surfaces. Hydraulic brakes are a perfect match for the tackle-anything frame. A taller head tube with slightly longer chain stays complete the smooth ride.

Frame: Carbon fiber; internal cable routing; PF30 bottom bracket
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra; Shimano RS785 hydraulic disc brakes; Shimano RX830 wheelset; FSA Team Issue stem; FSA Wing Compact alloy handlebar; Fizik Aliante Gamma saddle
Weight: 17.8 lbs (57cm)

$3,500, Scott-Sports.com

The Solace carbon fiber frame is engineered for race-caliber performance and all-day comfort, designed with two distinct zones: a Power Zone for stiff and responsive pedaling; and a Comfort Zone, for corner-carving confidence and absorption of road chatter. The disc-brake version is new for 2015 and adds a new level of assurance, bringing the security of thru-axle wheels to superior all-weather stopping power. It’s also compatible with Shimano’s new Flatmount disc caliper mount, so it will age well over the next few years.

Frame: Carbon fiber; 142×12 rear thru-axle; internal cable routing
Fork: Carbon fiber; internal disc hose routing; 15mm thru-axle
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra; Shimano RS785 hydraulic disc brakes; Syncros RP2.0 disc wheels; Syncros Carbon FL1.0 seatpost; Syncros FL 2.0 saddle
Weight: 16.5 lbs

$5,100, EddyMerckx.be

Mourenx ’69 refers to Merckx’s win in the 17th stage of the 1969 Tour de France. This 214.5km epic ride from Luchon to Mourenx provided the inspiration for an exceptional endurance race bike. Its asymmetric chain stays ensure perfect balance while its downsized bottom bracket and longer seat stays provide maximum shock absorption. The bike also has a slightly
 taller head tube and shorter top tube enabling a more
upright position.

Frame: Carbon fiber; asymmetric chain stays
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra Di2;
 Shimano Ultegra brakes; Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset; 
Deda Trentacinque stem; Deda M35 handlebar; Prologo 
Zero-II T2.0 saddle
Weight: 1,240 grams (frame)

$3,500, Specialized.com

On-road, off-road, no-road, the Diverge doesn’t care. This is a road bike only by the loosest definition of the term. Hydraulic disc brakes, room for massive tires, and comfortable, stable geometry let you take the Diverge anywhere.

Frame: Carbon fiber
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano 105; Praxis Works Turn Zayante crankset; Shimano RS785 brakes; Specialized Axis 4.0 wheelset; Specialized Comp Multi stem; Specialized handlebars; Specialized CG-R seatpost; Body Geometry Phenom Comp saddle
Weight: 18.5 lbs

$3,700, TrekBikes.com

Turn rough roads and gravel into miles of pleasure. The Domane 5.2 uses the same IsoSpeed decoupler found on Fabian Cancellara’s Roubaix-winning bike; it’s one of the most effective technologies for increasing ride comfort, without hindering efficiency, on the market.

Frame: Carbon fiber; IsoSpeed decoupler; BB90 bottom bracket; 3S chain keeper; DuoTrap ANT+ compatible
Fork: Carbon fiber; hidden fender mounts
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra; Bontrager Race tubeless-ready wheelset; Bontrager Race X Lite stem; Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone handlebar; Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seat mast cap; Bontrager Paradigm Race saddle
Weight: 16.4 lbs