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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Women’s road bikes

Whether you're just starting out or hoping to climb the ranks in your local race series, these women's bikes will fit the bill

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$5,300, Giant-bicycles.com
One of the only women’s-specific aero road bikes on the market, the Envie Advanced uses slippery tube shapes and custom brakes to reduce aerodynamic drag, while retaining impressive lateral rigidity. The bike Marianne Vos has ridden to numerous victories this year certainly won’t hold the rest of us back.

Frame: Carbon fiber; aerodynamically tuned
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra Di2; Giant SpeedControl SL Ti brakes; Giant P-SLR1 Aero wheelset; Giant Contact SL stem; Giant Contact SLR Aero handlebar; Fizik Donna saddle
Weight: 16.2 lbs


$8,100, Cannondale.com
The award-winning SuperSix EVO is the dream bike
 for women racers and those wanting one of the lightest 
women’s-specific production bikes ever created. It offers a
great balance of feathery weight, just the right amount of
 stiffness, and comfort, thanks to a special carbon layup in
 the rear triangle.

Frame: Carbon fiber: BB30
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-
Ace; Mavic Ksyrium SLS WTS wheelset; FSA SL-K
 cockpit; Fizik Vesta saddle
Weight: 14.2 lbs


$2,650, Ridley-bikes.com
The ideal choice for the woman who wants competition-level product at 
a great price. Compact gearing with properly fitted components makes it perfect for the competitive minded woman who doesn’t want a “pink it and shrink it” clone of a man’s bike.

Frame: Carbon fiber; PF30; women’s-specific geometry
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra; Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset; 4ZA Stratos cockpit and seatpost; 4ZA women’s Stratos Dynamic Comfort saddle
Weight: 17.8 lbs


$5,600, Specialized.com
Ridden by the most successful women’s cycling team in the world in 2014, Specialized-lululemon, the S-Works Amira SL4 is one of the lightest, stiffest, and fastest women’s bikes around. It’s a racer through and through.

Frame: Carbon fiber
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra; Roval Rapide CL40 wheelset; Specialized Pro SL stem; Specialized Women’s Expert handlebar; Specializd FACT carbon seatpost; Specialized Body Geometry Women’s Oura Expert Gel saddle
Weight: 16 lbs