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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Workhorse/race road

These bikes are made to be ridden hard and put away wet, whether you one for your Wednesday night throwdown or a full race season

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$2,820, Cannondale.com

The Cannondale CAAD line is legendary with racers, club riders, 
and those who demand the greatest performance out of their bicycle with an alternative to carbon fiber. It uses a sophisticated aluminum manufacturing process, mixing hydro-formed tubes with a double-pass, smooth welding process to produce a frame that is incredibly light and strong. The spec is designed for racers who are conscious of optimal performance, weight, and durability while keeping things affordable.

Frame: Aluminum; BB30 bottom bracket; external shift cables; optional internal electronic wiring kit
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: SRAM Force 22; Cannondale Hollowgram Si crank; FSA Energy wheelset; Cannondale C2 and C1 Ultralight cockpit; Prologo Nago Evo T2.0 saddle
Weight: 16.4 lbs

$1,875, Giant-Bicycles.com

Using Giant’s proven compact geometry, the TCR Advanced 2 offers all-around race performance. Born of the illustrious TCR lineage, it features a tapered steerer tube, a massive down tube, and an oversized bottom bracket for precise handling, offering confidence in the corners and excellent pedaling efficiency for conquering climbs and sprints.

Frame: Carbon fiber
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano 105 drivetrain; Shimano R561 brakes; Giant P-R2 Wheel System; Giant Connect stem; Giant Contact handlebar; Giant Vector composite seatpost; Giant Performance saddle
Weight: 17.1lbs

$7,950, Wilier.com

Drawing on the aerodynamic innovations of the Twin Blade time trial 
bike, and the ride quality of the Cento1 SR, Wilier Triestina developed the Cento1 Air to capture the best of both worlds: aero performance, exceptional ride quality and stiffness, and reasonable weight. Lowered stays, aero frame and fork shaping, and internal cable routing ensure a fast ride. Integrated fork design, BB386EVO and asymmetric chain stays boost stiffness.

Frame: Carbon fiber; BB386EVO bottom bracket; Kamm tail aero tube shaping; asymmetric chainstays; internal cable routing; integrated fork
Fork: Carbon fiber
Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace; Wilier Triestina/FSA SLK Light BB386EVO crankset; Mavic Cosmic Carbon SLE wheelset; FSA Energy cockpit; custom Ritchey/Wilier Triestina aero carbon seatpost; Selle San Marco Aspide saddle
Weight: 1,120 grams (size medium, frameset)

$7,800, Focus-Bikes.com

The Izalco Max is German-engineered excellence, one of the best race platforms we’ve ever tested. From conception through design to production, the Izalco Max refines every angle, junction, and frame element. The result is a light, stiff frame that maintains enough comfort for all-day rides.

Frame: Carbon fiber; tapered head tube with carbon bearing seats; PF30 bottom bracket
Fork: Carbon fiber; carbon crown race

Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2; DT Swiss RC38 Spline carbon clincher wheelset; Fizik cockpit and saddle

Weight: 1,045 grams (frame and fork)

$5,350, Time-Sport.com

The Skylon is an all-new design from Time — perfect for the rider who wants aero performance, stiffness, and comfort to create the fabled ride Time is known for. With 30 percent more torsional rigidity and 45 percent more bottom bracket rigidity, the Skylon replaces the ZXrs as Time’s bike for the pure racer. The Skylon is also available with an integrated seatpost and the all-new Aktiv fork. The fork uses a tuned mass damper to dissipate energy-sapping vibrations, keeping you fresher for longer.

Frame: Carbon fiber; made in France; BB386 bottom bracket; carbon fiber dropouts
Fork: Carbon fiber; integrated fork design; carbon dropouts
Component Highlights: Time Quickset headset
Weight: 1,380 grams (frame and fork)