Which Road Bike should I buy?
If you have ever watched the Tour de France, Giro de Italia, Vuelta a Espana, Tour of California or Tour of Utah, you are now familiarized with what Road Bikes, or racing bikes, are. The main objective of any road bike is to transform any ounce of power generated by the rider into forward motion, making this type of bikes the fastest of all bicycle types. These bikes are also very popular with commuters looking for a fast way to get from point A to point B, as well as weekend riders working on their fitness level. The narrow tires, lightweight frame, and materials used in building these bikes make them not only fast on paved roads but also comfortable to ride hours on end if need be. Road Bikes typically fall into two major categories, Drop bar and Flat bar.
Drop bar bikes, feature a ram horns handlebar style, which allows the rider to set into a number of different positions for different purposes such as aerodynamic advantages or more upright position to rest the upper body on long uphills. On modern road bicycles, the gear mechanism is integrated into the brake lever both for ergonomics.
Drop bar bikes have subcategories within them, including endurance bikes, sought after for their more comfortable upright riding position, as well as racing bikes with a more aggressive riding position. Some Road Bikes also include specific aerodynamic characteristics to make them even faster.
More recently, Adventure Road Bikes, or Gravel Bikes, are gaining momentum in the market with increased popularity from road cyclists who crave a bit of off-road adventure or even mountain bikers who want to add cycling to their fitness regime but can’t stay away from dirt roads. These bikes feature a more upright geometry, wider tires, disc brakes and some include extra mounts to carry bags for multi-day trips.
Flat bar bikes share the same frame as drop bar bikes but use a flat handlebar with mountain bike type shifters, making this bike look like a proper mountain bike with skinny tires. This horizontal bar makes the riding position more upright and comfortable. Flat Bar Road Bikes are often preferred by commuters as the higher handlebar position allows the rider to look over cars when riding in traffic.
All sizes are measured in cm and vary in increments of 2 or 3 cm.
Similar to other brands such as Giant bicycles or Trek bikes, Polygon Bikes come equipped with components using the latest in cycling technology such as Shimano, SRAM, Schwalbe, WTB, Entity, Mavic and more.