Want to go fast and money’s not an issue? These pro-calibre steeds will run you near or above $10,000 and are among the best road bikes of 2017.
Trek Madone 9.9 ($11,999)
The most aerodynamic and efficient bike in Trek’s lineup, the Madone 9.9‘s radical tube shapes and integrated seatpost, head tube, stem, and handlebars maximize your watts. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components, Bontrager Aelous 5 D3 wheels, and a fully customizable paint scheme through Trek’s Project One complete the package.
Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS Disc eTap ($11,500)
Specialized Claims this is the fastest bike it’s ever built. The new disc-brake version of the S-Works Venge Vias is nearly two minutes faster (for 40 km) than the already very fast Specialized Tarmac. Couple this with an over 30 percent increase in front-end stiffness, a wireless SRAM eTap groupset, and tubeless Roval CLX 64 wheels, and you’ve got a bike that’s ready to destroy the competition.
Cervelo P5x ($11,000)
Cervelo’s P5x shows what is possible if a manufacturer ignores UCI’s restrictive regulations. After more than 180 hours in the wind tunnel, the P5x turned out remarkably faster than the high-end P5. The inclusion of disc brakes and a completely redesigned frame will earn you about 7 extra watts, which translates to 30 to 45 seconds over 40 km. It’s also among the most adjustable triathlon bikes on the market, is easy to disassemble and pack for travel, and includes integrated storage compartments.
Bianchi Specialissima Super Record EPS ($13,999)
While it may not be as eye-catching as other bikes on this list, the Bianchi Specialissima is definitely a dream bike. Among the lightest bikes on the market, the 780-gram frame uses Bianchi’s Countervail ultralight carbon, originally designed by NASA for its strength-to-weight ratio. Extremely stiff and efficient, it’s also built to be comfortable over long distances and handle well at high speeds. Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon wheels and top-end Campagnolo Super Record EPS components are included in the build.
Pinarello Dogma F8X Light ($8,499, frame only)
The Pinarello Dogma F8X Light has a Tour de France winning pedigree. Anyone can buy the Dogma F8; this F8X Light version was built specifically for Team Sky and Tour de France winner Chris Froome. It’s 80 grams lighter than the standard F8 frame without sacrificing any stiffness or aerodynamics. It’s sold only as a frame and will be limited to just 200 production models.
Cipollini NK1K ($12,000)
As a cyclist, Mario Cipollini was as flashy as they came. Following suit, his latest bike is one that will stand out in a pack. Aesthetics aside, it is also one of the purest speed machines available. This is sure to be a favorite of aggressive riders who don’t mind getting mixed up in a few bunch sprints. The frame is made with ultra-stiff high-modulus T1000 carbon and has a short head tube (138mm) and shallow seat angle — geometry that’s perfect for straight-line speed. Campagnolo Super Record components and wheels round out the package.
Felt AR FRD ($12,499)
Claiming to be up to 31 percent faster than traditional round-tube frames, the Felt AR FRD is the company’s first true “superbike.” With a UHC Ultimate TeXtreme carbon frame, Shimano Dura Ace Di2 components, Zipp 404 Firestrike carbon wheels, and an included Pioneer dual-leg power meter, this bike has everything needed to climb atop the podium.
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Black Inc. ($12,499)
Where the SuperSix Evo differs from others on this list is its focus on reducing road chatter and vibration over rough road surfaces. It’s also extremely light, 12.7 pounds fully built, and just as aerodynamic as true aero road frames. To top it off, Cannondale partnered with ENVE, one of the best wheel makers in the business.
Sarto Ferox (Price Varies)
Every bike made by Italian-based Sarto is custom made. Geometry, paint schemes, and component builds are left up to you. This is one of the best-built, fastest bikes available in 2017. An integrated seatpost, head tube, cockpit, and brakes are just a few of the frame highlights you can expect, regardless of the build you choose.
Look 795 Aerolight ($13,499)
Superbikes are known for having a difficult fit to dial in. The Look 795 Aerolight may be the most adjustable on this list, which can go a long way towards comfort and efficiency. The eye-popping, upward-sloping top tube, impressive aerodynamic design, and Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels will have you blasting up hills and dominating the peloton. This versatile bike is suitable for nearly any type of road race.