The Best Professional Road Bicycles

The Best Professional Road Bicycles
During an average professional road bike race, there might be as many as a dozen different bike brands represented. Each one boasts of its merits, but only a few truly stand out. These are bikes with long, illustrious histories and a tradition of winning. They're also relative newcomers who have pushed the technological envelope and already made their mark upon the sport of professional road racing.

Colnago C-50

Arguably, the most illustrious name in the bike building business, Colnago has built bicycles for great champions. These include five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx and three-time Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Museeuw. The C-50 is Colnago's finest frame. Constructed entirely of carbon fiber, the bike weighs in at a staggeringly low 2.43 lbs. The C-50 comes in 21 different sizes, the most of any production bike, and seven available colors. There are both sloping and traditional geometry frames available. The 2010 C-50 retails for $4,449.

Trek Madone 6.9

You can't argue with success, and over the past decade Trek's top-of-the-line road bike has been nothing but successful. By 2010, the bike recorded nine Tour de France victories, seven of those by Lance Armstrong. Trek calls the Madone 6 series, "The most technologically advanced road bike ever made." The 2010 model includes a newly designed fork and integrated seat mast. Potential customers can fully customize their Madone, including paint scheme and components, through Trek's online configurator, called 'ProjectOne.' The 2010 Madone 6.9 with Dura Ace drive train and Race XXX Lite components retails for around $8,600.

Cervelo R3 SL

One of the most coveted bike brands today, Cervelo first gained renown as the steed of choice for professional cycling team CSC, where it recorded multiple victories in a variety of races., a purveyor of excellent bike frames, praises the R3 SL for its low weight and supreme stiffness under power. The frame absorbs the shocks and bumps of the road with unparalleled ability. The 2010 frame, weighing 900 grams, has six different sizes and retails for $4,000.

Specialized Tarmac SL3 Module

Despite producing such a wide range of cycling products, Specialized has retained its ability to produce champion caliber road bikes year after year. The Specialized Tarmac SL3 Module has secured a world championship, the coveted Tour de France Green Jersey, and multiple victories on the cobbles of Belgium and northern France, all within the last few years. Framesets include frame, fork, headset, seatpost, and crankset. Available in six different sizes, the Tarmac SL frame retails for $3,300.

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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