The original race bike. Back in the day, bikes were made of steel and featured slack geometries. Roads were also cobbled and rattled the teeth of any bike rider.

The age-old adage says that “Steel is real” but new technologies in carbon fiber and aluminum produce lighter and cheaper bikes with similar- if not better- attributes. These bikes are designed to absorb vibrations and bumps from the road to create a plush, comfortable ride coupled to the stiff chassis of their race heritage.

Endurance bikes feature a gradual saddle-to-handlebar drop or rise, perfect for less flexible riders.

Get one if: You enjoy pushing your limits, but want a bike that will also sing the backup lyrics on a slow, sunny-day ride.