Let us tell you, there is no such thing as the best road bike. If there were, every pro cyclist would be riding one. Don’t you think so?
They all would be on similar bikes, with the same frame, same groupset, aerodynamics and more. Doesn’t this sound boring already?
To us, it already does.
But if you’re looking to buy the best road bike, there are quite a few questions that you need to answer.
Start off by asking yourself, what do you want to do with it? Do you want to race, exercise or commute? Do you want to get into triathlons or long distance cycling? How much will you be riding on a weekly basis? Alloy or carbon? What is your budget?
There are more questions than you need to ask when you go out to buy the best road bike.
Right, buying a bicycle is not that easy as you imagined. The beautiful picture you painted of walking into a bicycle store with pocket-full of cash and getting home your new found love is not how it ends. Sorry to ruin that for you!
To make your life at ease, here’s our guide that can help you buy the right bicycle. Do give it a read once, you’ll thank us later.
If you’re a beginner cyclist, a good idea is to start off with an MTB and eventually move on to the best road bike that you can afford. You can also start with an entry level road bike that offers decent specs to get your road biking life kick-started.
But before we get to the best road bikes in the market, here’s our definitive guide on how to buy a bicycle for adults.
Here are some of the so-called “best road bikes” below INR 50000.
An entry level road bike that offers decent components and comes with good frame design and quality finish is the Firefox mistral. If you are looking for good handling and performance, this bike is what you should be looking at. The bike comes with Shimano Sora groupset and wheels with Kenda 700x23c tires. Overall the bike is durable, effective and worth INR 35000.
BTwin Triban 100:
The Btwin Triban 100 is equipped with 7-speed Shimano Tourney rear derailleur that offers smooth and precise shifts.
Btwin Triban 500 INR 34,999:
A step up above the cheapest road bike, the Btwin Triban 500 is made for occasional road cycling over 40 to 60 kms. The bike is equipped with an aluminium frame, carbon fork, Ergonomic handlebar and new B’Twin Ergo Fit saddle for added comfort.
Considering the bike comes with a carbon fork at such a low price, the bike seems pretty promising. However, the components are not from renowned brands like Shimano and SRAM. We prefer them any day over Sunrace.
Triban 520 road bike:
If you want the best road bike for INR 40000, the Triban 520 is for you. It offers an excellent all-round road bike at a very low price. The triban 520 comes with an aluminium sport frame and a new carbon fork with inserts to attach a front-pannier rack. Plus, the bike also comes with Shimano Sora 9-speed that offers a very good transmission.
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Firefox Sirocco INR 33,100:
The Firefox Sirocco is aerodynamic and comes with an alloy frame. This bike offers the functionality of a country-side and urban cycling to the rider. The bike is also equipped with Shimano Sora drivetrain that offers a decent shifting experience.
MONTRA CELTIC 2.1 (2017) INR 35,800:
Apparently claimed to be an affordable bicycle, the Montra Celtic 2.1 offers comfort for endurance cycling. It is equipped with Shimano Claris that is a mid range groupset and offers good shifting experience. If you’re looking to buy the best road bike at an affordable price, this one should be on your list. You can also upgrade this bicycle later when required.
RIDLEY DAMOCLES 1 (2017) INR 46,100:
Belgian brand, Ridely is a renowned bicycle brand that has been around since 1997.
The Damocles 1 is an entry-level performance road bicycle that comes with Shimano Clairs as well. If you have a fixed budget and still wish to buy the best road bike, Ridely is what you should be looking at.
POLYGON STRATTOS S2 (2018) INR 42,990:
Started in 1989, Polygon is a well-known brand offering a variety of adult bicycles that are suitable for the global market.
Polygon Strattos S2 is another entry level road bike that provides good specs at good pricing. If you are looking for a performance bicycle that is suitable for fitness, commute and endurance, keep this bicycle brand in mind.
Giant SCR SE (2018) INR 44,000:
One of the biggest bicycle manufactures in the world, Giant is known to make some of the best roadbikes for newbies, amateurs and pro cyclist.
The Giant SCR SE comes with a Aluxx-Grade Aluminium frame, Shimano Claris front and rear derailleurs which are attached to Shimano Claris shifters. This versatile road bike is durable and certainly an all-rounder bike for everyone.
Giant SCR 2:
Another best road bike made by Giant at a lower price that is durable and offers comfort is the SCR 2. Just like the SCR SE, this bike comes with Shimano Claris font and rear derailleurs that make shifting a breeze. The SCR 2 is suitable for long, short and fast paced rides.
SCOTT SPEEDSTER 40 (2018) INR 48,400:
Started in 1958, Scott has earned a name for its innovation and advanced technology. The speedster 40 comes with 6061 Alloy frame with an endurance geometry, Shimano Claris front and rear derailleurs and Tektro Comp V-Brakes.
GIANT CONTEND 3 (2018) INR 49,000:
Last but not least, the giant contend 3 is another bicycle that is ideal for any adult looking to buy an endurance focused road bicycle for long distance riding.
FUJI SPORTIF 2.3 (2018): INR 52000
If you’re looking for a mid range performance road bike, have a look at this beauty. The Fuji Sportif 2.3 comes with Shimano Claris front and rear derailleurs. So if you are an intermediate cyclist, this bike should be your choice.
Java Veloce 2:
Another budget road bike that’s making waves in the market for its affordable pricing and brilliant colour variations is the Java Veloce 2. The alloy frames bicycle weights around 10.5 kgs and comes with Shimano Sora (front and rear).
Done reading our list of the best road bikes, read our list of Best MTBs as well.
These are some of the best road bikes that you can get under INR 50000. If you feel we have missed any, do comment below and let us know the same. We would be more than happy to add it to our list best road bikes.
Note: The list of best road bikes are compiled from the internet. Velocrush hasn’t reviewed these bicycles personally. To know which bike is suitable for you, feel free to email us.