Editor's choice awards

This fast, lively model rides so smoothly, you might think it costs hundreds more. Already the lightest bike in this group, the 1.1 feels more agile than its 22-pound weight suggests, which should help Ron sprint up short hills. A compact double-chainring crank delivers crisper front shifts than the other models (which have triple cranks) and Ron won't miss the lowest gears. All three bikes have similar geometry, but the 1.1 responds more quickly to rider input than the others, which makes it more fun to ride. Of the three bikes, this one has the most powerful brakes, so it feels safer. The sporty bike is a great value that will help Ron conquer those 100-milers