Ideal for. If you are looking to beat the local KOM up a climb, race your local criterium series or have a need for speed, these bikes are for you.
Our performance bikes use lightweight frames, high-quality drivetrains for premium shifting performance and wheels that roll extremely fast. They are ready for you to win.
Ideal Terrain. Performance road bikes are optimised to achieve maximum speed on pristine tarmac. They glide along as if you were on an extremely fast cloud. They are designed for the road and are not recommended for riding on dirt, gravel or other surfaces.
Ideal for. Riders who just want to hop on their bike and ride will love All-Road bikes. They are designed with comfort and ease in mind so that you can pedal long distances along an undetermined path. There are no special components or quirky standards. They are simple bikes you can just ride whenever you want.
Ideal Terrain. All-Road bikes are perfect for roads that may not be as smooth as you first thought. If you take a wrong turn and end up on a light gravel road, All-Road bikes will have your back. Disc brakes and tubeless tyres are extremely reliable and will keep you out of trouble.
Ideal for. Drop bar bikes are perfect for riders who want to get into low aerodynamic positions, attack descents with confidence or just want multiple hand positions for comfort. Drop or "curved" handlebars have multiple hand positions for riders spending hours in the saddle.
Ideal Terrain. Drop bars are found on all styles of road bikes, and depending on the style of the road bike you choose, the ideal terrain will differ. If you are looking for performance on the smooth tarmac, Performance Road is the best category. Riders who want to explore off the beaten track should look at Gravel or All-Road bikes as they provide a more robust and comfortable ride.
Frame material. All variations of road bikes are available in either alloy or carbon fibre frames. Alloy is a more available material and the manufacturing techniques are less complex, so bikes using this material are often more budget-friendly. Alloy frames can be heavier and result in a less comfortable ride due to the materials less tunable properties.
Carbon fibre offers tunable compliance throughout the frame, greater strength to weight ratio, and is more malleable for unique frame shapes. Carbon fibre frames are often constructed to be latterly stiff under power while remaining vertically compliant for comfort. Frames are also lighter yet retain the same strength as alloy, so they climb and respond to rider inputs better without breaking. Of course, all these benefits do not come cheaply, so carbon fibre frames are more expensive.
Tyres. The days of 19mm tyres pumped up to 150psi are gone. Modern road bikes are often fitted with wider tyres due to the added comfort and extra grip. 25-30mm wide tyres are commonplace on performance road bikes as they provide the perfect balance of rolling efficiency and comfort.
All-Road and Flat Bar road bikes are often equipped with 28-35mm tyres for supreme comfort on rough roads. The bigger tyres can be run at a lower pressure and add extra cushioning between the rider and the road. Another added benefit is increased stability and grip thanks to the wider tyres extra footprint.
Brakes. In recent years, disc brakes have become more common on road bikes due to their extra power, supreme modulation, and increased reliability. Rim brakes are still equipped on some bikes as they are more cost-effective and often weigh less. Unfortunately, rim brakes lack modulation, power and can be ineffective on carbon rims. Disc brakes also allow bikes to run bigger tyres as there is no chance of the tyres contacting the brake callipers.
Drivetrain. Performance road bikes are often equipped with two gears at the front and a close-range cassette at the back. This is because riders have an optimum cadence. The closer gear range allows riders to maintain cadence in all circumstances. Some All-oad bikes and Flat Bar bikes use a 1 x drivetrain for simplicity and reliability. While it may lead to some small difficulties in finding the right gear, the added reliability is second to none.
Ideal for. Flat bar road bikes are perfect for riders looking to commute to work, ride for fitness on the weekends or want to experience road cycling with more comfort. The bigger tyres, flat handlebars, upright riding position and ergonomic contact points make riding a joy.
Ideal Terrain. Flat bar road bikes are designed to add extra comfort and utility to the road riding experience. Thanks to their bigger tyres and ergonomic contact points, flat bar road bikes are often at home on the rougher roads. They still maintain the efficiency and agility of their drop bar siblings, providing riders with an exciting yet comfortable ride.
A road bike allows you to travel long distances on smooth surfaces. Most people prefer using bicycles for transportation because of the health benefits and lower expenses compared to daily public transport and car costs. You save money while improving your cardiovascular fitness, stamina and muscle strength.
There are various selections of road bikes for sale online with corresponding situational pros and cons. Knowing more about the specifications will help you decide which ones to purchase.
Types of Road Bikes
Road bikes have big wheels, drop bars and lightweight components perfect for fast speeds and long distances on various surfaces. However, most road bikes fair well on flat surfaces. Ultimately, the function should dictate the selection, whether you want a bike for daily work transport, paved long-distance road trips, racing or marathons.
These are the types of road bikes according to function:
The commuter bike is arguably one of the most popular bicycles for everyday folk, with durability and comfort built for daily use in all weathers. Commuter road bikes Australia often features mudguards and racks to help with your belongings. It's great for everyday use but can't compete with racer or aerodynamic bike speeds.
The race bike is lightweight men's road bike for fast speeds, characterised by low handlebars, flat stem and shorter head tube. The bicycle has higher gearing for more speed and better handling with carbon aero or lightweight skinny wheels. It's perfect for speed thrills, racing and going fast speeds but not appropriate for extended rides on steep terrains and touring.
Triathlon or Time Trial (TT) bikes
The triathlon, time trial or TT road bikes defy wind resistance and allows the rider to glide at the highest possible speeds. The aerodynamic properties will enable the biker to propel themselves forward with little effort or power. TT is ideal for quick rides in short periods but not for running errands around town.
The aero road bike has a great aerodynamic form similar to the TT bike but for regular road use. It has identical gearing to race bikes, and it's excellent for going against wind drag at higher speeds but not suitable for relaxed and slower rides.
One of the typical and most popular road bikes is the touring bike, mainly built for comfortably travelling long distances while transporting heavy loads. It features low gearing with rigid wheels and more spokes. Touring bike is excellent for sightseeing and travelling long distances but a letdown on anything speed-related.
Endurance or sportive bikes
The sportive or endurance bike design allows the rider to participate in cycling challenges, prioritising stamina and endurance rather than speed. It's a comfortable and stable version of aerodynamic or race road bikes, offering better handling when riding long distances. It's appropriate for travelling around hilly terrains but not for short-time racing needing speed bursts.
The gravel bike is a league of its own with the ability to tackle both flat and off-road terrains. It combines touring and commuter bikes with comfort for rough road conditions. However, there are high-speed gravel bikes designed for off-road racing that are more sturdy and durable than the standard road bikes for sale.
Road Bike Selections
You must familiarise the builds and styles to choose the perfect road bike in Australia for you. The geometry, measurements and materials will determine how your bike will withstand your usage frequency and capacity. Aside from the type, which would immediately give their intended use away, you need to consider how the bike size compares to your body shape and size.
While most modern trail bikes for sale have better technology or improved functionalities, it's still important to understand the components of a road bicycle:
- Frameset or frame - made from steel, aluminium, carbon or titanium with the geometric design based on its type.
- Wheels and tyres - 18mm to 25mm for bikes focused on racing and 28 to 30mm for those concentrated on endurance. Tyre pressure is usually around 70 to 120 psi.
- Saddle - road saddles are often sparsely-padded and narrow, offering better support during long rides.
When looking at the different road bike types and designs, you should consider the geometry to size ratio (RH - rider height, ILW - inside leg width and BFS - bike frame size) with the following examples:
- 5'1" to 5'3" RH, 27" to 29" ILW, 48cm BFS
- 5'3" to 5'5" RH, 28" to 30" ILW, 50cm BFS
- 5'5" to 5'7" RH, 29" to 31" ILW, 52cm BFS
Most road bike Australia can accommodate up to 62cm bike frame size for riders as tall as 6'3" to 6'5".
High-Quality Road Bikes for Sale
Bikes Online's wide selection of road bikes features different materials and specifications, perfect for your next road adventure. We deliver high-quality products at reasonable costs because we believe that cycling is for everyone. Check out our full range of bikes on sale today.