Light, fast and agile, our performance road bikes are perfect for taking that local KOM or winning the next crit race.
Performance Road Bikes
Ideal for. Riders who want to challenge their local KOM’s, enjoy the sprint to the coffee shop and love to test their limits when it comes to maximum speed will thrive on a performance road bike. These bikes are designed to take a rider to the podium at their local criterium or road race. Sprinting, climbing and speed are a part of these bikes' DNA.
Ideal Terrain. Performance road bikes are at home on the smooth tarmac climbing up towards the top of a mountain and then weaving through the hairpins back down. While bigger tyres have made road bikes more comfortable one the rougher roads, they still aren’t ideal for any gravel.
Components. Performance road bikes have curved handlebars often referred to as "Drop Bars." Drop bars offer multiple riding positions ranging from comfort while climbing and performance on the descents. Sitting on the hoods (on top of the shifters) gives comfort to the rider during climbing and flat ground. When in the drops (the lower part of the bar), the rider has more control and weight on the front wheel during descents and sprints.
Gearing. With short ratio gearing on the back and compact gears on the front modern road bikes allow riders to maintain optimum cadence in any situation. Performance isn't just going fast; it is just as important to stop quickly and efficiently. Disc brakes are on more and more road bikes because they have better modulation, more power, and amazing consistency.
Frame style. Power is transferred to the ground via stiff wheels, often alloy but can be made of carbon to reduce the stiffness to weight ratio. Light wheels accelerate faster, and some even have a deeper rim depth for aerodynamic gains. Deeper rims can be more efficient or fast in a straight line; you may experience interference from side winds that can cause the bike to go off track. Smaller depth wheels can climb better and are better in side winds.
Tyres. Tyres were classically thin and measured around 25mm across. In modern times tyres are getting wider, up to 32mm on some bikes, because they provide more comfort. Some may say they roll slower; however, thanks to their shock absorption and ability to remain online on rougher roads, bigger tyres have more benefits than cons.
Here at Bikes Online offer the best bikes for the best price and deliver premium service to make sure you get the right bike. We can help with sizing, spec, and making sure your next road bike gets you up the hill fast and back down with a smile on your face. Shop our range now.
Feel the Speed with Road Racing Bikes
When it comes to conquering the open road and pushing your limits to the max, there's no better companion than a performance bike. These sleek machines are designed for riders who crave the thrill of challenging their local KOMs - or QOMs for the ladies - and yearn to test their limits at top speeds.
If you're ready to experience the exhilaration of racing bikes, BikesOnline Australia has you covered. Explore our vast selection of top-quality bikes and get ready to unleash your speed on the open road.
Racing Bikes: Performance and Precision in One
Performance bikes are like the racehorses of the cycling world. They are engineered to deliver lightning-fast speed and uncompromising precision, making them the ideal choice for cyclists who demand the best. Whether you're conquering a steep climb towards the peak, clocking aerodynamic performance on a time trial or weaving through challenging hairpin turns on the descent, racing bikes are the perfect choice all around.
Handles: The Art of Control and Comfort
One of the defining features of performance bikes is their downward curved handlebars, often called “drop bars”. These bars offer multiple riding positions, ensuring you're comfortable while climbing and enjoying optimal performance during descents. Moving up and navigating flat terrain becomes easier when you're in the hoods (on top of the shifters). But when you drop into the lower part of the bar, you gain more control and weight distribution on the front wheel, which is crucial during sprints and rapid downhill runs.
Gearing: Reliability and Efficiency
Modern racing bikes come equipped with short ratio gearing on the rear and compact gears on the front. This setup allows riders to maintain the ideal cadence in any setting, ensuring a seamless and efficient ride. Performance isn't just about going fast; stopping quickly and efficiently is equally important. That's why more and more performance bikes feature disc brakes, offering superior modulation, increased stopping power, and unmatched consistency. Whether you’re taking part in a regional triathlon or you’re racing your mates on the local racing circuit, using the gears correctly will give you an advantage.
Frame Style: Stiffness and Speed
Power transmission to the road is key, and performance bikes achieve this through rigid wheels, often made from alloy or carbon, to optimise the stiffness-to-weight ratio. Lightweight wheels facilitate quicker acceleration, with certain models featuring deeper rim profiles to improve aerodynamic performance. However, it's worth noting that deeper rims, while excelling in straight-line speed, can be susceptible to the gusts and cross winds. So, when it comes to climbing and confronting side winds, shallower-depth wheels excel and provide greater stability.
Tyres: Balancing Comfort and Speed
Traditionally, road racing bike tyres were slender, measuring around 25mm in width. However, in modern times, tyres are getting wider, with some road bikes accommodating up to 32mm tyres. This shift towards wider wheels contributes to increased comfort and traction on the road. While some argue that wide tyres roll slower, their ability to absorb shocks and maintain stability on rough roads more than compensates for any minor decrease in speed.
User-Friendly Shopping Racing Bikes at BikesOnline Australia
At BikesOnline, we take pride in offering the finest racing bikes at the best prices. Our website easily guides buyers through every element of your cycling needs to arrive at an integrated result perfect for your biking lifestyle. Our commitment to premium customer service ensures you'll find the perfect bike to enhance your riding experience. Take advantage of our convenient payment options, including PayPal - Pay in 4 and ZipMoney, so you can enjoy your new bike while staying on budget. Our fast Australia-wide delivery ensures you can begin your next cycling adventure without delay.
At BikesOnline Australia, we stand behind the quality of our products so you can ride more for less. We're confident you'll love your new performance bike especially once you hit the road. However, if you decide to return it for any reason, our free 30-day bike return period allows you to receive a full refund - no worries.
Contact us with any questions you may have about sizing, specifications, and anything else you can think of to ensure you’re riding the best. We want your new racing bike to get you up that hill faster with a big smile to your face along the way.