Three of Trek's Entry Level Road Bikes in Top 14 for 2013 says Bicycling Magazine
The CrossRip is as utilitarian as it is playful. The rack mounts and powerful disc brakes make it ideal for grocery runs and daily commuting. But the carbon fork and wide Bontrager tires dare you to explore beyond your town’s boundaries, whether you’re cruising a rail-to-rail trail or maple-lined forest roads.
The Defy Composite 3 feels lively and responsive, with a measure of damping to muffle energy-sapping road vibrations thanks to Giant’s frame construction. The geometry also contributes to the crisp ride. The Defy shares frame angles with the pricier Defy Advanced SL. Both have well-balanced handling—stable at speed, snappy in tight S- turns. But don’t expect to cut underneath a race bike in a corner—that’s not in the Defy’s character. It’s best for long rides at a comfortable pace.
Engineers working on endurance road models have a difficult mission: to create a frame that is comfortable to ride but that doesn’t waste any pedaling power. Trek takes a novel approach to this dilemma. The Domane’s IsoSpeed system isolates the seat tube from the down tube and seatstays—effectively putting a leaf spring between the seatpost and frame without compromising chassis stiffness. The same technology is used on some of Trek’s WorldTour models, but this version comes with less expensive Shimano Tiagra components.
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Anyone who has recently caught the cycling bug should enjoy this versatile, spry model from Trek. The aluminum frame comes with proven Shimano Tiagra components that keep the weight down. The compact crank offers lower gears to help you summit any hills in your path, and the frame comes in eight sizes—making it easy to find a good fit. Mount fenders and a rack to turn this into a fast commuter.