How to choose the best road bike

Choosing you Trek roadie

How to choose the best road bike

Road bikes are designed to be ridden primarily on tarmac for recreation, fitness and speed. These are the bikes that you see everywhere from the Tour de France to the group road ride at your local bike shop. Road bike technology has developed at a rapid pace, and new bikes are lighter, stronger, more comfortable and faster than ever before.

All Trek road bikes will perform effectively in a wide variety of riding situations, from racing to long-distance touring. But each style is designed to emphasise certain rider priorities and be used for a particular type of ride. Determining which style of bike fits your goals is the first step in identifying the one that you’ll most enjoy riding.

Trek Road Bikes

Madone

The ultimate race bike.
Aero. Smooth. Lightweight. Pick all three. Sure, the fully integrated and super-aero Madone has proven to be the fastest road bike in independent testing, but what truly makes it magical is how light and comfortable it is for all-day riding on any type of road. If you want a super-fast aero rocket that rides as good as it looks, Madone is for you.

Émonda

Trek's lightest and best riding road bike.
Émonda is the complete road bike that provides classic styling with out-of-this-world ride quality. The size-specific tube design and cornering test optimisation makes every model ride like it is on rails. If you are looking for an amazing lightweight handling bike that climbs, descends and corners like a grand tour champion, Émonda is for you.

Domane

Providing the smooth advantage.
Domane conquers the roughest roads and adventure with ease as the IsoSpeed technology absorbs the worst ruts, bumps, gravel and potholes that come your way. The Endurance Geometry of the Domane line delivers on the promise to ride all-day with the utmost comfort, confidence and stability. It you are looking for a fast and versatile bike to ride all day and explore the world on two wheels, Domane is for you.

Trek Women's Road

Trek's first consideration

Before any other major bike company was even thinking about designing for women, Trek released their first full line of women-specific bikes. That was in 2000, and they’ve been refining their women’s product offering ever since. Every Trek Women’s road bike is informed by years of experience considering women from the very beginning.

What makes it WSD?

It’s not just a different paint scheme. The Trek Women’s Specific Design (WSD) badge indicates that a product was designed, tested and developed to address the specific needs of women cyclists that we’ve researched throughout the years.

WSD touch points

Aside from the pedals, you only touch your bike in two places. And if those places aren’t right for you, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Every Trek Women’s road bike has touch points designed for specifically for women, including saddles and handlebars.

Trek Touring

See the world

Touring bikes aren’t designed to win races or set records, unless your kind of record is seeing more of the world from the saddle. These bikes are designed to take you long distances in comfort. Looking for adventure? A touring bike is right for you.

Haul the essentials

Big adventures can require extra gear. Touring bikes have features that make it simple to mount racks, panniers and other bags so that you can carry everything you need to explore.

Ready for adventure

Touring bikes are built to stand up to the rigours of travel. From city streets to mountain vistas or desert roads, these bikes are built to last.

The bikes

920 disc
720 disc
520 disc

Trek Cyclocross

Ready to race

Cross bikes are designed for cyclocross racing, a growing and beginner-friendly discipline that involves racing skinny-tyre bikes on circuit courses that are primarily off-road, on grass and sometimes on trails.

Tough and capable

Features like treaded tyres and disc brakes make CX bikes most at home on dirt, grass, gravel and mud. In the off-season, it’s easy to swap the treaded tyres for slicks for a more efficient ride on the road.

World Cup Champs

Trek cyclocross bikes have been piloted to World Cup victories thanks to their dialled geometries, light weights and other race-ready features.

The bikes

Crockett
Boone

Trek Triathlon

Ultimate aero performance

Tri bikes take the aerodynamic benefits of integration and special tube shaping to an entirely new level. In a sport without drafting, these advanced aerodynamics give you the ability to cut through the wind for an ultra-efficient ride.

Put down power

Triathlon bikes are designed to transfer all of your power onto the road. They are exceptionally stiff, making them ideal for long, relatively flat stretches of road.

Race-specific features

A triathlon bike is the best choice if your primary interest in cycling is to train for triathlons and race in them. For riding that’s not as tailored to a specific purpose, a more traditional road bike is probably a better choice.

The bikes

Speed Concept

Where to now?

What size road bike is right for me?

Finding a bike that fits properly is the most important part of buying a new road bike. Check out this road bike sizing guide to find the size that's right for you.

Do I need disc brakes?

Disc brakes have become popular on road bikes in recent years, so it's worth considering their benefits when looking for a new road bike.