If you're about to take the plunge and buy your first road bike, congratulations. If you're a seasoned cyclist looking for the next n+1, we've got you covered too, because there's no feeling like that New Bike Day feeling.
We've pulled together the best road bikes of 2021, whether you need a faster commuting bike, you need a bit of help on the hills or you need that aero advantage to get you onto the podium.
The best road bike for beginners
The Vitus Razor is one of the best entry-level road bikes for the money. Built to be capable and reliable, it will take you from your first weekend ride up to challenging sportives and wherever else road riding takes you.
The modern-looking 6061-T6 Double Butted aluminium frame has a full UD T-700 carbon fork with a tapered steerer so it's relatively lightweight. As you get to grips with road riding, the confidence-inspiring frame geometry will have you looking forward to the next ride every time you get home from the last one.
A Shimano Claris R2000 8 speed drivetrain is reliable and offers a big enough gear range to cope with most climbs you'll encounter. Dual bottle and mudguard mounts make it easy to set your bike up for any conditions.
The best road bike for racers
When Vitus gave their racing machine, the ZX-1, a total overhaul, they had one thing in mind. Speed. How fast you can take this bike is up to you but every part of it has been thought through with the end goal of helping you to leave the competition in your wake.
In aero testing, the new ZX-1 exhibits up to 45% less drag than the previous model when built up as a full bike. Although rider position, kit, weather conditions and all kinds of other variables come into the mix out on the real-life road, we think this bike gives you a pretty decent advantage.
The best road bike for climbers
Make short work of hills and power up mountains on the Vitus Vitesse Evo. The refined carbon layout has allowed Vitus to make the 2021 model 10% lighter and 34% stiffer than its predecessor.
The race-ready geometry includes a longer top tube, lower front end and shorter chainstays which mean this bike handles like a dream. Disc brakes are standard throughout the range for confident stopping power.
The best road bike for sportives
Whether you need a road bike for a charity bike ride, a sportive, or even your first century bike ride, the Vitus Zenium can handle any terrain with ease. For those with podium ambitions, this capable bike can even take on hard training sessions or the local crit race.
With a compact frame geometry and slender dropped seatstays, you can expect all-day comfort without sacrificing speed and handling.
The carbon fibre fork has a tapered steerer for incredible handling and there's up to 32mm tyre clearance so you have a range of options depending on where you want to go.
The best electric road bike
Enjoy even longer days in the saddle with the added backup of an electric motor, making even the hardest climbs that bit more manageable.
The integrated electric drive system from Fazua is the lightest and most compact in the industry. It's seated in a mid-position on the lightweight carbon frame, meaning that this bike will feel as nimble and fun as the best road bikes.
The Shimano 105 2 x 11-speed hydraulic disc groupset will help you to tackle tricky terrain with confidence and ease. The Emitter's fast-rolling Prime Baroudeur disc wheelset teamed up with Schwalbe One Performance tubeless tyres, set you up for a smooth and efficient ride.