Specialized Shiv Expert

$3,800, Specialized.com

The draw: Proven performance at a lower price

The Shiv has been around for nearly a decade and continues to be a great bike at a great price. One of the first bikes to integrate hydration into the frame, it ably combines aerodynamics with adjustability. The geometry is designed to fit a wide range of riders, and the adjustable, integrated front end means almost any rider will feel comfortable on the Shiv. A triangular storage box can be bolted to the main triangle, making carrying tubes and nutrition easier and more aero. Despite the massive downtube, the Shiv is fast and stable in crosswinds. Versatile and quick, the Shiv is a great bike for an athlete just getting into the sport who wants performance on a budget.