Trek Madone 2.1
The Trek Madone is a legendary frame and the 2.1 edition lives up to its lineage of racing. Every aspect of this frames’ design was taken into account, with speed in mind. Performance cable routing through the frame of the bicycle minimizes the encumbrance of getting cables getting snagged and helps maintain a longer cable life by protecting them from the elements.
The Madone’s unique frame design offers greater strength while minimizing weight. While in most road bikes you sacrifice comfort, Trek’s H2 fit features a higher head tube which adjusts the rider’s position and places less strain on the neck and back, a great feature for someone just getting into the sport and not used to aggressive riding positions. The Madone also features an asymmetric steering system which paired with the Shimano 105 drivetrain, maximizes the rider’s power transfer through steering and gearing.
The Madone 2.1 sits on Bontrager Tubeless Ready rims and is pre-mounted with R1 road tires, which is rare to find on an entry level bicycle and unique to this bicycle alone on this list. This attention to detail in combination with Trek’s reputation and warranty makes this easily my choice for best budget road bike.