Last Updated on November 29, 2020 by Johannes Kristjansson
You’re doing it. You’re actually going to bite the bullet and get a road bike.
It’s about time, too! Whether you are in it to break up the daily grind and commute or training to race competitively, there is the right beginner road bike for you.
Why Pick a Road Bike?
Are you looking to cut down on cab fare or maybe even brave getting rid of your car?
Maybe you just want to feel the wind whip on your face racing down the road.
Either way, a road bike is a great way to save money and get a workout.
It has almost a cult following and can be addicting. With all the terrible things people are addicted to these days, why not get addicted to something that is going to improve your health?
Top 3 Best Beginner Road Bikes
Entry level road bike options are pretty crazy.
You can get some far out there unnecessary accessories but I think it’s best to start with a quality bike that is going to teach you the ropes.
Then you can graduate into a higher end more techy bike as you feel more confident.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the 3 best entry level road bikes.
1.Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C
The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700 C is my #1 pick for a beginner road bike.
It has all the basics you need, maintains quality, and comes at a decent price, especially for a road bike.
- Easy Assembly
No tools required
- Shimano Shifter and Derailleur
Quality shifter and derailleur for seamless gear transition
- Aluminum Frame
Lightweight but sturdy
- Water Bottle Holder
Convenient and one less thing to buy
- 28 Pounds
Easy to store in between use
- Caliper Brakes
Quick braking especially if commuting
- Quick Release Front Wheel
Easy to do and tool-free
- Handlebar Dimensions
Almost all aluminum parts except for the steel fork makes a lightweight road bike. Weighing in under 30 pounds means it’s easy for you to hoist up some stairs or hang on a rack when commuting or traveling.
- Easy to Use
After the easy and quick assembly, all you have to do is ride. I like that it is simple and straightforward without sacrificing quality.
- Quick Release Wheel
This is a major benefit for beginners. Not having to learn or get special tools to take your front wheel on and off is great for a beginner road bike. I would highly recommend getting this feature.
While it is a fairly basic bicycle, it isn’t made cheaply. If put together properly, you may just want to tune it up from time to time, especially before races or trips.
Makes it perfect for commuting or traveling
- User Friendly
Don’t need previous knowledge to assemble and operate
- Shimano Shifter and Derailleur
Smooth shifting and an easier ride
Looks and feels more expensive than it is
- Quality of Parts
The brakes and add ons aren’t perfect, but again, you are paying a relatively low amount for a road bike
- Needs a Tune Up
I would highly recommend taking it in to a bike shop to get a tune up after assembly. They are going to tighten everything up and adjust things for you so you can have the best ride. Otherwise, some buyers have complained about placement of things like brakes and water bottle holder.
The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700 C is an excellent choice if you are a novice road cyclist.
It is lightweight, affordable, and has a fairly smooth ride.
I would highly recommend diving in with this bike 1st and working your way up to something more advanced after you put some serious miles on.
2. EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550
The EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550 is a really good beginner road bike. I like the style, sizing, and specs included.
It is an all-in-one great beginning bike for those getting started in the world of road cycling.
Let’s check out why this is my #2 pick.
- Two Sizes Available
- Lots of Design Combinations
Black-white K wheel
Black-white 30 rim
- Disc Brake System
Quicker stops and sturdier brakes for a safer, more controlled ride
- All Tools Included
No extra purchases necessary
- Aluminum Design
Lightweight and sturdy
There are some great features of the EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550 that will leave you feeling satisfied.
A couple different sizes to choose from to make sure you get the right fit for your body type. Ergonomics are important!
I really like the look of this bike. It looks a LOT more expensive than it should. Really sharp looking color combinations and wheels.
A disc brake system is going to be easier for you to start with than some of the caliper brakes.
Is really quite affordable for a beginner road bike. This isn’t a cheap or inexpensive hobby you are getting yourself into, by any means.
- Quick Assembly
Most buyers have spent about 20-30 minutes putting the bike together. Not bad if you consider all the components involved. Plus, as an added bonus, all of the tools come with it.
The aluminum frame lends itself to it being a lightweight bike. This is really useful if you are commuting or traveling. No one wants to lug a 50+ pound bike up and down a flight of stairs.
Just looks really sharp. You are definitely going to turn heads with this bike. I think it looks more expensive then it is.
- Issues with Chain
Some buyers have claimed it comes loose or off easily
Depending what color choices you pick it can be more expensive than the others.
- Brakes Rub
A good bike shop can help you with this, at a cost of course.
The EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550 is a great number 2 choice for a beginner road bike. It has a pretty decent set up for the price and looks really awesome.
This bike is lightweight without sacrificing the value of its components.
I think, like the other two bikes, bringing it in for a tune up after assembly is going to make or break this bike.
A good bike shop will have you feeling like you bought an expensive bike for a small fee.
Trust me, it’s worth the extra cost. All in all, I feel confident in the EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550 and it’s capabilities.
3. GMC Denali Road Bike
The GMC Denali is our 3rd place finisher. Lets just jump right into why the GMC Denali ended up in 3rd. Starting with the specs. (Full review here)
- Drop-bar Handlebars
Get the right hand position for your body type
- Aluminum Frame
Weighs in between 28-30 pounds depending on which size you choose
- Alloy 36 Spoke Rims on 28mm Tires
A classic road bike size tire
- Nylon Pedals with Steel Cages
Keep your footing without worrying about trashing your pedals
- Alloy Calliper Brakes
A basic braking system
- Shimano Rear Derailleur and Shimano Revo Shifters
Shift gears smoothly and efficiently
- Padded Vitesse Saddle
For a comfortable fit and smooth ride
- Water Bottle Holder
Always an added bonus
- Sure Grip Handlebar Tape
Allows for a comfortable grip and less chance of blisters
- Size Options
Small (5.1-5.8 inches)
Medium (5.8-6.0 inches)
Large (6.0-6.5 inches)
- Color Options
You really don’t want a heavy bike when it comes to a road bike, especially if you are a beginner. It’s best if you can easily pick it up and move it where you want. If you are commuting or traveling, it would be incredibly hard to haul around a super heavy or hefty bike.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Thie GMC Denali Road Bike is actually one of the best priced road bikes on the market. I like that it doesn’t cost a whole lot but still looks and feel like an expensive bike.
- Drop-bar Handlebars
These are a must, especially if you are new to the game. Drop-bar handlebars allow you to adjust your grip to what fits best with your body. This is important especially as a beginner so you can establish the best grip for you.
- Different Sizes Available
Ergonomics are something that every new road cyclist needs to be aware of. If you have an improper fitting bike, you are going to suffer both short term and in the long run from strained muscles and joints.
While these are just suggestions, I would highly recommend following them. Size small road bike is 5.1-5.8 inches. The stand over height is 29 inches. Size medium bike is 5.8-6.0 inches. The stand over height is 31 inches. Size large bike is 6.0-6.5 inches. The stand over height is 34 inches.
Having a nice looking bike is something most people want in a bike but feel they don’t need. Well, the GMC Denali Road Bike gives you both. You are welcome! It really does look more expensive than it is. My advice? Buy a bike lock.
Easy to take with you anywhere and everywhere
- Great for beginner, easy to use
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to operate
- Easy assembly
Make sure you read over the instructions carefully and you won’t have any trouble
- Price is excellent
One of the best priced quality road bikes on the market!
- Looks nice
Will fool people to believe you have a spendy and extravagant road bike
- Stiffer seat
A very basic seat which equates to, you are going to have to get used to it.
- Brake pads, wheels, and kickstand are not high quality
Needs a lot of pressure to brake. Tires are fairly thin and not quality grade, and the kickstand is a bit of a joke. Some of these things can be replaced sure, but you are going to have to pay extra for that.
- Not true road bike shifters
This might not matter to you, but if you are looking to specialize in road cycling, you are going to be a little annoyed at this. You can get a bike shop to help you with this as well, but again, another cost.
At an excellent price, and expensive looking design, the GMC Denali Road Bike boasts being a quality beginner road bike.
It will get you well versed in the road bike and will last you quite a few miles before you feel the need to upgrade.
Which Road Bike is Best for Me?
It all boils down to what you are looking for. I think we can agree a beginner road bike is going to be a lower quality than a professional or higher end road bike.
With that being said, there are some decent quality bikes out there for you and all at a pretty spectacular price for what you are getting.
Choosing one of the three bikes really comes down to price. They are all about the same quality and performance.
One may have better qualities than others but it also will probably be higher in price.
So again, it pretty much comes down to that. Just remember, you get what you are paying for.
A good bike tune up can go a long ways with a bike like this, too.
Whatever bike you end up choosing, I feel confident you will be happy with.
It’s going to be easy to put together, easy to use, and get you going right away which is probably what you are itching to do.
Alright you novice road cyclist you, do you feel ready to hit the road? You certainly should.
These three entry level road bikes are all quality choices at a price you cannot beat.
I think there is a certain latitude you need to grant these bikes and yourself as you embark on this new journey you are on.
Don’t sweat the small stuff and really enjoy getting to know yourself and your bike.
Road cycling can be useful for commuting, fun to do leisurely with friends, and a great hobby if you want to pick up competitive racing.
I like that these three bikes really allow you to pursue any and all of those activities and more.