Bicycles are an excellent means of getting around especially for students. Traveling around the campus or to the university is much more pleasant on a bike. Competition bikes in particular have proven to be the most popular ones mostly because they can reach high speeds on the road and because they are light. Here are the top 10 best competition bikes for college students in 2018 reviews.
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The Vilano is a simple road bike with a lightweight aluminum 6061 frame. It has doubled walled machined sides and a 21 speed Shimano derailleur. Being a lightweight road bike makes it easy to reach and maintain high speeds. The most attractive aspect of this particular model is the extremely low price making it affordable regardless of the available budget.
Kestrel’s Talon Tri-Shimano bike is probably the most affordable bike that comes with a carbon frame and premium parts. It has a 11 speed rear derailleur and a 2 speed front derailleur which gives it great flexibility when going for long rides. It comes completely assembled and it requires little to no maintenance. The model also comes with a limited life-time warranty.
The Schwinn Phocus is a great road bike that can be used for both long drives and travelling around the city. Despite being so affordable the model comes with a decent pair of derailleurs and excellent breaks. Its slim profile rims makes it easy to maintain high speeds while the 28 speeds available can make it easy to ride in any circumstances.
The Shadow road bike from Vilano was built to look like a ghost. Using a complete while aluminum frame and durable breaks and derailleurs the model manages to behave decently when going for both long rides or when traveling around the city. It has 9 speeds using a Shimano 9 spoke rear derailleur and a two spoke front derailleur.
The Giordano is a mid-range road bike sold for an extremely affordable price. It has a 16 speed Shimano STI drive train and a light aluminum 6061 frame. The bike is mostly recommended for the ones that need something light without paying too much. It is a decent and reliable model with mid-range parts that will provide decent performance.
For the price it is difficult to find a lighter road bike than the Royal from SE Bikes. It has a light aluminum frame with a Shimano Sora rear derailleur and a Shimano Sora front derailleur. The shifters are limited to 16 speeds while the break set is made of aluminum alloy. Being so light makes it easy to maintain high speeds which recommends it mostly for the ones that need to travel long distances.
The Rommaso Imola is a great looking bike and despite not being the lightest in the list it does behave quite well on the road. Its high performance rear and front derailleur aid the rider to gain full control over the bike while the slim profile rims makes it easy to reach high speeds.
While most of the bikes listed seem quite similar there are a few key differences and most of them are linked to the price. Paying a bit more means better breaks and derailleurs but when a decision is required, design also becomes an important factor. The ideal choice should be something in the middle. It should be a bike that looks great and offers decent performance and fortunately there are plenty of models in our top 10 that meet the criteria.