2013 buyer's guide performance rides.
Cannondale Slice RS Hi-Mod Ultegra
Hot enough to grace our cover, the new Slice RS is wafer thin and extremely aero – everything from the innovative fork and seatpost, to the hidden windshadow brakes, are designed to cheat the wind. The CFit modular fit system (which provides lots of room to adjust the bars and armrests) allows you to fine tune your position to ensure you’re as aero as the bike. Finish it all off with Shimano’s reliable Ultegra derailleurs and you have no excuses when it comes to your performances this summer.
Scott Plasma 20
Scott’s top Plasma model (Limited) is amongst the best of the current crop of superbikes on the market. The Plasma 20 utilizes the same frame design, but keeps costs down thanks to a slightly less forgiving Plasma 2 frame along with Ultegra and fsa components. The extremely adjustable seatpost allows you to set yourself up on the saddle in either a far-forward position or a more relaxed setup closer to a road position. Add in the great handling and power-transfer capabilities of the Plasma 2 frame and you have a lot of bike for the price.
The Comet offers lots of aerodynamic and performance-oriented features for the price. It all starts with the Aero 7005 butted aluminum frame that is designed to cheat the wind thanks to both the aero tube shapes and the hidden brakes (a feature definitely not usually seen on bikes in this price range). A full-carbon fork helps smooth out the ride, while the combination 105 front and Ultegra rear derailleurs ensure reliable shifting.