What type of road bike should I buy? It's a question we hear often. Whether you're looking for the best beginner road bike or a top-end racing bike, we're here to help. Today, the best bike brands offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points, and there is a dazzling array of options to choose from. Drivetrains run from standard, entry-level fare all the way to ultralight, 22-speed electric-shifting systems; brakes come in an astounding variety including lightweight dual-pivot calipers, aerodynamic hidden-mount rim brakes, and powerful hydraulic discs; and wheelsets run the gamut from sturdy to aerodynamic to ethereally light.

We'll explain the decisions you need to make and offer advice on everything from frame materials and wheels to gearing and component choices.