If you are looking for a new bike, regardless of ride style, type or level of skill, you need to choose the best bike for your body type, budget and experience. You will also need to know what kind of bike ride you are looking for.
Below are the best brands sorted by bike type and style. Click on the bike type you are looking for to see who we think are the best in the business.
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The Best Bike Brands by Type
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Step 1. Select your Bike Type
The first, and most important part to selecting the right bike is figuring out what you plan to use it for. Do you need a city bike to commute with, are you going camping with your bike, or perhaps training for the Tour de France?
Check out the quick summary of each bike type below. Click on the red button if you want to get our take on the best bikes of each type.
If the idea of cruising down the highway as fast as you possibly can, then a road bike is exactly what your adventurous spirit needs.
Mountain bikes are ideal for all sorts of conditions. While they’re a bit heavier and slower than a road bike, they’re easier to ride.
Electric bikes (also known as e bikes) are perfect for long-distance riding, or when you just don’t feel like working up a sweat!
Hybrid bikes are all about versatility. While they don’t really handle specific tasks as well as a dedicated bike, the appeal is that it can do both.
Cruiser bikes have had a resurgence in the last decade or two. With large tires, the ride is considerably more comfortable and smooth.
If getting from point A to point B is too boring, you might be looking for a little bit more fun. Are you looking for the best BMX bike for adults or kids?
No speeds and gears, fixed gear bikes are known for simplicity. Fixies are popular - they’re easy to tinker with, and you have a lot of control.
Folding bikes are more than just a gimmick. Being able to fold your bike up and carry it is incredibly useful in bustling downtown areas.
An exercise bike alows you to workout in the comfort of your living room. Looking for an upright, spinning or recumbent bike?
Step 2. Deciding On A Brand
Brand goes with performance and your bike type.
You don’t want to go with a popular bike brand just because you have heard of it. If you are looking for the best cruiser bike, for example, for every day casual riding, you won’t want to spend your money on a Santa Cruz model designed for downhill racing.
While most brands will manufacture most types of models and types, the one for you will come down to budget, comfort and performance.
Mountain Bike Brands
Almost without fail, every manufacture will have a mountain bike in their lineup. This doesn’t mean it is the best option. Best mountain bike brands such as Giant and Fuji provide some of the best MTBs built because that is the main focus of the company.
BEIOU shouldn’t be overlooked in the mountain bike category either. Their standards will ensure a great ride with a budget friendly model.
Road Bike Brands
Road bikes are designed for riders that want to train, or that never like to go off-road. The best road bike brands are:
Triathlon Bike brands
Just as with any other category, more than brand will make a triathlon bike. For the serious athletes out there, two names stand above the rest. Kestrel has won more triathlons than almost any other bike brand.
Vilano has excellent triathlon bikes for smaller budget professionals.
Urban and Fixie brands
Downhill and BMX bike brands
When it comes to downhill racing, one brand is more dedicated and experienced than any other: Santa Cruz.
Specialty Bike brands
Fitness bikes have two brands solely dedicated to your needs: Exerpeutic and Marcy. If, however, you are looking for an electric/hybrid bike then you will want to focus your attention to Addmotor, Ancheer or Magnum.
For a folding bike, you should scan the options over at Montague.
Finally, if you want a daily cruiser to just ride around in, Sixthreezero has you covered.
If you want to dabble in a little bit of everything, then you want to look for the best all-around bike available.
Step 3. Find The Best Fit
Once you know what type of bike you prefer you need to find the best fit. You will need to be able to stand, straddling the top bar with your feet flat on the ground. You should measure your inseam height from the ground to your crotch and ensure the bike will fit that measurement.
You will be able to adjust he seat height as well as the handlebar height on most every model, including the lean and angle. If you are on a mountain bike, for example, you will want a more back angle seat and down angle handlebars to provide the best maneuverability.