2018 Best Bang for the Buck Bikes!


There is something great about owning a bike that matches your skills and ability knowing it won't break down.  It is even better when you don't have to spend a fortune.  Knowing that you can put the bike through its paces without inconveniences and issues brings peace and enjoyment to your ride.  Here are a few bikes we carry that we feel are great deals when it comes to price vs. performance!

All-rounder hard tail - Giant Fathom 1 - $1,480

Looking for a great all-round budget friendly hardtail?  The Giant Fathom may be your bike then.  This particular model, the Fathom 1, comes in either a 27.5 or 29 inch wheel to suit your riding style.  120mm travel from an SR Suntour Axon Fork, thru axle and tubeless tires are great features that make this bike very capable.  Don’t forget the fantastic Shimano SLX group, it is 1 by 11 and provides great range for tough climbs.

Budget Friendly XC Racer - Specialized Chisel Expert - $1,850

Want a race ready hardtail that doesn’t break the bank?  The Specialized Chisel Expert is a package worth looking at.  The 1X SRAM GX drivetrain makes this bike efficient and lightweight while the Rockshox REBA RL fork provides 100mm of smooth and confidence inspiring travel.  Available with BOOST wheel spacing for added stiffness.  It also has that Specialized appeal that makes it so attractive!

Entry level Road bike - Giant Contend 1 - $880

If you are in the market for your first road bike, this is for you!  Giant makes some of the best bikes in the world and this is no exception.  The Shimano Sora 9speed group is flawless and looks the part.  It has a carbon fork and aluminum frame to make sure that this bike feels fast and rides smooth.  Don’t forget, it comes tubeless off the box so ride quality is top notch on this budget friendly roadie.


Dream Road Bike for less - Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 - $3,215

I know, $3,250 does not sound like a bargain but consider how much of a race ready machine this is compared to the ultra high end $9,000 road bikes and it will have you thinking otherwise.  The new Ultegra R8000 is impeccable and the carbon wheels make this bike a climber’s delight.  Did we mention it comes almost under UCI minimum weight limit (15lbs.)?  Yeah, this thing means business on a $10,000 level, at basically $3,000.  This is also the weapon of choice for our Giovanni’s Tile Design Racing team.

More Adventure for less $ – Specialized Crosstrail Sport - $800

Gravel is in right now!  Looking for a budget friendly gravel bike to take you almost anywhere with all your gear included?  The Crosstrail might be the bike for you.  Hydro Disc brakes, BRAIN tuned fork and a sturdy Shimano Alivio rear derailleur will have you going places you haven’t been before.

Crush the Trails, not your wallet – Giant Trance 2 - $2,890

This bike just delivers in every single aspect when it comes to hitting the trails.  It’s a point and shoot device that delivers stability, speed and confidence.  Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Performance Float Shock with 150/140mm of smooth travel? – check.  Trunnion / Maestro rear shock mount for added leverage? – check.  Flawless Shimano SLX 11speed drivetrain? – check… Dropper post and tubeless? Also check!

Crit Race Ready Machine – Specialized Allez Sprint Comp - $1,800

Want a Criterium ready bike off the showroom floor?  This one is it!  Stiffer and more aero than the first generation Venge (a $3,000+ carbon bike) this bike will have you on your toes wanting to go faster in and out of every corner.  Shimano 105 11-speed components are rugged and precise performing like its Ultegra and Dura Ace siblings at a more affordable cost.  Add a set of aero wheels and you won’t want to ride another bike.