Cheap Bike vs. Super Bike: What’s the difference?

Canyon with Dura Ace faces off against eBay budget special

Cheap Bike vs. Super Bike: What's the difference?

The super bike can definitely make you faster.

How much difference is there between a Canyon superbike with the latest Shimano Dura Ace groupset, and a bike bought from eBay for a few hundred bucks? Our friends from the Global Cycling Network conducted four tests (climbing, descending, braking, time trialing), to see just how big the difference is between the two bikes really is. As you’ll see the differences are pretty big, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time on a cheaper bike.

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  • froze says:

    I already don’t like those two guys ever since they cheated on a test of disk vs rim brakes so that the disk brakes came out ahead. Now they take an ultra cheap bike and try to race it against a super pricey bike…why not be more rational and take that super pricey bike and put it up against a more middle of the road priced bike? Nooooooo, that wouldn’t make the super pricey bike look like it’s worth buying if they did that.

  • Sean says:

    I don’t buy it. More than 10% difference; no way!

  • joe says:

    I want to do exercise, I don’t mind to be a 5% faster.

  • Mussadaq says:

    I think cheap bike is more sturdy and durable, though super bike is not lagging behind in that aspect.
    Cheap bike is making you to burn more calories in less time, I think it is a good trade off

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