7 Tour de France Inspired Bikes On a Budget
Bianchi Sempre Pro$3,249 1 of 8
Similar to: Bianchi Oltre XR2 ($13,999)
Pro Team: Belkin
What You Get: A race-ready machine that may not have all of the bells and whistles of the Oltre, but comes with Shimano's workhorse drivetrain (Ultegra) and a frame that can climb and sprint with the best.
Specialized SL4 Tarmac Comp$2,950 2 of 8
Similar to: Specialized S-Works Tarmac ($9,500)
Pro Team: Tinkoff
What You Get: The shape of the frame is similar to the S-Works version, but is made with a less expensive carbon fiber. This version comes with a mix of Ultegra and FSA components and the frame is light and stiff enough to be comparable to its more expensive cousin.
Giant Propel Advanced 3$3,000 3 of 8
Similar to: Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 ($11,350)
Pro Team: Giant-Shimano
What You Get: A really fast, aero frame. Shimano 105 components, a Fizik saddle, and Giant P-A2 aero wheels wrap up the package.
SCOTT Foil 10$3,899 4 of 8
Similar to: SCOTT Foil Team Issue ($7,899)
Pro Team: Orica Green Edge, I Am Cycling
What You Get: The difference between the Team Issue and the 10 comes down to the drivetrain, wheels and handlebar. The frame, besides a change in color scheme, is exactly the same, and is designed to be one of the most aero frames on the market. The savings isn't the same as some of the other models, but that's because the 10 is so close to being the exact same bike you'll see on the streets of France. For the value, it's a bargain.
Cervelo S2$2,850 5 of 8
Similar to: Cervelo S5 Ultegra DI2 ($5,750)
Pro Team: Garmin
What You Get: Cervelo is the king in the value category—and the S2 is no exception. While the S5 is a faster frame, the S2 isn't sacrificing much: You're getting a top-of-the-line aero frame that can be transformed easily for time trials or triathlons.
Cannondale SuperSix Evo 3$2,999 6 of 8
Similar to: SuperSixEvo Hi-Mod DurAce DI2 ($11,000)
Pro Team: Cannondale
What You Get: A 700-gram frame touted as having the best stiffness-to-weight ratio ever recorded. If you're in to hilly century rides, the EVO3 should be on your shortlist.
BMC SLR 02$2,699 7 of 8
Similar to: BMC SLR01 Durace ($9,999)
Pro Team: BMC
What You Get: The extensive remodeling to the frame that BMC put into the more expensive SLR01 trickles down to the SLR02. It's an excellent climbing bike that offers a plush ride over long miles.