Ridley Icarus / Shimano Tiagra Complete Bike - 2012 - $749.00

If you cringe at the thought of taking your race-day bike out for those long, preseason training days, or you're simply looking to dip your toes into the world of performance cycling without re-financing your home, the Ridley Icarus Shimano Tiagra Complete Bike removes all the heavy lifting from your decision-making process and quickly gets you riding. The Icarus is very much a workman's steed, being a race-worthy and exceptionally upgradable platform thanks to geometry derived from the top-shelf Ridley Excalibur, and able to take the abuse of day-in day-out training, thanks to the light and strong 7005-series aluminum tubing. This isn't a frame you need to treat with kid gloves; it can handle the miles, the rain, the snow, the crashes, the trunk of your car, and it can do so for years and still look good and ride great at the other end. The bike comes readily equipped with a Shimano Tiagra groupset. Tiagra is a ride-anywhere, workhorse set of parts that sit just a step below, yet share the same ergonomics and functionality of Shimano's 105 group. Whether you're into racing, cyclosportives, riding hard with the local chain gang, taking an easy spin with less-active family members, it can do it all with aplomb, thanks to having a wide range from low-low gears to high-highs. With actuation and functionality differing little from Shimano 105, Tiagra levers handle shifting duties, and Tektro R-525 dual-pivot brakes get you slowed down. Both brakes have a micro-adjusting housing stop and a micro-adjusting quick release, and come equipped with P422 adjustable cartridge pads, which means you can easily swap in any Shimano/SRAM-compatible pads when you wear out the stock pads or upgrade to carbon-fiber wheels. What you'll get with the bike are Alex 32 hole, 3-cross wheels. They're solid performers built for long miles and can handle any roads along with Vittoria's Zaffiro 700x23mm tires. - $749.00