Road Bikes - Sportive Geometry

 

 

 

 

 

Sportive Bikes

All the performance with comfort too.

Sportive (aka 'endurance') bikes are closely related to road bikes - very light and fast, but with a greater emphasis on rider comfort

Geometry. As a rule, sportive bikes have a slightly more upright geometry than standard road bikes, which is achieved with a shorter top tube and longer head tube. This brings the handlebars higher and closer to the rider, meaning those all-day rides shuoldn't be such a stress on your back. This does result in a small loss in aerodynamic efficiency, but the greater comfort over long distances can translate into higher performance.

Stiffness. The frame on a sportive bike is designed to provide more 'compliance' in places that can maximise the comfort of the rider. Specifically, these bikes can have longer chainstays or thinner seatstays, which both have the effect of 'flexing' more under load or shocks. This is to cut out the road vibration, as a frame that is too stiff will transmit the road buzz on to the rider, which will lead to greater rider fatigue over distance. Cannondale, in particular, are pioneers of these designs. Their hugely popular Synapse frames employ what they call "S.A.V.E" frame technology, where the frame tubing is shaped to give the best power transfer without discomfort for the rider.

Gearing. Nearly all modern road bikes use a compact double chainset but Sportive bikes use them exclusively. In combination with wide-range rear cassettes, the bike has the same gear range as a triple chainset but with simplier and lighter parts. It also means the rider has a gear for every occasion.

If you are a cyclist looking for a bike to complete all-day rides, speedily, but in comfort, or have a full season of sportive rides planned, then these are the bikes for you. Make no mistake, they are just as capable of the same turn of speed as road race bikes, but are more focussed towards comfortable endurance.

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Key Features of Sportive Bikes

Upright road bike geometry
Designed for longer mileage riding
Aluminium or carbon frames
Wide spread gears for climbing
Not really designed for luggage carrying

Brands to Consider

Cannondale, Colnago and Condor

Alternatives

If you fancy something more aggressive in geometry - Road Bikes
For longer distance and luggage carrying - Touring Bikes

Great For...

Riding organised sportives or all-day road rides, where a mix of speed and comfort is needed. Cyclists looking for their first Road bike and an easy way to increase your mileagein comfort.

Not Ideal For...

Loaded touring. Whilst a lot (but not all) of Sportive bikes can fit mudguards, very few can be equipped for luggage carrying. Also the geometry is designed for fast road use and can become unstable when heavily loaded.

 

 

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2016 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105 Disc Women's
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105 Disc
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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The Cannondale Synapse Disc 105 is the top Synapse aluminium bike in the range, with 105 groupset and mechanical disc brakes. Built for all round performance and day-long comfort, this bike also...

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Road Bikes - Sportive
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2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy Sora
Cannondale
Road Bikes - Sportive
£799.99

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Great value comfort oriented road bike with a more upright riding position. 18 speed Sora compact double transmission. Mudguard clearance and eyelets enhance its...

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2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy Sora Women's
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy Tiagra Disc
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy Tiagra Disc Women's
Cannondale
Road Bikes - Sportive
£999.99

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2017 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105
Cannondale
Road Bikes - Sportive
£1,799.99

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2017 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 Disc
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Cannondale
Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Road Bikes - Sportive
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Condor
Road Bikes - Sportive
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