The Feminine 4 was our Editor’s Choice winner for 2009, with its rocket-like take off, good looks, and comfort on long rides. The Feminine 5 gets you the same winning carbon frame paired with slightly heaver components.
Like most Cannondale bikes, the Feminine 5 is eye-candy but don’t let the good looks fool you – lurking beneath this gorgeous paint job is a road warrior with the right mix of snappy acceleration and smooth ride. This bike is a terrific choice for beginners or riders looking to upgrade to a full carbon frame and keep costs down. Carbon, Shimano 105, $2149 (available with a compact double or triple crank and in a grey/teal color) www.cannondale.com