2023 Bike Guide Mid Range Bikes
Continuing on our 2023 Bike Guides (see “Bikes Within Reach Below $1500” here), here is a depiction of what I would consider “mid-range” priced bikes (between $1500-$2500). These are all bikes we can order for you and have ready to roll in a week (and sometimes less!), depending on availability. Bikes are listed in price order. Pricing shown is MSRP, please add sales tax (8.875) and 1/3 shipping (generally around $35).
See the rest of our 2023 Bike Guides below:
- Part 1 “Bikes Within Reach (under $1500)
- Part 2 “Mid-Range Bikes” ($1500-$2500)
- Part 3 “Higher End Bikes” (over $2500)
- Part 4 “ Cargo Bikes and E-Bikes”
- Part 5 “Mountain Bikes”
I know there are many cheaper options available online. however, buying through a bike shop has many advantages including bike quality, brand integrity, cost of ownership (repairs, warranty, etc), and the safety of having the bike professionally assembled. With bikes, almost more than anything else, you get what you pay for.
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Marin Gestalt $1549-$1679
The Gestalt is for the drop bar rider that doesn’t want to stick to pavement, and can’t help but get dirty no matter the route. Long distance commuters and all-weather riders will appreciate the fender and rack mounts and the sure stopping disc brakes, and the larger volume tires are right at home on that unexpected detour.
Kona Unit X, $1599
The Unit X has become a cult favorite among die-hard Kona fans. Maybe it’s the Cromoly frame. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a bikepacking monster, or its well-geared 12-speed drivetrain, or modular dropouts which give you the ability to run it as a single speed if that’s your thing. Maybe it’s because the rigid fork makes it that much more of a classic. We may never know why the Unit X is such a popular bike, but we can only guess it’s because it is one of the most practical machines in our lineup (www.konabikes.com)
Breezer Doppler Pro, $1549
Kona Rove, Rove DL, $1599-$1999
The Rove has become the go-to bike for people all over the world that are itching to just... go! It’s spec’d just right, is easy on the eyes, the Rove makes quick work of the commute, gravel trail, or the after-work fitness lap on your local hill. The Rove is the elusive 650x47c steel bike that you can afford. It’s at home in an alley cat race, on the commute, as a messenger rig, or as your only bike. It was cool before cool was cool. It is a bike that wants to ride anywhere YOU want to ride (www.konabikes.com)
All-City Space Horse, $1649-$1799
Our most popular and versatile model, the Space Horse has become a bit of a cult favorite through its classic styling and ability to handle just about any task or terrain. Ambitious road centuries, gravel grinding, loaded touring, looking great while commuting — the Space Horse is equipped for it all (www.allcitycycles.com)
Fairdale Weekender Nomad, $1699
The Nomad version of the Weekender is made to travel. While it can easily handle being a weekday commuter on rough city roads, it really shines when you take it for a long haul.
The Weekender Nomad’s 100% 4130 chromoly frame and fork will welcome virtually anything that you can throw at it. This is our top of the line Weekender, and it comes equipped with an amazing parts build, like a SRAM Apex 1x derailleur and shifter, Avid disc brakes, SRAM Apex 1 cranks and Maxxis semi-knobby tires.
The MX features the Weekender’s redesigned geometry that is built around 27.5 x 2.1" tires, and also leaves plenty of space for compatibility with 700c wheels if you ever feel like changing it up.
Marin Nicasio 2, $1699
The Nicasio is for the rider looking for something different and modern, yet with traditional steel construction. Classic lines and CrMo frame tubes have the soul of a classic bike, with the geometry and 700C x 30mm-40mm or 650B x 47mm tires to let riders handle any surface.
Surly Straggler, $1849
Straggler shares all of the Cross-Check's braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages, and like the Cross-Check its ready to take you just about anywhere. It's a day tripper and a weekender. It's a 'rough road' road bike. It's a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It's a utilitarian townie. It's a light-duty touring bike. It's an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else (www.surly.com)
Salsa Stormchaser (Single Speed), $1899
Stormchaser is Salsa’s gravel bike for any and all conditions. Ample tire clearance and single speed-ready Alternator Flat Mount dropouts will see you through the muddiest rides. Suspension fork and dropper post compatibility let you get wild with your route choices (www.salsacycles.com)
Kona Jake the Snake, $1899
The working rider’s steed, the Jake the Snake is the go-to bike for Cyclocross racers and hard-core commuters alike. The legendary Jake the Snake features race-driven geometry in a tough yet light aluminum frame and a full carbon flat mount disc fork and is accompanied by tubeless-ready wheels. It’s not your typical sketchy cross bike. It’s got a slightly higher stack height so it’s practical as a commuter. It’s the perfect bike to take to your local CX race and the perfect bike to ride to work and rip the little bits of sneaky singletrack you find en route. It’s practical every day and ready to crush it on your crazy type-2 adventures! (www.konabikes.com)
Jamis Renegade S3, S2, $1899-$2499
Since 2014, the Jamis Renegade Series has been defining versatility in modern adventure bikes. The key is a finely tuned frame and fork design that maximizes handling and comfort whether you’re road riding with 28mm tires, adding a rack and fenders for commuting on 32’s or exploring the backcountry wilderness fully loaded up on 37mm rubber (jamisbikes.com)
Surly Grappler, $1949
The Grappler is Surly’s dedicated drop-bar trail bike. With mountain geo designed around a comfortable, confident drop-bar hand position, it’s lively and responsive on single track, double track, and other degraded surfaces. Ready to haul essential gear for all-day dirt rides and quick bikepacking excursions, thru-axles front and rear provide ideal stiffness and handling. Built around 27.5” wheels and compatible with internally geared hub and single-speed setups, Surly’s tried-and-true Gnot-Boost spacing allows riders to run 142mm or 148mm rear hubs (www.surly.com)
All-City Super Professional (Apex), $1999
A cross-inspired bike built to conquer the city streets, the Super Professional features the 2-For-1 Dropout, All-City’s elegantly designed combination geared or single-speed sliding dropout system. Fast, responsive, agile, and capable on mixed terrain, the Super Professional can be converted from single-speed to geared or back again to crush all your daily deeds and commutes (www.allcitycycles.com)
Bombtrack Arise Geared, $1999
ARISE GEARED If you want reliable 1x shifting that rivals more expensive configurations, the Arise Geared is the bike for you. Fitted with a Microshift Advent 9-speed drivetrain and generous 11 - 42T cassette on a sturdy steel frame, you have a ride for life. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in the wet, while flat bars keep you comfortable and secure. A deck-style front rack, pannier, and mudguard mounts give you plenty of options for trips further afield.
Salsa Marrakesh, $2049
Marrakesh is Salsa’s purpose-built touring bike. The steel frame and fork are comfortable and durable enough for the long haul. Marrakesh comes equipped with every rack, fender, and accessory mount you could find a use for. Features such as a spare spoke mount and Alternator 1.0 dropouts provide peace of mind far from home. See the world on Marrakesh (www.salsa cycles.com)
Surly Disc Trucker, $2049
A class-leading touring bike, the newly redesigned Disc Trucker provides versatility and dependability on the daily commute or trans-continental excursion. Fork blade three-pack mounts enable you to attach and haul even more stuff, and the frame features a low bottom bracket and long chainstays for comfort and stability while loaded down. With increased stack height and improved stand-over clearance, plus ample space for larger tires and fenders, it’s designed to go the distance (www.surly.com)
Kona Sutra, $2099
The Sutra is many things. It’s functional. It’s stylish. It’s incredibly versatile, and it comes ready for the long haul on the bike tour of your dreams. Our Kona Cromoly steel frame is outfitted with a Brooks saddle and matching microfiber bar tape, integrated shifter/brake levers, proper fenders, and a real Tubus Tara Big Apple low-rider front rack. It’s a modern take on the classic touring bike. It’s a grocery getter that’s easy on the eyes. It’s the feeling of steel across pavement that reminds you why you love turning the cranks on long rides. Just like its name suggests it’s the perfect guide for your every ride (www.konabikes.com)
Kona Libre, $2099
You’re the type of rider who wants something progressive that still performs well on typical terrain. Road. Gravel. Singletrack? The Libre takes the traditional, flips it on its side and adds a little je ne sais quois to your rides to make them a whole lot of fun. It’s lighter than your old “gravel” rig, and has more aggressive geometry so that when you decide to skip the pavement you can chuckle your way down the unbeaten path without apologies. It’s affordable, a little bit weird, and exactly how we want our gravel bike to feel (www.konabikes.com)
Twin Six Standard Rando, $2100
We loved every mile over the last six years spent getting gritty with the original Standard Rando. We knew improving on that experience would be an endeavor, but we took our time making the necessary refinements while ensuring the heart and soul of the original freedom machine remained intact. The Standard Rando 2.0 comes equipped with our new T6 Middle Finger dropout system, flat mount disc brake spec, 12mm front and rear thru axles, 44mm headtube, optional color-matched carbon fork, mounts for whatever you may want to carry and more. We have designed it to move you comfortably across town, across the finish
Breezer Radar X Pro, $2149
Bombtrack Outlaw, $2170
OUTLAW For a minimal-fuss, minimal-maintenance inner-city rider, look no further than the Outlaw. An oil-free Gates carbon belt drive and pair of hydraulic disc brakes handle regular stopping and starting. 650B wheels partnered with WTB Horizon tires roll over uneven tarmac or across shortcuts through the park with ease, giving you the green light whichever route you take. Stick with the no-fuss attitude by storing your luggage on the convenient front rack and cruise through traffic in style.
Bombtrack Beyond 1, $2299
BEYOND 1 The most accessibly-priced adventure-touring bike we produce, the Beyond 1 serves as the perfect first bike for fledgling adventurists. With tires as wide as a mountain bike accompanied by a 28 / 40T chainset, this bike will be able to reach wherever you’ve plotted on the map. Leverage-boosting bars provide added control, and an eye-watering selection of mounting points means you won’t need to leave anything at home. Its simplicity makes it easy to service, too.
Bombtrack Audax AL, $2299
AUDAX AL A modern twist on an age-old discipline, the Audax AL is an accomplished bicycle. Wide, generous tires confidently roll over any surface, guided by a carbon fork to reduce weight with plenty of clearance to accommodate wider treads plus mudguards. Take your pick on how to distribute your cargo with multiple mounting fixings across the frame and fork, as well as options for panniers and bike packing bags. Short chainstays and an engaged front end make for a responsive bike geometry, which feels alert and responsive even when fully loaded. To complete the bike, 650B wheels, a Microshift XLE 11-speed groupset, and a clutch derailleur ensure comfort and reliability wherever you point your nose.
Bombtrack Arise SG Apex, $2299
ARISE SG The latest addition to the Bombtrack fleet arrives in the form of the Arise SG. New for 2022, this bike is fitted with drop bars to give you a racier feel over its flat bar brethren, the Arise Geared. A Microshift Advent X clutched rear derailleur, and 1x drive train to keep everything stable while giving you that extra cog in the rear. Size-matched wheels ensure the perfect fit, coming fitted with 650B wheels for sizes XS and S or 700C for M and above. Sticking true to its racier nature, the Arise SG is equipped with WTB tubeless-ready wheels that are good to go if you decide to pin on a race number, whilst internal light cable routing in the fork retains the bike’s versatility.
Surly Midnight Special, $2349
The Midnight Special is a road plus bike designed to provide comfort and speed on those all-day rides that extend well beyond fresh pavement. It excels on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel. The Midnight Special’s 650b road plus tires eat up road chatter and absorb all the bumps in the road for a much more comfortable ride. (www.surly.com)
Salsa Journeyer GRX, $2449
Journeyer is Salsa’s workhorse road and gravel adventure machine. This versatile platform is a gateway to gravel riding. The confidence of its redesigned aluminum frame and carbon fork attracts mixed-surface riders, while its cargo capacity appeals to bikepackers. Journeyer’s fender mounts, rack mounts, wheel size compatibility, and handlebar options suit riders seeking a do-it-all bike (www.salsacycles.com)
Bombtrack Beyond +, $2499
BEYOND+ Taking off-road riding to its limits, the Beyond+ won’t take no for an answer. 2.8’’ tubeless-ready tires and 27.5’’ diameter wheels, which will cruise over anything – a joy to ride, unloaded but just as capable with a full rack of bike packing equipment. Powered by a Sram 12-speed SX Eagle groupset, only gradients close to vertical will be unmanageable, thanks to the impressive 11 – 50T cassette. And when you do crest the summit at a remarkable speed, twin-piston Level hydraulic brakes will stop the bike instantly. With dropper post routing and suspension-corrected geometry, you can add both later if desired.
Bombtrack Arise Tour, $2499
ARISE TOUR If the wilderness beckons, the Arise Tour won’t stand in your way with its twin Tubus racks, mudguards, and Supernova dynamo lights. Regardless of load, the Ames sub-compact 30 / 46T crankset and generous 11 – 42T cassette mean you’ll always have enough gears to tackle those steeper gradients. For a modern touch, flared bars allow for added packing space as well as sturdier handling while riding on the drops. For touring purists, bar-end shifters give you peace of mind over more complicated combination shifters.
Niner RLT (Aluminum), $2599
(I know I this list would go up to $2500, but this bike is too close/too good to not make the list).
The RLT 9 maximizes your freedom and access to the Road Less Traveled. With affordable, high performing materials, elegant engineering, and a fully-featured frameset, there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your off road aspirations. There’s no surface that can’t be ridden, no side roads that must be skipped. And best of all, the RLT 9 offers unbeatable value at every level. (www.niner.com)