Relaxed geometry bike options in 2024


So I’m on the market for a new bike, I’m currently on a Specialized Tarmac Pro (2015) very nicely custom build I bought from quite cheap second hand. Love it is fast and fun, but it kills my writs and numbs my balls.

I did a bike fit, drop to the handlebars was too much, so we moved the stem around.
For ref, I’m 182 and ride a 54 size Tarmac because I found the Allez 56 too long and was compensating moving forward in the saddle, which was causing me numbness.
Unfortunately stack is still too low, so I want to go fro a more relaxed bike geometry.

So I have been looking at a few bikes that kinda fit the geometry that I need, but wanted to know if there are other recommendations.

  • Canyon Endurace
  • Giant Defy
  • Trek Domane

Any other options I should consider?

Pinarello X geometry is said to be very “sane” in the current world of long and low.

The pricing is very un-Pinarello too.

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There was a good discussion on this topic two weeks ago on the Geek Warning podcast….may want to check it out.

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Do you know which one? I looked thru a few of the last podcast descriptions but didn’t see anything related to that

Specialized pricing is a bit bonkers, but the Roubaix is a great bike too. It’s pretty upright in stock form (riser bars, positive angle stem). I have a 2021 Roubaix Expert with Di2 and it’s been great.


The episode from 12/21…No Angled Brake Levers For You.


Yet another plug for my favorite bike geo site. Not only does Bike Insights have a great 1:1 geo comparison tool, but they offer grouped bike sets (like the “endurance” category essentially covered above) to see one of the largest compilations of options in a given category.

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I used bike insights for my initial research but it gives a giant 24 page list which most of it is nonsense, and you can’t filter further.

OK, have you tried their search with filters?

Default screen:

You can use multiple settings in the fields along with actual data limits to refine results:


Assuming you want a road bike (vice gravel which tend to be more relaxed anyway), I’m a huge fan of Fezzari. It’s based in Utah and was recommended to me by this forum three years ago. The Empire is their endurance road bike, but they recently released an aero bike (Veyo) but the geometry isn’t that far off from the Empire.

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@mcneese.chad it still gives a really long list and it’s impossible to filter for common brands. There’s a lot of brands shown in there that are smaller and hard to get where I live (Netherlands).

@rkoswald thanks for the tip, they look cool but I’m not in the US

I picked one up recently. I haven’t had the chance to try and compare it to my old (2014ish) SuperSix Evo, but I do quite like it.

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Roubaix is another option like mentioned before, you also have good ones already listed. I’m gonna add a new unreleased one, so don’t quote me on anything about the bike since I don’t know much other than it’s going to be a more relaxed geo compared to the Melee which is the Enve Fray, but likely coming out in the next couple of months I believe if we look at the release dates of the MOG and Melee

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Cervelo Caledonia (5) is a good option that can clear 35 mm tires.

+1 for Cervelo Caledonia

Also just listend to the podcast, the bikes they mentioned are:

  • Cervelo Caledonia
  • Giant Defy
  • Trek Domane
  • Specialized Roubaix
  • Pinarello X
  • BMC Roadmachine

Edit, probably leaning towards getting a Defy or Endurace as they are much cheaper for the same specs new but also in the used market.

One of the best ways to alleviate this is through bigger tires and lower pressure. You haven’t said what kind of riding you are optimizing for, but one option is a gravel bike with clearance for big tires.

You can also look at bikes with some form of suspension, like the Specialized Roubaix and Diverge, Trek Domane and Checkpoint, Cannondale Topstone.

I usually ride on very flat and someone what nice dutch roads. So I would think the problem here is not vibration.

I want to try wider tyres tho, mainly for grip so having nice tyre cleanered would be a plus, but I also don’t want to add to much weight.

I’ll warn you and say that according to Tour Magazine wind tunnel tests, some of these endurance bikes are significantly slower than you might expect. I myself was pretty bummed to find my Merida Scultura Endurance near the bottom of the list, which I bought after suffering from terribly rough roads.

ETA: The wheels aren’t all the same and many of the bikes near the bottom of the list have shallower wheelsets and some are tested with 28mm tires.

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The bikes are slower because of the position it puts the rider in….shorter / taller frames are gonna lead to a more upright, less aero position.

If you are looking for speed, then you shouldn’t be looking at endurance designs.