The 8 Best Road Bikes Under $2000 for Men & Women [2022]

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This is my selection of the best road bikes under $2000 for men and women.

I’ve been road cycling for more than five years so you can take advantage of my road cyclist perspective.

Based on my in-depth market research, where I evaluated reviews and user experiences, I recommend the following bikes.

Below, you find even more road bikes worth your attention. You also learn more about the selected bikes, how to choose the best road bike under $2000, what to expect at this price range, and much more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the shortage of bike components and high demand for bikes, many bikes are out of stock online. Unfortunately, it is necessary to wait even several months for some bikes.
As predicts, the prices of bicycles will probably keep increasing in 2022 due to multiple factors like increased labor, shipping, and material costs.
Therefore, if you like a bike and its size is suitable for you, I recommend buying it.

What Are the Best Road Bikes Under $2000?

The best road bikes under $2000 nowadays mostly come with disc brakes and a carbon frame. Some bikes at this price are still made of aluminum, though. Aim for 2X groupsets from manufacturers like Shimano (Tiagra, 105), SRAM, or Campagnolo, and the overall weight of around 9 kg (20lbs).

Below are the selected road bikes under $2000. I recommend reading the How to choose a road bike section first if you are unsure what features to look for in a road bike at this price range.

Orange Trek Domane AL 5 Disc road bike with Shimano 105 groupset
Trek Domane AL 5 Disc

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Blue Canyon Endurance AL Disc 7.0 road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0 2022

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White/grey Liv Avail AR 1 road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Liv Avail AR 1

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Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0

Blue Canyon Endurance AL Disc 7.0 road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0 2022 | Source:

Main Features

  • Excellent price-value ratio
  • Carbon seatpost
  • DT Swiss E1850 wheels
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Partial internal cable routing

Technical Specifications

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 8.92 kg (19.67 lb)
  • Groupset: Shimano 105 2x11spd (11-34T cassette)
  • Wheel type: Clincher (tubeless ready)
  • Tires: Continental Grand Prix SL 28 mm

Canyon is well-known for the great price-value of its products, thanks to its direct-to-customer business model. They can offer products of the same quality but at a much better price than other mainstream brands.

Proof of this is also their Endurance road bike series. The endurance geometry is designed for maximum comfort and comes with the Continental Grand Prix SL 28mm tires. However, its tire clearance allows you to use up to 33mm tires.

The individual lines of Endurance aluminum bikes differ in their components. Endurance AL 7.0 is equipped with the Shimano 105 groupset. A cheaper Endurance AL 6.0 comes with a lower-end Shimano Tiagra set.

The main advantages also include the bike’s low weight of 8.9 kg, so it’s pretty nimble and suitable for hilly terrain. In addition, DT Swiss alloy wheels guarantee quality and stiffness, and the carbon seatpost further contributes to better riding comfort by absorbing road vibrations.

The AL 7.0 comes with hydraulic brakes, with which you will have no problem stopping even in the rain.

The main disadvantage of Canyon bikes is the long delivery time (due to high demand, it can take even several months).

Unfortunately, the 2022 lineup of the ENdurance AL 7.0 doesn’t include a women’s version.

Orbea Avant H40-D

Grey Orbea Avant H40-D road bike with Shimano Tiagra groupset and disc brakes
Orbea Avant H40-D | Source:

Main Features

  • Unique frame shape
  • Carbon fork
  • Mechanical disc brakes
  • Internal cable routing

Technical Specifications

The Orbea Avant H40-D is a road bike with endurance geometry that allows you to sit more upright. Therefore, it is ideal for longer routes and long workouts.

Comfort is further supported by 28mm tires and a carbon fork that absorbs vibrations.

Avant’s heart is the Shimano Tiagra groupset, which provides 22 speeds so that you can find the right gear in any terrain.

A big plus in terms of design and aerodynamics is the integrated cable management (which is led under the bar tape and the stem directly into the frame). This solution is very rare for road bikes in this price category.

The disadvantages of this road bike are mechanical disc brakes, which are not as convenient as hydraulic disc brakes, and the absence of tubeless-ready wheels. However, this Orbea is also less expensive than most bikes in this selection.

Trek Domane AL 5 Disc

Orange Trek Domane AL 5 Disc road bike with Shimano 105 groupset
Trek Domane AL 5 | Source:

Main Features

  • Carbon fork
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Partial internal cable routing
  • 3 water bottle mounts + top tube mount
  • Compatible with a rear rack and fenders
  • DuoTrap S compatible (not included)

Technical Specifications

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 10.23 kg (22.55 lb)
  • Groupset: Shimano 105 2x11spd (11-34T cassette)
  • Wheel type: Clincher (tubeless ready)
  • Tires: Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x32c

The Domane AL 5 is the highest range of Trek Domane aluminum bikes. It is equipped with the best components (compared to the lower series), which are lighter and more reliable.

Trek also continues the trend of comfort – in addition to endurance geometry, this bike comes with 32mm tires. These are very comfortable on coarse asphalt and can also handle dirt roads or light gravel.

Domane AL 5 is also suitable for longer trips and bike touring, as it is compatible with up to 3 water bottle cages, fenders, and a top tube mount for extra storage. With these accessories, you will make this endurance road bike a great adventure bike.

In addition to today’s standard disc brakes, the AL 5 is also compatible with the DuoTrap S sensor (not included). This sensor is useful if you like numbers and tracking your progress. For example, it measures the distance traveled, the average speed, etc.

The disadvantage is the higher weight exceeding 10 kg, which is 2 kg more than Canyon Endurance AL Disc 7.0.

SAVADECK Phantom 2.0

Black SAVADECK Phantom 2.0 carbon road bike with Shimano 105 and disc brakes

Main Features

  • Fully carbon aero bike
  • Carbon wheels
  • Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset
  • Rim brakes

Technical Specifications

The SAVADECK Phantom 2.0 is probably the most extravagant road bike in this roundup. However, its price-value ratio is unmatched.

Its frame is made of carbon fiber, as well as fork and seatposts. It also comes with carbon 50mm deep wheels for better aerodynamics.

Another advantage is the Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, which is lighter and more accurate than the Shimano 105. No other mainstream road bike at the below $2000 range features Ultegra (if you know about some, let me know).

Thanks to its heavy gears, the Phantom 2.0 is more suitable for flats than a hilly terrain. So if you live in an area that is flat as the Netherlands, this machine is for you.

However, don’t expect the Phantom 2.0 to be as fast as high-end aero bikes. This is perhaps not even possible in this price range. However, if you are looking for an entry-level aero bicycle, this one is worth trying.

Interested in Chinese bikes? Check out this selection of the best Chinese carbon road bikes. It includes performance and aero carbon road bikes from established Chinese manufacturers.

Masi Vincere 105

Light-blue Masi Vincere 105 road bike with Shimano 105 and disc brakes
Masi Vincere 105 | Source:

Main Features

  • Carbon fork and seatpost
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Partial internal cable routing
  • Compatible with a rear rack

Technical Specifications

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 9.69 kg (21.3 lb)
  • Groupset: Shimano 105 2x11spd (11-32T cassette)
  • Wheel type: Clincher (tubeless ready)
  • Tires: Kenda Valkyrie, 700 x 30c

Masi Vincere 105 is a well-built endurance road bike. Thanks to its comfortably tuned geometry, it is ideal for long rides and training sessions.

It comes with 30mm tires and offers a tire for up to 32mm tires. However, users report that this is a conservative estimate, and you can accommodate even wider tires.

Such wide tires are very comfortable to tarmac and can handle riding in light terrain, so you will not have to limit yourself too much.

A carbon fork and seatpost, which can absorb vibrations, also contribute to riding comfort.

The Shimano 105 groupset, which you can always rely on, ensures precise shifting and sufficient gear selection.

The main disadvantage seems to be that Masi Vincere 105 is available in one unique color.

Cannondale Topstone 1 & Topstone 2 WMN

Black Cannondale Topstone 1 gravel bike with Shimano GRX groupset and disc brakes
Cannondale Topstone 1 | Source:
Brown Cannondale Topstone 2 WMN gravel bike with Shimano GRX groupset and disc brakes
Cannondale Topstone 2 WMN | Source:

Main Features

  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Carbon fork
  • Wide tires for better comfort
  • 3 water bottle mounts + top tube mount
  • Compatible with a rear rack
  • Partial internal cable routing

Technical Specifications

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight:
    • Topstone 1 – 10.25 kg (22.6 lb)
    • Topstone 2 – 10.12 kg (22.3 lb)
  • Groupset:
    • Topstone 1 – Shimano GRX 600 2x11spd (11-34T cassette)
    • Topstone 2 – Shimano GRX 400 2x10spd (11-34T cassette)
  • Wheel type: Clincher (tubeless ready)
  • Tires:
    • Topstone 1 – Vittoria Terreno Zero, 700c x 38 mm
    • Topstone 2 – WTB Riddler TCS Light, 700c x 37 mm, tubeless ready

The Cannondale Topstone 1 and 2 WMN are versatile road bikes for men and women that you can use without any worries for lighter terrain, such as dirt roads and light gravel, thanks to wide tires. In addition, both these bikes are very comfortable on the tarmac, thanks to 37mm tires.

Topstone 1 differs from Topstone 2 WMN only in components – Topstone 1 is equipped with better components (Shimano GRX 600 vs. GRX 400), which are lighter, more accurate, and more reliable. In addition, the Topstone 2 WMN frame is women-specific.

Topstone is compatible with up to three bottle cages, which you will appreciate for longer rides. You will also be pleased by the carbon fork, which absorbs small vibrations and improves your comfort. Note also the dropped saddle nose that is perfect for a more aggressive riding position.

Shimano GRX 400 hydraulic brakes ensure effective braking in all weather conditions and terrain, so you will stop when needed.

The disadvantage of the Cannondale Topstone is the higher weight compared to Canyon Endurance bikes and the fact that it is slightly slower than its 25 or 28mm alternatives due to the wider tires.

Don’t forget that most bikes come without pedals. Choose from the best road bike pedals on the market if you don’t have clipless pedals yet.

Orro Gold Evo 105-FSA R800

Red Orro Gold Evo 105-FSA R800 road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Orro Gold Evo 105-FSA R800 | Source:

Main Features

  • Carbon frame
  • Mechanical disc brakes
  • Partial internal cable routing
  • Fulcrum R900 wheels

Technical Specifications

Orro Gold Evo is one of the few fully carbon bikes in this selection. It is also more affordable than Cinelli Veltrix Caliper 105, which is a very similar carbon bike.

Orro’s frame is endurance-oriented, allowing you to ride long distances and train hard (on flats or hilly terrain, the gears are too hard for climbing mountains).

It is equipped with a combination of the Shimano 105 groupset with an FSA chainset, thanks to which the transitions between gears will be fast and smooth.

Gold Evo features Fulcrum R900 DB alloy wheels that spin smoothly so you can ride fast.

The disadvantage of this bike is the mechanical disc brakes that are not hydraulic, probably because of the carbon frame.

Giant Contend AR 1 & Liv Avail AR 1

Dark Blue Giant Contend AR 1 road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Giant Contend AR 1 | Source:
White/grey Liv Avail AR 1 womens' road bike with Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Liv Avail AR 1 | Source:

Main Features

  • Excellent price-value ratio
  • Carbon fork and seatpost
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Partial internal cable routing

Technical Specifications

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight: n/a
  • Groupset: Shimano 105 2x11spd (11x34T cassette)
  • Wheel type: Clincher (tubeless ready)
  • Tires: Giant Gavia Fondo 2, 700X32c, tubeless

Giant is known for its good value bikes. They also have a brand focused on women’s bikes (Liv), so the Giant Content AR 1 and the Liv Avail AR 1 are almost the same bikes except for a few details.

Both have carbon fork and seatpost that absorb vibrations and improve comfort. 32mm tires also contribute to this.

The good news is that the bikes are tubeless-ready (learn more). But if you plan to ride mainly on tarmac or paved roads, you can replace them with 28 or 25 mm.

Giant is one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world so you can rely on the high quality of their frames. A lot of my friends ride Giant bikes and can’t praise them.

Both Content AR 1 and Avail AR 1 are equipped with the Shimano 105 groupset, which is absolutely sufficient for beginners and moderately advanced riders. These bikes also come with hydraulic brakes for effective braking even in the rain.

Overall, Giant and Liv bikes are perfect endurance road bikes suitable for people who want the best bang for the money.

Cinelli Veltrix Caliper 105

Blue Cinelli Veltrix Caliper 105 road bike with pink stripes, Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes
Cinelli Veltrix Caliper 105 | Source:

Main Features

  • Carbon frame
  • Rim brakes
  • Unique paint job
  • Vision Team 30 aluminum wheels
  • Partial internal cable routing

Technical Specifications

Cinelli Veltrix Caliper 105 is one of the few carbon road bikes from a mainstream brand in this selection. It is slightly over the $2000 mark, but its price is fully justifiable.

The frame weighs only 1200g and the fork 460g. Although I could not find the overall bike weight, the fact it features a carbon frame is a strong reason to buy this bike. Carbon frames tend to be more comfortable than alloy frames.

Caliper also differs from other bikes in this selection with the brakes type. It comes with rim brakes which are a big bonus for some cyclists. However, some prefer disc brakes. Which group do you belong to?

I cannot forget to mention the Shimano 105 combined with FSA components and the Vision Team 30 wheels with 28mm tires for better riding comfort and precise shifting.

I also really like the color combination of the blue frame with pink stripes. It adds to the uniqueness, and I am sure it will turn the heads of others.

The main disadvantage of Cinelli Veltrix Caliper is the absence of disc brakes, but this depends on whether you are a fan of disc brakes or not.

My Verdict

Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0. is the best road bike under $2000 overall. It provides the best price-value ratio thanks to the high-built quality, full Shimano 105 groupset, carbon fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and DT Swiss wheels.

Liv Avail AR 1 is the best road bike under $1000 for women. It has a women-specific geometry and sizes to provide the best fit possible. It also features a carbon fork and seatpost that can absorb vibrations and make your ride even more comfortable.

Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is the most versatile road bike under $2000. Thanks to its wide tire clearance for up to 35c tires (without fenders), you can equip it with wide tires. This way, you transform it into a gravel/adventure bike for trips that include dirt roads, light gravel, or paved roads with potholes.

If you want to find out more about road bikes and how to choose them, I recommend reading the following section.

How to Choose the Best Road Bike Under $2000?

This is a shortened version of my How to Choose a Road Bike guide. If you want to learn more about road bikes, I recommend reading the whole guide.

Road Bike Type

Before you buy a road bike, you should decide what type of road bike you want because the $2000 range offers many options. Read more about them below.

types of road bikes - endurance, performance, aero, cyclocross, gravel, etc.
Basic types of road bikes | Product pictures were used with permission of and

Endurance Road Bikes

Endurance road bikes are a great option for beginners and people who want to take long trips. These bikes have more relaxed geometry so that you can ride in a more upright position. As a result, it doesn’t require too much flexibility and is more comfortable.

The main downside of endurance road bikes is the more upright position; you will be slower than on a performance road bike that pushes you to a more aggressive aerodynamic riding position.

Performance Road Bikes

Performance road bikes (you can also find them under “lightweight” or “race” road bikes) are like endurance bikes except for their more aggressive geometry. Thanks to it, the rider sits in a more aerodynamic position with a lower drag coefficient. The weight is also slightly lower than on endurance road bikes. Thus, performance road bikes are ideal for hilly or mountain terrain and racing.

This type of road bike is not very suitable for beginners or for riders who are not too flexible. It takes some time to get used to the racing riding position.

Aero Road Bikes

Aero road bikes are – yes, you guessed it – aero optimized. This means they have thicker tubes and deep-section wheels for better aerodynamics. As a result, they excel on flats, descents, hilly terrain, and cross-winds because they can maintain speed easily. Their geometry is similar to performance road bikes.

Aero road bikes have a few small disadvantages – they are more expensive than the previous two types (they start at around $2500), they are heavier and less agile.

Different road bike geometry types (endurance, performance, aero)
Endurance vs Performance vs Aero Road Bike

Other Types of Road Bikes

There are also touring road bikes, cyclocross, gravel, time trial, and other types of road bikes. To find out more about gravel and adventure bikes, I recommend reading the following guide: How to Choose a Gravel/Adventure Bike?

The other types of road bikes (CX, TT, triathlon) are very niche-specific, so I don’t explain them further in this article.

Frame Material & Bike Weight

Road bikes below $2000 come with frames made of aluminum combined with a carbon fork. Carbon frames are not very common at this price range, but some bikes feature a carbon frame. Below, I explain the benefits and disadvantages of these materials.

  1. Aluminum is a relatively cheap material that is not as labor-intensive as carbon. Aluminum frames are less stiff and heavier than carbon frames, but they are more affordable. This means that the other components (like the groupset or wheels) are usually better than on carbon bikes for the same price. The downside of aluminum frames is that they may corrode over time.
  2. Carbon road bikes are stiffer and lighter than aluminum road bikes. Carbon is more labor-intensive and more expensive. However, the $2000 price range offers bikes with carbon frames. The main downside is that internal cracks can appear and cause failure under additional pressure if you crash. Therefore, an inspection after a crash is highly recommended.
  3. Steel road bikes are not very common for endurance, performance, or even aero road bikes. Steel is heavier than aluminum or carbon. On the other hand, it is more durable and easier to repair. Therefore, steel frames are pretty common on touring road bikes. Many people also like the thin steel tubes and unique riding characteristics of steel road bikes.

Sources: SheldonBrown, ScienceDirect, CyclingWeekly

TIP: Learn more about road bike frame materials.

Frame MaterialWeight of the Bike
Carbon6–8 kg
13–18 lb
Aluminum8–10 kg
18–22 lb
Steel9–11 kg
20–23 lb
The estimated weights of road bikes depending on the frame material are based on my market research and comparing weights of road bikes from various manufacturers.
It also depends on the components used on the bike. For example, disc brakes add around 0.5kg (1lb) to the bike's weight.
The more expensive road bikes usually have better and lighter components, so their overall weight is lower.


Road bikes for up to $2000 use mainly 2X groupsets. The gear selection (mostly 2x10spd or 2x11spd) is wide enough for most types of terrain (it also depends on the cassette and chainring gear ratio). In addition, the 2X groupsets are simpler and lighter than the 3X groupsets.

An illustration of a 1x chainring
1x chainring
An illustration of a 2x chainring
2x chainring
An illustration of a 3x chainring
3x chainring

NOTE: Higher-end road bikes may come with 1X groupsets. But they are not by far as widespread as 2X groupsets.

When riding a road bike with a 2X or 3X groupset, make sure to avoid cross chaining to improve efficiency and prevent damaging the components.

Cross-chaining vs. good shifting - illustration of the wrong and right chain positions
Avoid cross-chaining to reduce chain friction and drivetrain damage. Follow good shifting best practices to improve efficiency.

What Groupset Manufacturer to Choose?

There are 3 main manufacturers of groupsets – Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM. Shimano dominates the market. According to Credit Suisse, Shimano had about 80% of the global share in bike components in 2016.

Road bikes under $2000 are usually equipped with Shimano Tiagra or Shimano 105 or other similar groupsets.

Check out the following table that shows groupset ranges from various manufacturers and how they compare to each other.

Entry levelClarisMechanical
Entry levelSoraMechanical
Entry levelTiagraApexMechanical
Mid range105RivalCentaurMechanical
Mid rangeUltegra R8000ForcePotenza
ProUltegra Di2 R8070
Ultegra Di2 R8100
Force eTap AXSChorus EPSElectric
ProDura-Ace R9100REDRecord
Super Record
ProDura-Ace Di2 R9170
Dura-Ace Di2 R9200
RED eTap AXSSuper Record EPSElectric
A comparison of road bike groupsets (from entry-level to pro) of the major manufacturers (Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo) and their type


Road bikes under $2000 come with rim or disc brakes. Here are their main pros and cons:

  • Rim brakes are cheaper, lighter, and easier to maintain than disc brakes. However, their main downside is their low effectiveness during wet conditions or in long descents (especially if you have carbon wheels).
  • Disc brakes are much more effective in various weather conditions, so your stopping power is not affected. Their downside is the weight, more difficult maintenance, and higher price. This means that a road bike with disc brakes will have worse components than a road bike with rim brakes at the same price.
    At the below $2000 price range, road bikes come with hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic are more convenient but also more expensive.

Wheels & Tires

There are three main features to look for here:

  1. Wheel type
  2. Tire width
  3. Rim depth

Let me explain them more in detail.

Wheel Type – Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless

An illustration of different types of wheel profiles (clincher vs. tubular vs. tubeless)
Clincher vs. Tubular vs. Tubeless Tires
  • Clinchers are the most widespread type of wheels/tires. The tire is supported by an inner tube that can be made of rubber or latex. They are used on most low-end road bikes, but thanks to their user-friendliness, they are popular among more expensive bikes too (including road bikes under $2000).
  • Tubular tires are more common among professionals. However, some hobby riders use tubular tires as well because they allow you to inflate lower pressures. This means they are more puncture-resistant and more comfortable.
  • Tubeless tires are the most modern ones and can also be found on road bikes below $2000. In addition, tubeless-ready wheels allow you to use a tube-free tire because they use sealant instead of the inner tube.

NOTE: If the wheels are ‘clincher tubeless-ready,’ you can use them with tubeless tires.

The following table lists the advantages and disadvantages of different types of wheels.

Clincher• Easy to replace
• Easy to repair
• More prone to puncture
• Heavier than tubular or tubeless
Tubular• Allows very low and high tire pressure
• Less prone to puncture
• Lightweight
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Tubeless• Allows lower tire pressure
• Self-repairing capability (sealant
fills out small holes)
• Difficult to replace
• Difficult to repair
• More expensive than clincher
Pros & cons of clincher, tubular, and tubeless wheels/tires

Tire Width

The wider and more volume tire, the more comfort you get, and the more difficult terrain you will be able to ride in. When I started riding a road bike, almost everybody used 23mm tires. According to the, it was a common standard. Nowadays, riders prefer 25mm, 28mm, or even wider tires on their road bike, thanks to the increased comfort.

The good news is that you can always experiment and try different tire widths to find the one that suits you best.

Rim Depth

The general rule of thumb is that the deeper the wheels, the more aero they are. Aero road bikes are very rare in the below $2000 range, and the performance road bikes usually come with shallow wheels.

Keep in mind that the deeper wheels have one huge downside, and that’s their handling in cross-winds. You have to be very focused and hold your handlebar firmly to avoid crashing.

Rim depth vs aerodynamics (the deeper wheels, the more aero)
Rim depth vs. aerodynamics (simplified)

Road Bike Size

Once you decide what bike you like, make sure to choose its correct size. You avoid injuries caused by the wrong bike fit and increase the overall riding comfort.

Road bike size is usually given in centimeters (48cm, 50cm, 52cm…) or descriptive sizes (S, M, L, XL, etc.).

To find the right road bike size, feel free to:

  1. Consult the size with the retailer.
  2. Follow the How to choose a road bike size guide with a road bike size chart.
  3. Use a road bike size calculator.

Recently, I also discovered the Bikeinsights tool that helps you compare different bike geometries. Speaking of geometry, I recommend watching the following video or reading this guide by Bikeradar.

Road Bikes Under $2000 FAQ

This post is regularly updated to provide you with the most up-to-date product tips. If you find a product that is not up to date, please, contact me.

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