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Best Road Bikes Under £1000

Road bikes are lightweight, stiff and strong allowing for fast paced riding. At under £1,000 you’ve got a great range of road bikes to consider from, falling into two main categories – endurance and race.

Endurance road bikes put you into a more upright and comfortable riding position so you can rack up the miles. Race bikes are more aggressive with a low down position on the frame. They’re stiffer and designed with aero tubing to cut through wind.

Our pick of the best road bikes under £1,000 feature expertly crafted aluminium frames matched to carbon bladed forks with capable Shimano componentry. At this price point, you’ll see entry-level own brand wheels to keep the price down and fast rolling 25c tyres that blend performance and grip.


Giant Contend 2 2017

Giant Contend 2 2017
Giant

£525.00



Quick look

Frame  ALUXX-Grade Aluminium


Fork  Hybrid Composite


Groupset  Shimano Claris 2x8


Wheels  Giant SR 2 Wheel Set


Brakes  Tektro R312 Dual Pivot


Review

The Giant Contend 2 is one of the best entry level road bikes on the market at just over £500. You get an expertly crafted aluminium frame and a geometry that puts you into a more upright riding position. The Contend is designed for endurance riding so a more upright position lowers stress on your lower back for a more comfortable ride.

Up front, you get a carbon bladed fork that keeps weight low and also helps to soak up vibrations from the road. This leaves your muscles feeling fresher for longer. You also get a good quality Shimano Claris drivetrain with plenty of gears to tackle the climbs. It’s a solid first road bike you can use for commuting, fitness training and endurance riding. The frame is superb.



A great introduction into the world of road cycling.


Specialized Diverge A1 2017

Specialized Diverge A1 2017
Specialized

£650.00



Quick look

Frame  Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium


Fork  Specialized FACT Carbon


Groupset  Shimano Claris 2x8


Wheels  AXIS Classic Disc


Brakes  Tektro Spyre Mechanical Disc


Review

The Specialized Diverge is different to the other of our top 5 road bikes. It’s not specifically designed for racing or for endurance riding. It’s actually a versatile all-rounder. It rides like a road bike on tarmac and a cyclocross bike on rougher stuff. On-road, off-road you can choose how and where you ride. This makes the Diverge a very capable commuter, recreational, fitness and gravel bike. Key to performance is a compliant frame that keeps your wheel tracking the ground. A FACT carbon fork with Zertz micro suspension takes the sting out of rough road riding.

Mechanical disc brakes provide extra braking performance compared to rim brakes. They’re performance is unaffected by rain and muddy conditions – ideal for year round riding, and off-roading. 



On-road, off-road, the Diverge lets you decide.


Specialized Allez E5 Sport 2017

Specialized Allez E5 Sport 2017
specialized

£675.00



Quick look

Frame  Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum


Fork  FACT Carbon Fiber


Groupset  Shimano Sora 2x9


Wheels  Axis Sport


Brakes  AXIS 1.0


Review

The Specialized Allez is one of the most advanced aluminium road bikes ever made. The frame technology, angles and geometry are race proven with a more aggressive low down position for aerodynamic performance. The Allez E5 Sport features an E5 Premium aluminium frame with smooth welds and hydroformed tubes for increased stiffness and efficiency 

Each frame size comes with specifically sized tubes so no matter how tall or short you are, you get the same ride experience. Other key features are a 2x9 Shimano Sora drivetrain, Axis brakes and a FACT carbon bladed fork.



Race proven geometry from an advanced aluminium frame.


Cannondale CAAD Optimo Disc Tiagra 2017

Cannondale CAAD Optimo Disc Tiagra 2017
cannondale

£949.99



Quick look

Frame  SmartForm C2 Alloy


Fork  Cannondale Ultra Carbon Blades


Groupset  Shimano Tiagra 2x10


Wheels  RD 3.0


Brakes  Render R Mechanical Disc


Review

The Cannondale CAAD Optimo is a great first road racing bike for those wanting speed and performance, without breaking the bank. With Elite Race Geometry, the CAAD Optimo has the same angles as the CAAD12 and SuperSix Evo race bikes – you’re getting true race handling and body positioning.

Cannondale’s SmartForm C2 frame offers a smooth ride with SAVE flex zones in the rear triangle and carbon bladed fork. Fitted to the race bike are powerful disc brakes with great modulation and a very capable Shimano 2x10 speed drivetrain.



Race bred performance at great value. The perfect gateway to performance cycling.


Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2017

Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2017
giant

£999.99



Quick look

Frame  ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium


Fork  Rigid Hybrid Composite


Groupset  Shimano Tiagra 2x10


Wheels   Giant SR 2 Disc


Brakes  Giant Conduct Hydraulic Disc


Review

The Giant Contend SL 2 Disc is the second model from the brilliant Contend range – it just shows the quality. This model is the perfect endurance road bike under a grand. You get a quality ALUXX SL aluminium frame with double butted tube walls to shave extra weight. Also equipped is a carbon bladed fork and D-Fuse seat post. Both are composite carbon to reduce weight and also work to soak up road vibrations for comfort. The D-Fuse seatpost has a ‘D’ shaped profile that improves vertical compliance (a little flex) for comfort without sacrificing pedalling efficiency.

You also get a capable Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain and Giant Conduct hydraulic disc brakes. The wide range and small gaps between gears makes it easier for you to find the right option for any climb and to match your cadence.



The best endurance road bike under £1,000.