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 choose from and most fall into the endurance or sportive category.
Less aggressive than race bikes, sportive or endurance road bikes put you into a more upright and comfortable riding position. Compliance features are also built in to the frame which helps to absorb the bumps and vibrations you get when riding on less than perfect road surfaces. These two features combine to reduce fatigue on long rides and help you to perform at your best for longer.
Our pick of the best road bikes under £1,000 feature expertly crafted aluminium frames matched to carbon bladed, and even full carbon 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 2019
Frame ALUXX-Grade Aluminium
Fork Hybrid Composite
Groupset Shimano Claris 2x8 speed
Wheels Giant SR 2 Wheel Set
Brakes Tektro Dual Pivot calliper
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 with responsive acceleration and a comfortable, smooth rolling ride. The Contend is designed for endurance cycling so a more upright riding 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 as well as riding sportives. The frame is superb.
A great introduction into the world of road cycling.
Cube Attain 2019
Frame 6061 T6 Aluminium
Fork Carbon blades
Groupset Shimano Claris 2x8 speed
Wheels Cube RA Aero
Brakes Shimano Claris calliper
Blending comfort with agility, the Cube Attain is an entry level road bike that is packed full of features usually found on higher-end machines. The superlight, double butted, 6061 T6 aluminium frame features dropped rear stays for a more compliant ride which combines with the endurance style riding position to offer a comfortable and efficient ride. Internal cable routing is a nice touch at this price point and gives the Attain a slick look.
Cube are well known for their high component specs, and it’s great to see that you get a full Shimano Claris groupset including brakes and chainset. Giving you that confident connection to the road Continental Ultra Sport tyres are another plus for the Attain.
The Attain offers the perfect blend of ride comfort and safe, predictable control in any situation.
Specialized Allez Sport 2019
Frame Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum
Fork FACT full Carbon
Groupset Shimano Sora 2x9 speed
Wheels Axis Sport
Brakes Tektro Axis calliper
The Specialized Allez is an iconic road bike that performs much better than the price tag suggests. Made from Specialized’s E5 aluminium alloy this bike has been redesigned and is now an impressive 500 grams lighter than the previous model. The dropped seat stays offer rear end compliance to smooth out the road for a more comfortable ride. The Allez features a relaxed endurance style geometry which makes this bike ideal for long distance rides and sportives as well as club rides.
The full carbon fork is great to see at this price point and helps to set the Allez apart from its competitors. The very wide range cassette and compact chainset give you plenty of gears for steep climbs as well as fast descents.
the Allez Sport redefines what it means to be "entry level".
Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra 2019
Frame SmartForm C2 Alloy
Fork SAVE Asymetric Carbon Blades
Groupset Shimano Tiagra 2x10 speed
Wheels RD 3.0
Brakes Promax Decoder Mechanical Disc
The Cannondale Synapse is a classic endurance road bike that has an impressive race winning pedigree. The Alloy framed Synapse we review here borrows features from the high-end carbon models. These are the bikes that the pros ride on more gruelling races like the iconic Paris-Roubaix.
Cannondale are well known for their aluminium frame building expertise and the Synapse features double pass welds that add strength as well as offering a smooth look. SAVE compliance is built in to the frame and carbon fork for a smoother ride over rough roads.
Smooth rolling performance with a race winning heritage.
Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2019
Frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium
Fork Carbon bladed
Groupset Shimano Tiagra 2x10
Wheels Giant SR-2 Disc
Brakes Giant Conduct Hydraulic Disc
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 Conduct brakes are a clever system that uses conventional brake levers yet delivers the high-performance of full hydraulic brakes.
A lightweight and lively allrounder with the confident stopping power of hydraulic disc brakes.