With only a handful of weeks left in 2016 (WTF – how did that happen?) thoughts start to turn to next year’s cycling and the prospect of a new bike. While we love helping you buy & sell used bikes a trigger for this exercise is often the purchase of a new one so we still have lots of love for new wheels! One tried and tested method for a new bike is the bike to work scheme that we have previously written about in our blog. With a ceiling spend of £1000 it opens up doors to some nice kit with carbon fibre frames & quality groupsets but still needs a careful eye on the numbers to get some serious bang for your buck. With discounts aplenty in the new year we have focused on those bikes currently sneaking above the £1000 mark on the assumption you will be doing some hard haggling for the best price come January. Below is our selection of best road bikes for under £1500 to buy on the bike to work scheme.
Ribble Gran Fondo
Online merchant once more Ribble have been smashing out the Gran Fondo for many years and picking up fans along the way. A carbon fibre frame with good looks and a build to your own spec approach this again is a great option in this price range. While we would love the money to stretch to the aero 883 model realistically building up a well specced Gran Fondo is a more realistic target. Build up your machine with Shimano 105 and you will have a lightweight, fast and good looking bike that offers real value for money. Big fans.
Best price we can find this at currently is £899 direct from Ribble.
Boardman Road Pro Carbon
Possibly still subject to some badge snobbery the Boardman range continues to go from strength to strength and this is certainly a quality machine and offers good value for the money. Quite an aggressive design but paired with disc brakes as an option this is well worth a look and easily tracked down at your local Halfords without having to look to hard.
Best price we can find this at currently is £1199.20 from Halfords but likely to be bargains in the new year.
Cannondale CAAD12 105
No carbon frame here as Cannondale continues to mature its aluminium frame design to reduce weight and improve stiffness. This well designed frame is finished with a full Shimano 105 groupset and carbon forks. With Mavic wheels as well you could ride this one straight out of the shop without any urgency to consider upgrades. We have a sweet spot for Cannondale at Trivelo so this one will certainly be on our shortlist to test next year.
Best price we can find this at currently is £1299.99 at Wheelies.
Specialized Tarmac Sport
No list would be complete without a Specialized in it as they seem to have a model at almost every price point and bike type. The range of colours continues to evolve ditching the very conservative whites and reds of 5 years ago for more bold offerings. While no s-works this is a high quality machine and you can trust that it will be built to a quality finish and you are unlikely to be disappointed. We’re not big Specialized lovers at Trivelo with just too many of them on the roads but this is a nice bike, maybe lacking a little soul?
Best price we can find this at currently is £1125 at Wheelies.
Canyon Ultimate CF SL 7.0
German engineering is vomited all over the Canyon and if you can secure this ride for under a grand your unlikely to feel short changed. Getting this in a sale might be more of a challenge as they operate a direct online business model but well worth checking before any money changes hands. All carbon means the frame comes in under 1 kilo with reliable Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic wheels. Looks and feels the business. We like.
Best price we can find this at currently is £1349 direct from Canyon.
If a badge is important to you on those chain gang rides and you want to be holding your head high in the car park you can’t argue with the Bianchi. The frame here is an endurance sportive geometry more upright than the Boardman listed above. No Shimano on show here but some equally splendid Campagnolo groupset to savour. A few other corners cut to make the price point but a beautiful looking machine as you would expect from such a well respected name. We had to include it in our list!
Best price we can find this at currently is £1275 from Evans Cycles.
Vitus Bikes Zenium SL Pro Disc – Superlight Ultegra
The name doesn’t exactly slip off the tongue but this aluminium bike will no doubt catch many peoples eyes with the prospect of Ultegra at this price point. Just the components alone on this bike should push it out of reach at this price. Disc brakes, Ultegra and lots more this is a quality bike. We’re not sold on the styling here at Trivelo but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is certainly worthy of inclusion on our list.
Best price we can find this at currently is £899 for an ex-demo version from Chain Reaction cycles.
Giant Defy Advanced 3
While we might have aspirations for the aero propel for this money that might be a stretch too far so the Defy range may well be more realistic. The Defy is a popular sportive miles muncher and has seen Giant re-position the model above the alumium Contend range. For this money you get Shimano Tiagra with a full carbon frame and disc brakes. We’ll still more of a fan of the Propel and will be scouring the sales pages for one in this price point but maybe we’re kidding ourselves and should give the Defy Advanced a break.
Best price we can find this at currently is £919.20 from Wheelies.
Our best road bikes for under £1500 to buy on the bike to work scheme.
About the author – Billy is the founder of Trivelo bikes and a supporter of the bike to work scheme, “anything that gets people into cycling has to be a good thing for the industry”.