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.

Full List of Best Road Bikes Under £1500

  1. Ribble R872 Disc Road Bike – TRIVELO BEST BUY AWARD
  2. Boardman SLR 8.9 Carbon Grey
  3. Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc 2020 
  4. Specialized Allez E5 Elite 2020
  5. Canyon UltimateCF SL 7.0
  6. Bianchi Via Nerone 7 105
  7. Cube Nuroad Road Bike
  8. Fuji Sportif 1.3 Disc Road Bike 2020

Ribble R872 Disc Road Bike

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Review Scores Compared:

Cycling Weekly = 10 / 10                                                            Bike Radar = 4.5 / 5

220 Triathlon = 4 / 5                                                                    Cyclist = 4.5 / 5 

Trivelo – Best Buy Award 

Best price we can find this at currently is £1099 direct from Ribble.  As ever we work with the manufacturers and look to get the best discounts.  Contact us for more information.

Online merchant Ribble have once more delivered a beautiful road bike.  The R872 is the evolution of the classic Gran Fondo that has for many years been hugely popular. An carbon frame with good looks is great and impressive to see the carbon frames still not dropped at this price point by Ribble.  Common to all Ribble bikes it has 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 Ultegra groupset realistically building up an R872 with 105 is money well spent. By building your bike with Shimano 105 and you will have a lightweight, fast and good looking bike that offers real value for money. Big fans and our best buy in this bike category.

Our Best Road Bike Under 1500.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano Tiagra 10 speed Mechanical Disc.
Shifters – Tiagra 4700 10 speed.
Brakes – Tektro MD510 Mechanical Disc.
Chainset – Tiagra 4700 2 x 10 Speed 34-50T.
Bottom Bracket – Shimano BB-RS500 BSA.
Cassette – Shimano HG500 11-32T.
Chain – Shimano HG54 10 Speed.
Rotors – Shimano SM-RT10 CL 160mm.
Front Derailleur – Tiagra 4700 Braze On.
Rear Derailleur – Tiagra 4700 Medium Cage.
Wheels – Mavic Aksium Disc Clincher, 12mm Bolt Thru-Axle.
Tyres – Continental Ultra Sport 3 Rigid 700x25c, Black.
Frame – Full Carbon.
Forks – Full Carbon Monocoque.
Bars – Level 1 6061 Alloy, Black.
Stem – Level 1 6061 Alloy, Black.
Bar Tape – Level Cork Ribbon, Black.
Seatpost – Level 1 6061 Alloy 27.2mm, 350mm,Black.
Saddle – Prologo Kappa RS, Black.
Approximate Weight – 9.1kg (Extra Small)

Boardman SLR 8.9

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Review Scores Compared:

Bike Radar = 4.5 / 5

Cyclist = 4.5 / 5 

Latest 2021 range of bikes with new splash of red paint job for only £1000 from Halfords  

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.  The bikes are easily tracked down at your local Halfords or Cycle Republic without having to look too hard.  Basic models with Shimano Tiagra but also possible to get a well priced carbon framed bike and Shimano 105 Groupset.  A lot of bike for the money.  We have had some reports that the seat stem can cause some problems and subject to slipping.  Worth checking out if considering buying one.  Especially relevant if you are looking at the bigger framed bikes and a taller rider.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105
Shifters – Tiagra 
Brakes – Tektro R315
Chainset – Shimano Tiagra 50/34t, S-170mm, M/L/XL – 175mm 
Bottom Bracket – Shimano Pressfit 86.5m
Cassette – Shimano HG500 10 speed, 12-28t
Chain – KMC X10
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105
Wheels – Boardman alloy 
Tyres – Vittoria Rubino
Frame – Full Carbon
Forks – Full Carbon 
Bars – Boardman black alloy 
Stem – FSA Orbital 
Seatpost -Boardman alloy

Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc 2020

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Review Scores Compared:

Bike Radar = 4 / 5

Best price we can find this at currently is £1199.99 at Tredz – contact us for latest discount codes to get money off

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.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105
Shifters – Shimano 105
Brakes – TRP Spyre-C cable actuated disc, 160mm rotors
Chainset – FSA Gossamer alloy 
Bottom Bracket – Cannondale BB30 
Cassette – Shimano 105, 11-34, 11 speed
Chain – KMC X11, 11 speed
Headset – FSA Sealed bearing, integrated, 1-1/4″ – 1-1/8″
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Wheels – RD 2.0, 28h
Tyres – Vittoria Zaffiro
Frame – SmartForm C2 Alloy, SAVE BB30, internal routing, flat mount 
Forks – Full carbon, SAVE, internal routing, 1-1/8″ – 1 1/4″ tapered steerer, flat mount, 55mm rake, 12×100 thru axle
Bars – Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, compact 
Stem – Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, 31.8, 7
Seatpost – Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, 25.4 x 350mm 
Saddle – Cannondale Stage Ergo

Specialized Allez E5 Elite 2020

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Review Scores Compared:

Bike Radar = 4.5 / 5

Best price we can find this at currently is £1049 at Tredz  contact us for latest discount codes to get money off

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?

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105 
Shifters – Shimano 105
Brakes – Axis 1.0 caliper
Chainset – Praxis Alba, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket – Included w/ crankset 
Cassette – Shimano 105, 11-342t 11 speed
Chain – KMC X11, 11 speed
Headset – FSA Sealed bearing, integrated, 1-1/4″ – 1-1/8″
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 R7000GS, medium cage, 11 speed
Wheels – DT R460
Tyres – Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double blackbelt protection, 700x25mm
Frame – Specialized E5 premium aluminium, fully manipulated tubing w/ smooth welds, internal cable routing, threaded BB, 130mm spacing
Forks – Specialized FACT carbon, 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ taper, fender eyelets 
Bars – Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
Stem – Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4 bolt, 7 degree rise 
Seatpost – Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti corrosion
Saddle – Body geometry bridge saddle, steel rails

Canyon Ultimate CF SL 7.0

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Review Scores Compared:

Cycling Weekly = 8 / 10                                                            Bike Radar = 4.5 / 5

Cyclist = 4.5 / 5 

Best price we can find this at currently is  £1499 from Canyon contact us for latest discount codes to get money off

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 Fulcrum wheels. Looks and feels the business. We like.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
Shifters – Shimano 105 R7000
Brakes – Shimano 105 
Chainset – Praxis Alba, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket – Shimano Pressfit BB72  
Cassette – Shimano 105, 11-30,11 speed
Chain – KMC X11, 11 speed
Headset – FSA Sealed bearing, integrated, 1-1/4″ – 1-1/8″
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 R7000
Wheels – Fulcrum Racing 900
Tyres – Continental Grand Prix SL 25mm
Frame – Canyon Ultimate CF SL Carbon
Forks – Cnyon F35 CF SLX carbon  
Bars – Canyon H17 Ergobar AL 
Stem – Canyon V13 
Seatpost – Canyon SP0042 VCLS CF carbon
Saddle – Fizik Antares R7 

Bianchi Via Nerone 7 105

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Review Scores Compared:

Cycling Weekly = 8 / 10                                                            Bike Radar = 4.5 / 5

Best price we can find this at currently is £1375 from Tredz contact us for latest discount codes to get money off

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. Shimano 105 groupset coupled with a very effective frame suited as an endurance road bike. 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!

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
Shifters – Shimano 105 R7000
Brakes – Shimano BR-R561-L
Chainset – Praxis Alba, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket – Shimano SM-BBR60
Cassette – Shimano 105, 11-32,11 speed
Chain – KMC X11
Headset – FSA semi integrated lower part _ integrated upper 
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 R7000
Wheels – Shimano WH-RS100
Tyres – Vittora Zaffiro 25-622, 700×25 
Frame – Via Nirone 7 Alu, hydroforming tubing, internal cable routing
Forks – Bianchi alu/carbon w/kevlar, 1.1/8″ 
Bars – Reparto Corse Compact, flat top, alloy 6061 
Stem – Reparto Corse Alloy 6061 
Seatpost – Reparto Corse Alloy 6061 shaft
Saddle – Selle Royal SR 

Cube Nuroad Road Bike

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Review Scores Compared:

Cyclist = 4 / 5

Best price we can find this at currently is £999 for  from Wiggle.   We have the latest deals with Wiggle as well as other brands so contact us for the latest codes.

With an aluminium frame and all round tyres you could argue this Cube bike is more of a gravel bike.  We all need another excuse to get another bike after all and if we don’t have a gravel bike sounds a good reason to get one!  Boasting Shimano’s latest GRX groupset you can be the envy of the Sunday morning ride with the first with kit. Disc brakes and a very robust build make this a potential all year round bike option.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
Shifters – Shimano 105 R7000
Brakes – Shimano BR-RX400, Hydr.disc brake, flat mount 
Chainset – Shimano GRX
Bottom Bracket – Shimano SM-BBR60
Cassette – Shimano 105, CS-HG700, 11-34T 
Chain – Shimano CN-HG600-11
Headset – FSA Orbit
Front Derailleur – Shimano GRX RD-RX810
Rear Derailleur – Shimano GRX FD-R810 
Wheels – Cube RA 0.8 CX 
Tyres – Schwalbe G0One Allround, perf, kevlar 40-622 
Frame – Aluminium 6061 T6 superlite, gravel comfort geometry
Forks – Cube Nuroad disc, one piece 3D forged steerer/crown, carbon blades
Bars – Reparto Corse Compact, flat top, alloy 6061 
Stem – Cube Performance Stem Pro
Seatpost – Cube Performance Post, 27.2mm 
Saddle – Natural Fit Venec Lite 

Fuji Sportif 1.3 Disc Road Bike 2020

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Review Scores Compared:

Bike Radar = 4 / 5

Best price we can find this at currently is £1424.99 from Wiggle – contact us for the latest discount codes.

Fuji rocking a tried and tested formula with alloy frame and carbon forks although at the top end of our budget shame not to see carbon.  Thankfully with Shimano 105 groupset on offer the Fuji recovers some ground in this highly competitive market.  Finishing kit on the Fuji not bad and the bike is certainly no ugly duckling.  Built for Sportive’s as an endurance bike with Disc brakes and 30c tyres this is a solid bet for any rider.

Full Specification:
Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
Shifters – Shimano 105 R7000
Brakes – TRP Hy/RD disc, 160mm rotors
Crankset – Oval  concepts 300, forged 6066 arms, praxis rings, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket – Shimano SM-BBR60
Cassette –  Shimano HG-700, 11-34T
Chain – KMC X11 
Headset – FSA Orbit
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 
Wheels – Oval concepts 324 disc, 28/28h thru axle front, QR rear 
Tyres – Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 30c  
Frame – A2-SL Alloy tapered seatstays & chainstays with rack mount, Flat mount disc & replaceable derailleur hanger
Forks – FC-440 full carbon monozoque, 12mm thru-axle w/flat mount disc tabs, tapered steerer
Bars – Oval concepts 310 ergo, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 133mm drop
Stem – Oval concepts 313, 3D-forged 6061 stem body
Seatpost – Oval concepts 300, 6061 alloy, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle – Oval concepts 344, steel rail

If your budget won’t stretch to £1500 check out our list of the Top 19 Road bikes for Under £1000.  

Alternatively if a road bike is too fragile for your needs check our round up of 15 of the Best Gravel bikes on the market.  Find out more about this exciting new genre of bikes as an alternative to a road bike.  

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9 Comments

Stuart Howell · 26/03/2020 at 11:44 pm

Good set of bikes and useful comparison information.

Henry Stewart · 30/03/2020 at 8:43 am

Nice set of bikes. Shame they are over my budget of £1000 but will keep a look out for discounts.

Kevin Howard · 31/03/2020 at 12:15 am

So many other bikes could add to the list and so hard to choose!!!

Simon Sharp · 31/03/2020 at 4:54 pm

Love the Canyon.

Chris Young · 01/04/2020 at 8:50 am

Boardman is a great buy. Genuinely a lot of bike for the money.

Ed Wilts · 19/04/2020 at 8:25 am

Nice set of bikes. Any discounts on these always welcome.

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