The £1000 price bracket is a hugely competitive area of the market so what can you expect for your money?  And the question on competitive triathletes lips is will I be able to buy a bike that I can train and compete on.  We’ve listed our favourite affordable road bikes for beginners here all within that 1000 pound budget.  You will recognise many of the best road bike brands within this article with our view on what to look out for.

While bicycles depreciate in the same way that a new car would do it is much harder to project what you can get for your £1000 on the used market.  So for this article we have focused on purely new bike purchases.

Most of the bike frames here are aluminium which makes sense with the material costing less than carbon fibre.  Also a much more established material for bikes giving a light frame that offers a comfortable stiffness to smash your personal best times on.  We’ve hand picked 19 of the best bikes for under 1000 pounds.  10 of the best bikes for a grand would have been too easy!

Groupset is all important to many buyers as well with Shimano dominating here.  If you shop around a Shimano 105 Groupset might just be in scope but realistically Tiagra is a more likely option at this price point.  We’ve managed to include an SRAM groupset road bike for £1000 in the list to give you some variety.  We have even searched high an low for a Campagnola equipped bike for those lovers of the groupset.  A rare find in this price bracket.  Read on to find which bike includes this on its set up.

Scott Speedster 20 

Pros

  • Aluminum frame
  • Shimano Tiagra Groupset
  • Relaxed frame geometry

Cons

  • Comes with somewhat bland styling
  • Others offer higher groupset spec for the money

Best price – £899

Best website – www.tredz.co.uk

The Scott Speedster 20 Endurance Road Bike continues to improve on an established recipe being lighter than earlier models and plenty of other improvements.  Its a decent looking bike but you aren’t going to be standing out from any crowds riding this.

This road bike has an aluminium frame coupled with a speedster carbon fork.  A common combination for £1000 bikes adding a dash of carbon fibre to reduce some of the weight and improve handling. This model also features a Shimano Tiagra groupset and Syncros components which is a pretty competitive package for this price point. This would make a fine first bike and no reason why you wouldn’t be able to be competitive on this.  Even racing in triathlons although an early wheel upgrade might be useful (this can be applied across all the bikes to follow in fairness).

Scott-Speedster-20-Road-Bike

Scott-Speedster-20-Road-Bike

Cube Attain Race disc

Pros

  • Aluminium frame
  • Shimano Tiagra Groupset
  • Sportive focused frame with disc brakes

Cons

  • Paint job is a real marmite affair
  • Not the lightest £1000 bike package

Best price £948.99

Best website – www.rutlandcycling.com

Yet another black and yellow bumble bee inspired paint job from cube.  Who havw steered away from some of their more recent matt paint finishes in bright colours, which we actually preferred.  This is a pretty decent bike for the money adding in some disc brakes to the mix that many in this price point can’t match.

The frame is made of lightweight 6061-T6 aluminium but fails to really sparkle on groupset.  Using the Shimano Tiagra 10 speed set up.  Not a bad choice but we would have preferred to see a 105 groupset really.  The Tektro brakes do a good job and again pretty standard kit in this company.   Getting a disc brake road bike for under £1000 would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago.

Cube-Attain-Race-Disc-Road-bike

Cube-Attain-Race-Disc-Road-bike

Canyon Endurance AL 7.0

Pros

  • Full 105 groupset and Mavic Aksium wheels
  • Aluminium frame with some nice aero touches
  • Comfortable fit frame

Cons

  • Only available direct over internet
  • Challenges in sizing correctly with no retail outlet

Best price – £999

Best website – www.canyon.com

The direct German manufacturer know a thing or two about fast bikes. If its good enough for Patrick Lange and Jan Frodeno then your in pretty good company.  Guaranteed to give you some bike rack kudos come race day.  The Endurance AL is a good looking bike while being reserved enough not to scare off any potential buyers here.

While £1000 for a road bike is still a fair chunk of cash you could consider this a bargain.  In our view this is the best bike with Shimano 105 for that money.  Canyon haven’t skimped on brakes, wheels or tyres and the Mavic Aksium are one of the best stock set of wheels we would probably be tempted not to meddle with an upgrade.

The ride is comfortable, and relaxed geometry is perfect for new riders.  So, anyone thinking of what to buy if trying the Prudential Ride London this year could do a lot worse than start here.

Canyon-Endurance-AL-7.0-road-bike

Canyon-Endurance-AL-7.0-road-bike

Rose Pro SL 2000

Pros

  • Full Shimano 105 groupset with Mavic Aksium wheels
  • Aluminium frame
  • Wonderful feeling frame

Cons

  • Direct over internet sales only
  • Challenges of sizing with no retail distribution outlet

Best price – £953

Best website – www.rosebikes.co.uk

Another of the best bikes you can buy for under £1000 with full Shimano 105 Groupset.  This bike represents real value.  Rose gives you Mavic Aksium wheels as well as that groupset.  Together with a sweet alloy frame that’s easily mistaken for carbon.  It’s not the most comfy ride out there, but the PRO SL 2000 is a genuinely sweet ride and no sign of any “cheap” import carbon here.  If your budget is flexible and you’d rather have discs, there’s also a Pro SL Disc-2000.  Unfortunately that breaks our budget here.  Rose bikes are yet to be really discovered by the masses so you could stand out from the crowd on this bike.

Rose-Pro-SL-2000-road-bike

Rose-Pro-SL-2000-road-bike

Cannondale synapse alloy disc Tiagra

Pros

  • Alloy frame
  • Shimano Tiagra Groupset
  • Race inspired frame design with disc brakes

Cons

  • Loads of them around so you won’t stand out from the crowd

Best price – £999

Best website – SigmaSports 

We do love Cannondale at Trivelo so no surprises to find an example of their bikes in our line up of the best bikes for £1000.  We could have chosen from their CAAD range of aluminium frames but with some price tweaks in the line-up we decided to pick this Synapse model which has some serious heritage.  The range-topping Synapse, which you will see taking on the bone-shaking cobbles of Paris-Roubaix.  Cannondale also produces this entry-level, alloy version of their Synapse endurance road bike.

The range continues to be updated and the Tiagra-equipped (with Promax brakes and FSA Omega crankset) model here sneaks in under the £1,000. Cannondale supply the bulk of the components, alongside their new Synapse Disc frame.

Crafted from SmartForm C2 Alloy, the frame boasts an asymmetric construction to account for the mismatched disc-brake forces.  It’s paired with a carbon Synapse Disc Asymmetric fork.  Cannondale market the Synapse as suitable for anything ‘from fast group rides to daily commutes’.  At less than £1,000 for a pro-tested geometry its a quality entry in our line up.

Cannondale-Synapse-road-bike

Cannondale-Synapse-road-bike

Ribble R872 Black 105 Fulcrum SE

Pros

  • Full Shimano 105 groupset
  • A quality carbon frame and fork
  • Simple but gorgeous styling including integrated cabling for some aero

Cons

  • Another internet only option with challenges on sizing

Best price: £929

Best Website – www.ribblecycles.co.uk

Very much on the cusp of £1000 this creeps just under our budget here.  In our view another of the best carbon road bikes for £1000.   Be warned you will need to be careful with your spec or watch for their clearance specials to afford this.

Ribble has managed to spec a quality carbon frame and fork, full Shimano 105 and Fulcrum’s entry-level Racing Sport wheels.  The package delivers value through its direct distribution model.  You won’t find their bikes for sale anywhere else other than direct with them.  This means they maintain real control over pricing and stock.  One of the Trivelo team has been racing on a Ribble Gran Fondo for over 5 years now and it is still one of his favourites.  A bike for any conditions with some real capability worked into these bikes for flat speed and uphill climbing.

The bike builder system on their website can seem a bit daunting.  Coupled with then having to do some construction when your bike is delivered.  If that all seems like too much effort we can help you connect with a local bike mechanic who would be happy to help.

Ribble-R872-Road-bike

Ribble-R872-Road-bike

Trek Émonda ALR 4

Pros

  • Aluminium lightweight frame
  • Shimano Tiagra groupset, Bontrager finishing kit and wheels
  • Smooth sportive friendly ride

Cons

  • Very bland looking bike

Best price – £845

Best website – Sigma Sports 

The Émonda ALR is the budget aluminium version of Trek’s incredible carbon Émonda SLR.  This version offers many of the same capabilities of its bigger brother the SLR.

The ALR is no slouch.  The finish is pretty classic but we like the styling with its pearlescent paint and we have picked the black paint scheme that is our preference.  If you like a more statement bike you can always opt for the red version.

Trek-Emonda-ALR-4-road-bike

Trek-Emonda-ALR-4-road-bike

Boardman Road Team Carbon

Pros

  • Full carbon frame and fork at a great price
  • Shimano Tiagra and Mavic CXP22 rims
  • Aero features including seat post

Cons

  • The badge can be subject to some snobbery
  • Some reports of issues with that aero seat post

Best price – £1,000

Best website – www.boardmanbikes.com

While we have a couple of Boardman bikes in the Trivelo offices none of us have taken the leap with their road bikes.   With both of the bikes in the bike racks Boardman mountain bikes.  Boardman have an increasingly strong reputation and you shouldn’t be put off by the distribution arm being Halfords alongside lesser bike options.  That said this latest incarnation of their £1000 carbon fibre road bike may offer some value.  In recent years the Brownlee brothers have made a switch to Pinarello, why?  Didn’t match their new tri-suits?

Budget carbon isn’t always the best choice with some low quality Chinese imports flooding the UK market.  But the Boardman Team Carbon is no cheap knock off.  Boardman have coupled both a quality carbon frame and full carbon fork that is worth a look while checking out some of these machines.  Boardman have made a few compromises on the specification with some low rent brakes that aren’t great and the cranks may not last the distance.  It is still packing the  Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra that is very nearly the equal of 11-speed 105.  The latest design is a real improvement over the previous model.

boardman-SLR-road-bike

boardman-SLR-road-bike

Giant Contend 1

Pros

  • Stiff aluminium frame
  • Shimano Sora Groupset
  • Reliable and trusty option

Cons

  • Really poor groupset for the money
  • Heavy versus competition

Best price – £749

Best website – www.tredz.co.uk

While we would love to include the Giant Propel it seems that an aero road bike for £1000 is too much to ask.  Meaning that we need to drop down to the Contend range here.  The contend replaces the ever popular Defy range with a decent alloy frame with some fairly staid styling.  It doesn’t make this a looker against the other bikes on offer here.

Shimano’s Sora drivetrain and groupset is poor company here as well.  No surprises lacks the close ratio shifts of Shimano’s higher-end groups but delivers a relatively versatile 11-32t cassette.   Giant’s own brakes disappoint but they can easily be replaced if this was the bikes for you.

Giant-Contend-Road-bike

Giant-Contend-Road-bike

Specialized Allez Sport Road Bike

Pros

  • Lively performing entry-level alloy racer
  • Shimano Tiagra shifting, Praxis cranks and own-brand everything else
  • Popular with high resale values

Cons

  • They are everywhere!

Best price – £849

Best website – Sigma Sports

It wouldn’t be a complete line without something from the Specialized stable.  You can’t move far in any sportive line up without stumbling upon a Specialized Allez.  For many it is the pathway into serious bike expenditure and the perfect place to start with a bike many know and trust so future resale is never an issue to contend with.  The Allez offers solid performance in an attractive package, if not exceptional value for money.  The spec is a bit low rent using some own brand and third-party components mixed in with the Shimano bits.

The Allez retains the likeable qualities for which it is renowned.  It’s a good basis for upgrades down the line if you were to stick with this for the years to come.  The Allez has a new frame design with some odd colour combinations and are subject to some recalls which means you might be best to check with any supplier before you buy.

Specialized-Allez-road-bike

Specialized-Allez-road-bike

Bianchi Via Nirone 7

Pros

  • Aluminium hydroformed triple butted frame
  • Shimano Sora Groupset
  • Lots of heritage from a classic manufacturer.  Its a Bianchi!

Cons

  • Groupset disappoints

Best price– £850

Best website – Sigma Sports

Any Bianchi bike can rarely be described as “entry level” or “budget” with a brand as strong as Bianchi.  The frame offers a very forgiving ride with the curved top tube a lovely design cue.  We’re not sure about the colour scheme and are pretty traditional at Trivelo meaning we would prefer to see bikes in their classic Bianchi blue.

The aluminum frame is hydroformed and triple butted, and comes with a carbon fork that features kevlar inserts at the chainstays and seatstays.  Which we love.  The groupset is Shimano Sora which is where the love affair with this bike stutter somewhat.  The wheels are Alex Rims with Vittoria Zaffiro Slicks which look great. It all hangs together pretty well but you have to accept most of your money is going on the frame which in fairness is where you would want the money spent.

Bianchi-Via-Nirone-7

Bianchi-Via-Nirone-7

Planet X RT-58 Alloy road bike

Pros

  • Aluminium frame
  • SRAM Rival groupset & Vision wheels
  • Well developed frame technology

Cons

  • Not much of a looker in current paint job

Best price – £849.99

Best website – www.planetx.co.uk

While we admire the value that Planet X represents and what they have done to bring real affordability to real cyclists we can’t get on board with their latest paint schemes.  Previous plain black and white models seem a much more pleasant on the eye option to their latest 80’s tracksuit inspired styling.  Definitely an acquired taste.

Planet X is however able to spec this bike with some incredible components for this price point.  This includes a SRAM Rival groups and Vision 35mm rims the only £1000 road bike with SRAM in this line up.  The aluminium frame uses an endurance geometry, with a fairly short reach and tall stack which can make it look a bit ungainly it bigger frame sizes. Planet X love to do some crazy deals so if you want this bike with a quality Shimano groupset or set of Mavic rims you might well make that work for the £1000 budget.

Planet-X-RT58-road-bike

Planet-X-RT58-road-bike

Cube Axial WLS Race ladies road bike

Pros

  • Quality aluminium from another pedigree brand
  • Shimano 105 Groupset that is leading the pack at this price point
  • Great looking bike

Cons

  • Not a lot.  Carbon frame would have nice if being picky!

Best price- £999

Best website – www.paulscycles.co.uk

A super light aluminium frame with Shimano 105 components, we were impressed with the value and had to include a womens road bike for £1000 in this list.  Cube has used oversized tubing to create stiffness on the double-butted frame allowing them to keep the weight down.
The fork is carbon, and coupled with skinny seatstay, you get a Sportive friendly ride that lends itself to long endurance rides whilst still keeping things sporty.  A wide ratio cassette (11-32) and compact chainset provides lots of options on the hills, and the bike even comes fitted with colour matched Mavic Aksium Elite that give you a pretty sweet looking ride.

Cube-Axial-WLS-road-bike

Cube-Axial-WLS-road-bike

Merida Scultura 300

Pros

  • Aluminium frame
  • Shimano Tiagra Groupset
  • Some extra sprinklings of carbon with seat post and forks

Cons

  • Not a great deal

Best price – £950

Best website – www.cyclelane.co.uk

The Scultura Lite frame is crafted from triple-butted 6066-aluminium that Merida make bold claims of quality stiffness-to-weight ratios.  This alloy set up is matched with a carbon seat post and full carbon fork helping keep the weight down, it is about as high-spec as you’re going to find on a sub-£1,000 bike. Included in the price you get some nice aero touches which means you have a quality frame if you want to head down the upgrade path in future years.  A Shimano Tiagra groupset (with KMC chain), Merida finishing kit and Maxxis Dolemites tyres are the rest of the line up.

Merida-road-bike-for-under-1000

Merida-Scultura-Road-bike

If you are looking for a full review of the Merida Reacto aero road bike read our in-depth review here for more information.

Cinelli Experience Potenza

Pros

  • Triple butted aluminium frame
  • Campagnola Potenza Groupset
  • Premium brand legacy and features

Cons

  • Campagnola groupsets can be temperamental
  • Bland styling for an Italian

Best Price – £999

Best website – Sigma Sports 

Cinelli are a platinum Italian brand in cycling and they like so many others have a bike in the £1000 bracket.  No big surprises with an aluminium frame and carbon forks but in Italian style it is running the Campagnola Potenza groupset on the Cinelli Experience Potenza.

The Cinelli Experience Potenza is intended for long training rides and sportives.  Designed for comfort but is well placed for those looking for an all-round bike.  Campagnolo’s Calima C17 wheels are included with their  Mega-G3 spoke pattern.  Very unusual and this will give you plenty to talk about on the Sunday morning chain gang rides.  The design is conventional with not the most striking design but dripping with Campagnola this is worth a look.  

Cinelli-Experience-Potenza-Road-Bike-2020

Cinelli-Experience-Potenza-Road-Bike-2020

GT Grade AL Elite Bike

Pros

  • Aluminium frame with adventure bike features
  • Shimano Claris 8 speed Groupset
  • Full carbon forks

Cons

  • Groupset is a let down
  • Heavy package with focus on more adventure cycling

Best price – £799

Best website – Chain Reaction Cycles

One of the lowest priced bikes in our line-up we wanted to include a more rugged option.  Still a road bike but with a cyclo-cross inspired design.  Th GT is a strong and sturdy bike that is well suited to a winter training bike more than a triathlon racing contender.  The frame is designed with GT’s innovative Triple Triangle frameset.  It has a slightly dated look about it now against more aero designs in our view but is focused on strength.

The bike is fitted with 8-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain that is smooth but at the lower end against others here.  The bike has Tektro hydraulic disc brakes that is a good feature on a bike of this price. The WTB ST i23 wheelset are pretty heavy but a strong option if pushing the surfaces where you are riding.

GT-Grade-AL-Elite-Bike

GT-Grade-AL-Elite-Bike

Willier GTR Team 105

Pros

  • Full carbon fibre frame for under £1000
  • Shimano 105 Groupset
  • Italian heritage and quality

Cons

  • Not a lot to argue with here if you can find one

Best price – £999

Best website – Cycle Republicif they have any left at this price

This beauty creeps in under the £1000 mark if you can find one.  Packing a huge spec the Willier is another real contender for our favourite.  It has been designed using an ultra-lightweight carbon monocoque  frame that’s not only low in weight but also immensely strong.  One of only a handful of bikes in our line up with such a high spec frame.  

The rest of the bike does not disappoint.  With a Shimano 105 drivetrain, you expect smooth shifting and a set-up well placed for any upgrades compatible with Shimano top end components.  Willier have not cut corners with the brakes either also running Shimano 105 R7000 brakes provide phenomenal stopping power when needed. The classic cheap heavy wheels have also been avoided by Willier so no need to immediately upgrade.  The bike comes with the trusty Shimano RS100 wheels, which are wrapped in Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700c tyres.  A lot of bike for the money.

Willier-GTR-Team-105-Bike

Willier-GTR-Team-105-Bike

B’Twin Ultra 920 AF Ultegra

Pros

  • Aluminium road bike frame
  • Amazingly Shimano Ultegra 11 speed Groupset
  • Mavic Elite Cosmic wheels

Cons

  • Frame lets down the side with some epic components

Best Price – £899

Best website to buy  from – Decathlon

A full list price of around £1200 this bike is regularly discounted to a mere £899.  The Decathlon branded B’Twin suffers with bike snobbery but this bike is worth addition in our list of bikes given the Shimano Ultegra groupset.  This is also coupled with the awesome Mavic Elite Cosmic wheels.  The components alone are worth the money here.

The frame and badge let the package down here but would be worth a ride to see how the frame performs.  Resale value of the bike is likely to suffer with little demand in the second hand market for b’twin compared to others such as Cannondale.  At £899 it is a lot of bike for money but at times Decathlon discount even heavier so it is possible to get the bike for an even lower price at times.

btwin-ultra-920-AF-Ultegra-road-bike

btwin-ultra-920-AF-Ultegra-road-bike

Pinnacle Dolomite Limited Edition

Pros

  • Aluminium frame with carbon forks
  • Shimano 105 Groupset
  • Shimano disc brakes

Cons

  • Badge snobbery could hold you back from a purchase

Best price – £975

Best website to buy from – Evans Cycles 

Evans own Pinnacle brand offering a £1000 bike for our list.  The Pinnacle Dolomite is designed for UK road conditions. Utilising a geometry which rides a fine-line between a more upright sportive bike and a performance bike that an experienced rider will feel at home on during winter training. With space for 25C tyres with guards or 28C without, it’s a bike that can be adapted for all-out speed or a little more comfort. Internal cable routing that’s configured for UK brake set ups and ease of maintenance and an extensively butted frame complete the package for a bike with sleek looks and a smooth ride.

pinnacle-dolomite-road-bike

pinnacle-dolomite-road-bike

Summary of the best bikes for under £1000

If we were able to tip above the £1000 there are a wealth of additional bikes we could list including some exciting new entrants from companies who we are growing to love such as North Road Cycles.  Very close to our list but unfortunately still £50 above our target budget.  We might have missed some other bikes that you would have loved to have seen with others from firms and cheaper models but we have tried to focus on road bikes between £750 and £1000 that we would ride and avoided cheating by hunting out last years models that we could squeeze into this budget.

List of the 19 Best Road Bikes for under £1000

  1. Scott Speedster 20
  2. Cube Attain Race Disc
  3. Canyon Endurance AL 7.0
  4. Rose Pro SL 2000
  5. Cannondale Synapse Alloy Disc Tiagra
  6. Ribble R872 Black 105 Fulcrum SE
  7. Trek Emonda ALR 4
  8. Boardman Road Team Carbon
  9. Giant Contend 1
  10. Specialized Allez Elite
  11. Bianchi Via Nirone 7
  12. Planet X RT-58 Alloy Road bike
  13. Cube Axial WLS Race Ladies road bike
  14. Merida Scultura 300
  15. Cinelli Experience Potenza
  16. GT Grade AL Elite
  17. Willier GTR Team 105
  18. B’Twin Ultra 920 AF Ultegra
  19. Pinnacle Dolomite

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Billy Ferguson

Founder of Trivelo

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