5 of the Best Womens Road Bikes 2020

For women looking for a road bike this often means buying a men’s bike in a smaller size.  But what about women’s road bikes tailor made for them?  Check our list of the best womens road bikes 2020 with full specification information and our star ratings against each of the bikes.  

How did we select the bikes?

At Trivelo we are super  lucky to have a number of amazing female athletes who really know their bikes.  We canvassed their expertise to come up with our short list of women’s road bikes.  The bikes selected below are based on their experience and views on current road bikes for women.  

List of our Best Womens Road Bikes 2024

  1. Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro Womens Carbon Road Bike – TRIVELO BEST BUY AWARD
  2. Boardman SLR 9.2 Wome
  3. Cube Axial WS GTC SLX
  4. Scott Contessa Addict 25 2024 – Road Bike
  5. Cannondale Systemsix Ultegra Di2 Women’s Road Bike

Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro

Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro Specifications

Frame Advanced-Grade Composite, disc

Fork Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer, disc

Handlebar Liv Contact SLR Aero

Stem Giant Contact SL Aero

Seatpost Giant Vector, composite

Saddle Liv Contact SL 

Shifters SRAM Force eTap AXS

Front Derailleur SRAM Force eTap AXS

Rear Derailleur SRAM Force eTap AXS

Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, press fit

Brakes SRAM Force AXS hydraulic disc

Brake Levers SRAM Force AXS hydraulic

Cassette SRAM XG-1270, 10×28

Chain SRAM Force D1

Crankset SRAM Force eTap AXS, 35/48, Quarq power meter

Rims Giant SLR 1 Aero 42/65 Disc Composite WheelSystem

Hubs Giant SLR 1 Aero 42/65 Disc WheelSystem

Tyres CADEX Race 25 700×25, folding, tubeless

Weight 7.2kg

Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro was the most popular bike from our panel when asked which bike they would choose.  The Liv range of bikes from Giant were universally popular but the Enviliv Advanced Pro was the stand out.  With a beautifully crafted aero frame and integrated cockpit design the bike is a real looker.  Weighing at only 7.2kg there are few bikes lighter on the market for men or women.  

Trivelo Best Buy Winner 

Buy the Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro for £6699 from Liv.  


Boardman SLR 9.2 Womens

Boardman SLR 9.2 Womens Bike Specifications

Frame Boardman SLR – C10 Carbon

Fork Boardman SLR – C10 Carbon

Handlebar Boardman Elite Alloy

Stem Boardman Elite Alloy

Seatpost Boardman SLR Carbon 0-20mm adjustable offset

Saddle Fizik Luce

Shifters Shimano Ultegra R8000 2×11

Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra R8000

Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra R8000 SS

Bottom Bracket FSA PF30 with 24mm adapter

Brakes Shimano Ultegra R8000

Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra R8000

Cassette Shimano 105 11-28

Chain Shimano CN-HG701

Crankset Shimano Ultegra R8000

Rims Boardman SLR Elite Seven

Hubs Boardman SLR Elite Seven

Tyres Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 25mm

Weight 7.7kg

All of the bikes in this line up are highly recommended and worth consideration. Compared to the Liv the Boardman struggles to compete but that is not to say the Boardman is any slouch.  Weighing only 7.7kg and fitted allround with Shimano Ultegra this is a lot of full carbon bike for the money.  With womens specific geometry and the Fizik Luce saddle this is firmly designed with women in mind.  The wheelset is the only real area that the bike is let down and an early target for an upgrade.  With current discounts the bike is available for a very reasonable £1549 that is more  than 20% off original list price of £2000.  

Buy the Boardman SLR 8.9 for £1000 from Halfords 


Cube Axial WS GTC SLX 2024 - Road Bike

cube axial womens road bike
Cube Axial WS GTC SLX 2024 Specifications

Frame Gtc monocoque twin mold technology

Fork Cube csl race disc, full carbon

Handlebar Newmen evolution wing bar

Stem Newmen evolution

Seatpost Newmen evolution

Saddle Natural fit venec lite ws

Shifters Shimano 105 di2 

Front Derailleur Shimano 105 di2

Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 di2

Bottom Bracket Sealed

Brakes Shimano 105 br-r7170

Brake Levers Shimano 105

Cassette Shimano 105 cs-r7100, 11-34t

Chain Shimano cn-m7100

Crankset Shimano fc-rs520, 50x34t

Rims Fulcrum racing 77 db

Hubs Fulcrum racing

Tyres Conti grand sport race sl

Weight 10.5kg

The Cube Axial WS GTC SLX is designed specifically for comen cyclists.  It uses an oversize main frame tubes for efficiency through the wind and precise steering. The full carbon fork and slim seatstays keep both the weight down and also make for a more smooth ride. The Road Comfort Geometry places you in an ideal position for extended performance, resulting in a light, precise, and comfortable frame ready for rapid road adventures.

Buy the Cube Axial WS GTC SLX 2024 for £2499 from Tredz


Scott Contessa Addict 25 2024 - Road Bike

Scott Contessa Addict 25 Womens Bike Specifications

Frame Fenix SLA Disc, Tripple Butted Hydroformed Superlight 6005-601 Alloy

Fork Fenix SLA Disc, Full Carbon 

Handlebar Forza Stratos

Stem Forza Stratos

Seatpost Forza Stratos

Saddle Forza Stratos

Shifters Shimano 105 Dual Control , 11-speed

Front Derailleur Shimano 105

Rear Derailleur Shimano 105

Bottom Bracket Sealed

Brakes Shimano 105

Brake Levers Shimano 105

Cassette Shimano 105, 11-30T

Chain KMC X11 with MissingLink

Crankset FSA Gossamer Pro 50/34T

Rims Shimano RS

Hubs Shimano RS

Tyres Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700 x 25c

Weight 9.2kg

List price of the Ridley Liz SLA was the cheapest in this round up of the Best Women’s road bikes until Boardman discounted so heavily.  It is worth noting when considering the materials and components included in the price.  The only bike in this line up with a aluminium frame but not the heaviest making the most of new tech in alloy frames.  Frame geometry and design is fairly conventional but includes full Shimano 105 disc brakes for extra stopping power.  The rest of the Groupset like the Fuji uses the Shimano 105 components with Ridley dipping into the Shimano parts bin for wheels as well with the Shimano RS171 wheelset.  

Buy the Scott Contessa Addict 25 Women’s road bike for £2299 direct from Tredz 


Cannondale SystemSix Ultegra Di2 2020 Women's Road Bike

Cannondale SystemSix Ultegra Di2 Womens Bike Specifications

Frame BallisTec Carbon, integrated cable routing 

Fork BallisTec Carbon

Handlebar HollowGram SystemBar KNØT, alloy

Stem HollowGram SystemBar KNØT, alloy

Seatpost HollowGram 60 KNØT Carbon

Saddle Prologo Dimension Space

Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2 hydro disc, 2×11

Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2

Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2

Bottom Bracket Cannondale Alloy PressFit30

Brakes Shimano Ultegra Di2 hydro disc, 160/140mm

Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra Di2 hydro disc

Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 11-30, 11-speed

Chain Shimano HG701, 11-speed

Crankset HollowGram, BB30a w/ OPI SpideRing, 52/36

Rims HollowGram 64 SL KNØT, Carbon

Hubs HollowGram KNØT

Tyres Vittoria Rubino Pro Speed, 700 x 26mm

Weight 8.06kg

The Cannondale SystemSix was a close second with our panel of their dream bike choice.  With a very comparable frame and component set up to the Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro 0 Disc the Cannondale is built for speed.  Weighing only 8.06kg the SystemSix is a featherweight road bike and comes with the digital Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset.  When we asked our panel to describe Di2 the response was simply “it is something that until you have it you would not know how much you need it”.  Great battery life and fantastic software for gearing adjustments.  Cannondale have used their depth of resources to build heir own HollowGram components that are comparable with the best and similar to the approach both Giant and Boardman have taken to providing aero wheels.  If you are looking at the Liv we would advise you also consider the Cannondale.  If you can find one.  Supply at the moment is incredibly scarce.  

Buy the Cannondale SystemSix Ultegra Di2 2020 Womens Bike for £5500 direct from LeisureLake Bikes.

Women's Road Bikes FAQ's

Are women’s bikes just men’s frames with a different paint job?

Big brands like Liv start each bike from scratch.  The design is specifically for women’s physiology to maximise power delivery.  The frame is the main area of consideration engineered to consider positioning of women on a bike.  

Can’t a woman ride a men’s bike?

A number of the women in Trivelo do ride men’s road bikes and love them.  Bike manufacturers are tending to develop more women’s specific bikes rather than unisex based on the anatomical and physiological differences.  

Do women’s bikes always put the rider in a more upright position?

No.  In short.  Frame design on women’s bikes seeks to create the ideal position for road cycling achieving the same posture as a men’s frame design would seek.  

Are women’s-specific bikes less strong than men’s bikes and do they have lower quality components?

Historically there was a limited number of women’s road bikes but that is all changing and there are an increasing number.  As you can see from our short list with full carbon frames, digital groupsets and overall weight of under 8kg they are not lower quality.  

What makes a women’s road bike female specific?

In the way that all bikes are different so are manufacturers approaches to women’s road bike design.  This makes it hard to give a simple answer.  All the women’s road bikes we have selected are designed from the ground up as female specific bikes.  For some this does mean a shorter top tube and taller head tube but it is not universal.  The shorter top tube can be to aid a shorter reach but with many women 5ft 10in and taller this is not necessarily the same for everyone.  Handlebars, saddles and cranks are often not universal with the pure women’s road bikes using female specific components.  

Does a women’s road bike just have a different saddle?

Certainly all the bikes in our line up use female saddles but it would be inaccurate to state this was the only unique difference as we have outlined above.  Women saddles provide more support to the back of their saddle where they can put more weight through the “tail” bone.  

Read Natalies review of her Giant Envie Advanced Pro women’s road bike for more detailed information on female specific road bikes.  

If your still not convinced and want to consider a unisex road bike check out our guide to the best road bikes for under £1500.  

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Billy Ferguson

Having founded Trivelo in 2015 after many years competing in triathlon Billy continues to enjoy training and triathlon. Founder Billy is strongest in the water but continues to try and convince his body that he is an ultra runner.


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