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 2020

  1. Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro 0 Disc 2020 Womens Carbon Road Bike – TRIVELO BEST BUY AWARD
  2. Boardman SLR 9.2 Womens
  3. Fuji Supreme 2.5
  4. Ridley Liz SLA Disc 105 Mix Road Bike (2020)
  5. Cannondale Systemsix Ultegra Di2 2020 Women’s Road Bike

5/5

Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro 0 Disc

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Liv Enviliv Advanced Pro 0 Disc 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 0 Disc 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 0 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 0 Disc for £5748.99 from Rutland Cycles.  

4/5

Boardman SLR 9.2 Womens

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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 (the Boardman SLR 9.2 is currently out of stock with all suppliers – noted August 2020)

4/5

Fuji Supreme 2.5

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Fuji Supreme 2.5 Womens Bike Specifications

Frame C10 high-modulus Carbon

Fork FC-440 Carbon monocoque

Handlebar Oval Concepts 310 Ergo, 6061 Alloy

Stem Oval Concepts 313, 3D-forged 6061

Seatpost Oval Concepts aero Carbon

Saddle Oval Concepts 551W Women’s with pressure relief zone

Shifters Shimano 105 Dual Control , 11-speed

Front Derailleur Shimano 105

Rear Derailleur Shimano 105

Bottom Bracket Sealed

Brakes TRP Spyre, 160/160 rotors

Brake Levers Shimano 105

Cassette Shimano 105, 11-30T

Chain KMC X11 with MissingLink

Crankset Oval Concepts 300, forged 6066 arms, Praxis rings, 52/36T

Rims Oval Concepts 324 Disc

Hubs Oval Concepts 324 Disc

Tyres Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700 x 25c

Weight 10.5kg

The Fuji Supreme 2.5 is the entry level bike from Fuji in their all new range of female specific bikes.  This bike was popular as a real world priced bike and viable alternative to the Liv range of womens road bikes that have been dominating the market.  

The Fuji Supreme 2.5 includes a full carbon frame that features aero styling keeping weight down but still creeps over the 10kg threshold.  Heavy against others in this line up but respectable for a road bike.  Groupset wise uses the reliable Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain that few can grumble with and a perfect platform for any upgrades within the Shimano stable.  

Finishing with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes gives a solid set of anchors with the disc brakes good for all weathers.  The wheelset wouldn’t be our choice but leaves it open for an early upgrade.  

Buy the Fuji Supreme 2.5 for £1995 direct from Wiggle 

3.5/5

Ridley Liz SLA Disc 105 Mix Road Bike (2020)

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Ridley Liz SLA Disc 105 Mix 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 2020 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 Ridley Liz SLA Disc 105 Mix Women’s road bike for £1614 direct from Wiggle 

4.5/5

Cannondale SystemSix Ultegra Di2 2020 Women's Road Bike

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Cannondale SystemSix Ultegra Di2 2020 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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