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10 of Our Favourite Road Bikes Under £1000

   Words by Aaron Scott

   on 05/08/2015 14:48:00

10 best road bikes under £1000

With our summer bike sale in full swing, you can now find a road bike with a quality specification for well under the £1000 price point. We’ve rounded up our favourite bikes from £349 to £999 to showcase a range of bikes that now fall within your £1000 budget. From our pick of bikes you can expect lightweight, quality componentry and a quality frame for your money – it’s now possible to get carbon for under a £1000, or at least a good set of carbon forks.

However, just because you’ve got a thousand pounds to spend doesn’t mean you have to spend it all at once. Picking out a bike which is priced a little lower than the £1000 price point and you’ll have a little bit of spare cash to buy some quality pedals or find a nice wheelset, which will give you an extra performance boost.

So, whether you’re looking for your first bike to get you on the road, or planning to upgrade to something with a better specification, take a look at our top ten picks for under £1000.

Marin Argenta A6 - £349.99 (RRP £599.99)

2015 Marin Argenta A6

The Argenta is Marin’s endurance fit geometry bike and its aluminium 6061 frame delivers a comfortable ride over long distances. Thanks to a longer wheelbase and a slightly slacker head tube angle, it’s a very stable ride that would be suitable for all-year-round riding or a fast paced daily commute.

The Argenta is equipped with a Shimano Claris drivetrain and an FSA 50/34T compact chainset to allow you to climb steep inclines with ease and step on the power on the flatter sections. While the combination of Alex double wall rims and Formula hubs allow for effective handling and rolling over British roads.

Weight: 10kg (55.5cm)

Frame: 6061 Aluminum, Double Butted with Endurance Fit Geometry

Fork: Endurance Alloy Road 1 1/8”

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Claris, 2 x 8 speed

Wheelset: Alex AT470 Rims

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An endurance bike for the occasional racer, century rider, and serious weekend warriors. The Marin Argenta A6 road bike functions as a great entry level bike, fast commuter ride, or ideal winter steed.

Specialized Allez - £479.95 (RRP £599.99)

2015 Specialized Allez

The Specialized Allez is a classic of the Specialized range. It’s a bike that is geared for speed, so if you're looking to dip your toe in triathlons and sportives, or perhaps you just want to beat your friends up the big hills then the Specialized Allez will offer a bike that does exactly that – minus, of course, the price tag of a Tour de France carbon machine.

It features a stiff, fast and responsive E5 aluminium frame, which is complimented by a Claris groupset and an AXIS Classic wheelset. It’s finished off with a splattering of Specialized components, powerful Tektro brakes and a Body Geometry Toupe saddle.

Weight: 9.5kg (54cm)

Frame: Specialized E5 Premium Aluminium

Fork: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Claris, 2 x 8 speed

Wheelset: AXIS Classic

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The original road platform, the Allez (a fancy word for saying ‘go’), is still a firm favourite amongst beginners and experienced riders alike, who are after a responsive aluminium ride.

Giant Defy 3 - £519.00 (RRP £649.99)

2015 Giant Defy 3

With an endurance focused geometry, the Giant Defy 3 places you in a comfortable, up-right riding position that remains comfortable for hours. While the seat stays and carbon fork will help reduce vibrations and prevent fatigue.

Equipped to this award winning frame is a selection of quality components, including an 18 Speed Shimano Sora groupset and Giant's own S-R2 wheels. It also features an OverDrive headtube and a PowerCore oversized bottom bracket, which mean the Defy 3 is stiff, efficient and a joy to handle.

Weight: 9.3kg (M)

Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminum

Fork: Advanced-Grade Composite, ALUXX OverDrive Steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora, 2 x 9 speed

Wheelset: Giant S-R2

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This bike glides along and is a pleasure to ride, everything about it is top class and of excellent quality - well worth the money. I love my eye-catching Giant Defy!

Forme Axe Edge Sport 2.0 - £599.99 (RRP £999.99)

2015 Forme Axe Edge Sport

The Forme Axe Edge proves that a performance carbon bike doesn't need to cost over £1000. The carbon frame, which forms the heart of this bike, has been proudly designed in Derbyshire and is brilliantly suited for the challenge of the British roads.

A combination of vibration absorption and power output ensures an exhilarating and comfortable ride. Whilst, it offers Shimano 9 speed Sora components and a finishing kit you’d expect from bigger brands such as Giant or Specialized. So, if you’re looking for a brilliant entry-level racing machine that will take upgrade after upgrade as your riding progresses, then the Axe Edge would be a brilliant choice - plus, at just £599 it performs well beyond its price tag.

Weight: 9.3kg (56cm)

Frame: LDC High Modulus Carbon

Fork: LDC High Modulus Carbon, Carbon Steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora, 2 x 9 speed

Wheelset: KT Hub 32H

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Took a chance on this after my Cannondale was nicked and it's impressed. Its light for £600 and the Sora with the new shifters hasn't missed a beat. For the money you can’t go far wrong.

Cube Peloton Pro - £699.99

2015 Cube Peloton Pro

For those of you after a training bike or something quick to get you to the office every day, then the Peloton Pro won´t let you down. Cube describe the frame geometry as “RFR”, Ready for Race, but in reality the frame puts you in an upright riding position more attuned to a sportive or fitness riding.

The wheelbase on the Peloton Pro is reasonably short and the slackish head angle slows down the handling slightly. Yet, the one big advantage for many riders is the triple chainset, which are a common sight on the continent, but not seen too often on the British roads. The major benefit of a triple is it’ll enable you to fly up even the toughest of climbs with ease, even if you haven’t got legs like Zabel or Contador.

Weight: 9.52kg (56cm)

Frame: Aluminium Superlite, AMF, Double Butted, RFR-Geometry, Internal Cable Routing

Fork: CUBE CSL Race Carbon, Tapered

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora, 3 x 9 speed (triple)

Wheelset: Shimano WH-R501

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Great value and a lovely ride if you value comfort over all-out speed, offers better value than many of its rivals, without any obvious performance handicaps.

Scott Speedster 10 - £799.99 (£998.99)

2015 Scott Speedster 10

The Speedster 10 is the top of the line Speedster model and looks great with its striking red, white and blue paint job, based on the colours of the Scott’s pro road team, IAM Cycling.

However, if we were to nit-pick on one thing it’s the mismatch of the groupset. Despite being teased with Ultegra shifters and an Ultegra rear derailleur, you unfortunately get a smattering of 105 and other non-series bits. However, the riding experience is hard to fault and the geometry is somewhere between a full-on racer and a 'sportive' setup. The bike doesn't offer razor-sharp power transfer or stiffness, but it's not going to hold you back either – it’s a comfortable, fast ride that’s perfect for the Sunday outing.

Weight: 9.32kg (54cm)

Frame: Speedster Aero / 6061 DB Alloy / Road Geometry

Fork: Speedster Carbon-Alloy / 1 1/8" Alloy Steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano 105 / Shimano Ultegra, 2 x 11 speed

Wheelset: Formula Team 20H & 24H

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Some minor spec choices aside, it's hard to fault the Scott. It's a competent, fairly rounded bike that does exactly what you'd expect – no more, and no less.

Giant Defy 0 - £799.00 (£999.99)

2015 Giant Defy 0

Way back when, the Defy frameset launched the concept and gold-standard for relaxed geometry. The 2015 Defy 0 has gone a step further than previous incarnations, by now perfectly balancing this wealth of comfort with a performance edge.

The drivetrain and shifting blend of Shimano Ultegra and 105 delivers perfect shifting and the new 11-32 cassette, gives you a considerably lower bottom gear to push harder on. It’s a bike that you can race on, train on, do sportives, or in fact do any type of road riding you desire – plus, it’ll do it with aplomb.

Weight: 8.84kg (M)

Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum

Fork: Advanced-Grade Composite, ALUXX OverDrive Steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano 105 / Shimano Ultegra, 2 x 11 speed

Wheelset: Giant P-R2, 24 spokes front, 28 rear

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I ordered my Giant Defy 0 on the Saturday with a great discount and it was delivered by the Wednesday. Absolutely brilliant. I’ve already given it a good test in the Cumbrian hills and its been put together spot on. The replacement of the Ultegra levers and rear mech make this bike so much more positive in its gear changes on the hills than my old 5700. This has been a really good purchase for me. I will certainly be going back to Rutland and Giant.

Moda Vivo - £849.99 (£1,499.99)

2015 Moda Vivo

To get a lightweight frame you’ve got to go carbon, right? Wrong. Moda with their alloy-framed Vivo buck this trend, as at seven and a half kilos it rivals many competitor carbon frames on the market.

The Moda's geometry is standard race bike fare, with a shortish wheelbase and a head tube length that will give most riders room for adjustment. The bike responds well to power input without excessive frame flex, while the American Classic wheels supply plenty of zip thanks to their low weight. The big sticking point on this bike used to be the price, it retailed at £1,499.99, but at £849, this bike is a true contender for our best value bike under £1000.

Weight: 7.5kg (52cm)

Frame: LDA Triple Butted Aluminium, Internal Cable Routing & Di2 Ready

Fork: High Modulus Carbon with Carbon Steerer and Drop Outs

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano 105, 2 x 10 speed

Wheelset: American Classic Victory

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The first thing we did after unboxing the Vivo was to hang it off some scales. In a world where a stock race bike can be under six kilos, seven and a half might not seem that impressive, but for an alloy-framed machine with a mid-level groupset, it's none too shabby.

Trek Emonda S4 - £949.99 (£1,199.99)

2015 Trek Emonda S4

The Trek Emonda and specifically the Trek Emonda SLR10 was the lightest production bike in the world when it was launched last year. Their entry level version, the S4, brings the Emonda into a more affordable package, unfortunately it’s not quite as light as the 4.5kg SLR10 though.

However, the Emonda S4 still allows you to dance on the pedals on even the steepest of inclines. Manufactured using Trek's OCLV process, the same technology as the top of the range models, it handles brilliantly. The Shimano Tiagra groupset allows for performance orientated shifting and the Bontrager finishing kit is more than you’d expect on an entry-level race bike. It’s a true climber’s bike, light and stiff, and will accelerate off into the distance in the blink of an eye.

Weight: 8.7kg (56cm)

Frame: Ultralight 300 Series OCLV Carbon

Fork: Fork Émonda carbon, E2

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Tiagra, 2 x 10 speed

Wheelset: Bontrager alloy, tubeless ready

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Riding the Emonda is so effortless it makes tired legs feel instantly rejuvenated. It’s exactly the sort of bike we’d give to a friend who’s new to the sport and say, ‘this is what a bike should handle like.'

Specialized Roubaix SL4 - £999.99 (£1,299.99)

2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4

The Specialized Roubaix has one objective. To keep you going. Everything from the wheels up have been designed to smooth out the ride on a bike that was initially designed for the cobbles on the spring classics.

This all means that road vibrations won’t tire you out and you’ll stay fresher for longer. The Roubaix SL4 is a joy to ride and won't leave you aching when you get off the saddle. Its lightweight and responsive carbon frame maximises your efforts, thanks to the oversized down tube and bottom bracket shell. It would be nice to see a Tiagra groupset on the Roubaix, but at least the 9-speed Shimano Sora provides no fuss shifting to tame tough hill climbs and produce enough power when you put your foot down.

Weight: 9kg (56cm)

Frame: Specialized SL4 FACT 8r carbon, compact race design, Zertz, internal rear brake cable

Fork: Specialized FACT carbon

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora, 2 x 9 speed

Wheelset: AXIS 1.0

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The Specialized Roubaix arguably kicked off the ‘comfortable race bike’ genre. With vibration-damping Zertz inserts, it was designed for cobbled races. Away from racing, it appeals to sportivists and anyone doing long rides at a decent clip.

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