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10 of Our Favourite Road Bikes Under £1000

Words by Aaron Scott

on 17/01/2018 09:37:00

10 best road bikes under £1000

With the new year now in full swing, you can now find a road bike with a quality specification for under the £1000 price point. We’ve rounded up our favourite bikes from up 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.

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Giant Contend SL 2 Disc - £998.99


In need of a road bike for climbs, descents and sprints? Giant's Contend SL 2 Disc 2018 road bike offers you that added control with Hydraulic disc brakes, the ideal cycling companion for any ambitious rider looking to ride further and faster!

Using innovative ALUXX SL aluminium technology, Giant have produced an alloy bike with a high strength-to-weight ratio and smooth welds to give a nice, smooth finish. This road bike is built for versatile all round performance, regardless of weather or road conditions. With Giant Conduct Hydraulic Disc Brakes, you can rest assured that the stopping power will be more than enough when required in all weather conditions. The Overdrive Steerer technology has been designed to provide precise front end steering performance by using oversized headset bearings, this gives the rider much more comfort in the steering getting the bike exactly where they want it. The frame geometry encourages fast acceleration and a smooth comfortable feel on the road. Equipped with a D-Fuse composite seat-post this Contend road bike reduces road noise and dampens out vibrations, making every ride a comfortable one. With a Tiagra drivetrain you have 20 gears of smooth and reliable changing.

Read the Giant Contend SL 1 Disc 2017 Review >

Weight: Not supplied by manufacturer

Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium

Fork: Hybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer, Disc

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Tiagra

Wheelset: Giant SR2 Wheel Set

Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2018 Road Bike: Shop Now >
I love this bike, really comfortable, superb on downhill bends and the disc brakes which are a first for me can take me from the back of the group to the front approaching downhill junctions on a rainy day. My other bikes are a propel and an alluxx defy, its much better than the defy. (Review From Jonathan : 10-12-2017)

Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra 2018 - £999.99


The Cannondale 2018 Synapse Disc Tiagra Endurance Road Bike is the perfect combination of ride quality, handling, relaxed geometry and versatility. With a super lightweight aluminium core the ride is smoother.

View the Cannondale Synapse Range Review >

The 2018 Cannondale Synapse is only available with disc brakes that give you more than enough confidence in the stopping power of the bike. This bike finds the perfect balance between being lightweight, while still providing top sprinter level stiffness. Cannondale has also designed this bike around their SAVE Geometric Technology, which can be found in the overall structure of the frame and forks, specific geometric-designs have been used to enhance rider-comfort, and reduce what can sometimes be the harsh-hardness of the road.

First Look: Cannondale Synapse 2018 >

Weight: Not given by manufacturer

Frame: NEW Synapse Disc Asymmetric, SmartForm C2 Alloy, SAVE, BSA

Fork: NEW Synapse Disc Asymmetric, SAVE, carbon blades, 1-1/8" - 1 1/4" tapered steerer, flat mount, 60mm rake (48, 51), 50mm rake (54-61)

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Tiagra, braze-on

Wheelset: RD 3.0 Disc, 28-hole

Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra 2018 : Shop Now >

Whyte Dorset 2018 Road Bike - £998.99


The Whyte Dorset is a fantastic bike for longer distances, winter training or summer sportives, with a durable 6061 frame the Dorset can be used all year round for years to come.

TRP HyRd Disc brakes give the Devon confident stopping in all weather conditions so there is never any worry should you get caught in the rain. Shimano Sora 2x9 speed drivetrain gives you a wide range of gears, plenty to tackle a short commute, longer distance training or summer sportives. A lightweight, but durable 6061 frame along with RD-7 wheels gives you durability that means you can enjoy this bike for many years to come. With eyelets for Mud Guards at the front and rear of the bike you can keep riding all the way through Winter.

Weight:Not given by manufacturer

Frame: 6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Multi Butted, Internal Cable Routing with BBX and Flat Mount 160 Chainstay Disc Mount

Fork: Whyte, Straight Bladed Carbon Front Fork, Tapered Alloy Steerer with Internal Hose Routing and Flat Mount Dropouts with Eyelets for Mud Guards

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora FD-R3000, 9 Speed

Wheelset: Whyte Disc Road 20mm Deep, 20mm Wide, Offset Rim, 32 Hole Rear and 28 Front, 3M Reflective Decals

Whyte Dorset 2018 Road Bike : Shop Now >

Cube Attain Race Disc 2018 Road Bike - £948.99


Bringing the spirit of racing to your longer rides, the Cube Attain Race Disc 2018 combines an endurance focused frame and geometry with light, race ready components.

Crafted from a lightweight 6061-T6 aluminium, the Attain Race Disc 2018 balances performance, weight, strength, and price to create a great value all round bike that is ready to go the distance or sprint for the finishing line. Shimano's revamped Tiagra 10 speed groupset components offer the silky smooth shifting performance of 105 without the latest 11 speed cassette. Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes offer best in class braking performance for control in all conditions.

Weight: 10.3kg approx.

Frame: Aluminium 6061 T6 Superlight, Double Butted, Smooth Welded, 3D Flat Mount Disc Brake Dropouts, Road Comfort Geometry, Fender Option, 12x142mm

Fork: CUBE CSL Race Disc, One Piece 3D-Forged Steerer/Crown, Carbon Blades, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered, Flat Mount, 100mm

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Tiagra FD-4700, 31.8mm Clamp

Wheelset: CUBE RA 0.8 Aero Disc, 100x12mm / 142x12mm, 6-Bolt

Cube Attain Race Disc 2018 : Shop Now >

Giant AnyRoad 2 2018 Cross and Gravel Bike - £898.99


This 2018 Giant AnyRoad 2 Cross & Gravel Bike opens up a range of possibilities, ride on any road, any where, any time.

Learn More With Our Cyclocross Guide >

Smooth roads, rough roads, rain or shine, the choice is yours. The lightweight, durable ALUXX aluminium frame specialises in comfort, with increased standover clearance, ergonomically shaped handlebars and a taller headtube, all riders will feel confident to ride faster and on more technical terrain. With a wide range of gears every journey is an enjoyable one, making this AnyRoad 2 2018 Bike the perfect companion for exploration and adventure.

Weight: Not given by manufacturer

Frame: Advanced-Grade Composite, Alloy OverDrive Steerer

Fork: CUBE CSL Race Carbon, Tapered

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora

Wheelset: Giant GX28 Disc Wheelset

Giant AnyRoad 2 2018 Cross and Gravel Bike : Shop Now >

Scott 2018 Speedster 20 Aluminium Road Bike - £898.99


This Scott 2018 Speedster 20 Endurance Road Bike is lighter and more efficient than ever before. This means you'll be upping your velocity in no time!

The Scott Speedster 20 has been completely redesigned for 2018. Lighter than it's predecessor, this road bike has an aluminium frame at the core and a speedster carbon fork. This model also features a Shimano Tiagra groupset and Syncros components. This endurance road bike optimizes speed, weight and control bringing agility and confidence to every ride.

Weight: 9.3kg approx.

Frame:Speedster / 6061 D.Butted Alloy, Endurance geometry / Integrated Headtube, int. cable routing

Fork: Speedster Carbon, 1 1/8"-1 1/4" Carbon steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Tiagra FD-4700/ Shimano Tiagra ST-4700, Dual control 20 Speed

Wheelset: Syncros Race 22 24 Front / 28 Rear

Scott 2018 Speedster 20 : Shop Now >

Liv Avail 1 2018 Ladies Road Bike- £748.99

The Liv Avail 1 is a great ride, managing to balance responsiveness with compliance, as well as being predicable and reliable. It’s an excellent bike that delivers great all round performance and value for money. Score = 10 (Review from cycling : 11-01-2017 )


The Liv Avail 1 is Lightweight, strong and faster than ever before, with the avail you can apply performance over a longer road ride and really enjoy yourself while you do it.

Review: Liv Avail SL 1 >

With a lightweight Aluxx frame, the Avail has a high strength-to-weight ratio due to Smooth welding techniques to optimise the strength and weight of the 6061 alloy. The Overdrive Steerer technology has been designed to provide precise front end steering performance by using oversized headset bearings, this gives the rider much more comfort in the steering getting the bike exactly where they want it. Fitted with a Shimano Sora 18 speed groupset you can expect quick shifting as well as providing you with a big enough range to tackle anything you may come across while out on the road. Stopping power is provided by Tektro TK-R312 Giant Specific Caliper brakes, giving you the confidence you need to get the most out of your bike.

Weight:Not given by manufacturer

Frame:E5 Premium Aluminium Frame

Fork:FACT Carbon Fork

Front Derailleur/Shifters:Shimano Claris, braze-on/Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed

Wheelset:Giant SR3 Wheel Set

Liv Avail 1 2018 : Shop Now >

Specialized Diverge E5 2018 Cyclocross Road bike - £798.99


The Diverge gives you the ability to go where you want and enjoy yourself while you do it, whether it be popping down to the shops, joining a local group ride or tackling a tough dirt climb.

This new design frame has tackled one of the most common requests, more tire clearance, the Diverge will fit tires up to 42mm while still having room for mud. Along with this the frame design has been constructed out of Lightweight E5 Premium Aluminium and FACT carbon fork which leaves you with a Lightweight and undeniably durable bike, making the riding much more enjoyable. Also employing a Shimano Claris 2x8 Speed groupset to tackle whatever may come your way on and off road, also Tektro mechanical disc brakes so you can rely on your bike to keep riding smoothly and efficiently, mile after mile.

Specialized Diverge 2018 Range Guide >

Weight:Not given by manufacturer

Frame:ALUXX-Grade Aluminium Frame

Fork:Hybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Shimano Sora

Wheelset:Axis Sport Disc

The Diverge doesn't fit neatly into one box. First and foremost it's fun and always down for a good time. Of course, all of the aforementioned features make it pretty damn versatile, whether you're out for a fast ride with the gang or solo epic on the dirt with fully loaded frame bags.(Quote taken from )

Specialized Diverge E5 2018 : Shop Now >

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Xenon 2018 Road Bike - £999.99


The Bianchi Via Nirone has been built for comfort, relaxed geometry and vibration absorbing carbon forks only add to the enjoyment. Enjoy the inimitable style and ride quality of a Bianchi road bike without paying a fortune. The Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Sora sportive road bike is built for comfort, with a relaxed endurance-geometry aluminium frame and a vibration absorbing carbon-kevlar fork.

The Via Nirone 7 Xenon is equipped with a 2x10 speed Campagnolo Xenon drivetrain, giving you 20 gear ratios to choose from as you pedal through the miles. On top of this you get Reparto Corse RC-476 Caliper brakes providing you with sufficient stopping power to allow you to feel in complete control of your bike.

Weight:Not given by manufacturer

Frame:Via Nirone 7 alu, hydroforming tubing, internal cable routing, seatpost diam 31.6mm

Fork: Bianchi Alu/Carbon w/Kevlar, 1.1/8"

Front Derailleur/Shifters: Campagnolo Veloce, clip-on front der. diam 35 mm/Campagnolo Xenon QS 2x10sp Ergopower

Wheelset:Reparto Corse AT470 700C 622x17

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Xenon 2018 Road Bike : Shop Now >

Trek Emonda ALR 4 2018 - £999.99


Trek Emonda 2018 Range Review >

The 2018 Trek Emonda ALR 4 redefines the boundaries of weight and performance, setting a new bar for the competition, with this bike you will be sure to be the fastest thanks to the bike being part of the worlds lightest road line. The frame is constructed from an Ultralight 300 series Alpha Aluminium which is super light-weight, as well as stiff. The frame also features internal cable routing for streamlined aerodynamics and invisible weld Technology for seamless looks and lighter weight. The fork of the bike is also constructed completely from carbon and adds to the superb handling of this bike, as well as the speed.

wow really like my bike. got it 2 weeks and already did 200 km with it . feels great and has improved my average speed by 3 kmh. its light and works great , reallly happy with my purchase. thanks trek. 5/5 (Review by 'jf' )

The Shimano Tiagra drivetrain provides 20 speeds with a compact front derailleur and the smooth shifting capabilities. An 11-28 Tiagra cassette ensures that the climbs will be as easy as possible, whilst being able to achieve great speeds on descents and flats. Tubeless ready wheels come mounted with Bontrager R1 hard-case lite tyres for the maximum speed when rolling, as well as offering agile handling and control.

Weight:Not given by manufacturer

Frame:Ultralight 300 Series Alpha Aluminium, Invisible Weld Technology, E2 tapered head tube, DuoTrap S compatible, BB86.5

Fork: Émonda carbon, carbon E2 steerer

Front Derailleur/Shifters:Shimano Tiagra, braze-on

Wheelset:Bontrager Tubeless Ready

Trek Emonda ALR 4 2018 Road Bike : Shop Now >>

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