Top 5 Women's Road Bikes 2020

Words by Harry Archer

on 24/10/2019 11:25:00


Women's bikes (sometimes described as �Women-Specific Design or �WSD�) are specifically designed to better fit a woman's frame and body shape. The frame geometry is altered in ways such as shortening the reach to the handlebars and providing a smaller wheelbase. Female-specific geometry bikes also come with specially designed 'contact points' (e.g., saddle, handlebars), to make them more comfortable for women to ride.

Of course, everyone has different heights and body shapes, and women can ride any bike that they find works for them best. An example of this can be found in some of the taller female road cyclists who may find a larger men's frame to be a better fit. In the end it's all down to personal choice and fit - so do spend time trying out a few different bikes until you are happy you've got just the right bike for you or get a professional bike fit post-purchase.

For 2020 big brands such as Specialized have made the move to unisex sizing, designing bikes for people rather than genders. What this means is bikes are in proportion - smaller bikes for shorter people and larger bikes for those who are taller, regardless of sex. This is not the case for all brands of course, with womens specific bike pioneers Liv being a purely women's specific company, as well as many other brands keeping WSD models in their lineup.

Read on below to see our top 5 women's road bikes


Liv Avail AR 3 2020

Stable and comfortable on both tarmac and rougher roads, the Avail AR opens up a new world of exploring on two wheels. Whether it's little city streets or gravel tracks, Avail AR is a smooth, lively and confidence inspiring ride. Ideal for commuters and those looking to take the road less travelled, powerful disc brakes and comfortable geometry make all day rides a breeze whatever the weather.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro MD-C550

Liv Avail Advanced 3 2020

Lightweight and nimble on the climbs and superbly confident on the descents with disc brakes, giving unrivalled stopping power whatever the weather, whatever the conditions, so nothing will stop you getting out and having fun on the road. The Avail Adv 3 gives top road performance at a great pricepoint, with comfortable geometry that allows you to eat up the miles.

  • Frame - Advanced-Grade Composite
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra
  • Brakes - Shimano Tiagra

Cube Axial WS Race 2020

Cube Axial WS Race is a lightweight aluminium road bike with both comfort and speed in mind, blending both into a great package to make it a formidable kilometre-crushing partner for the long run. The Shimano 105 drivetrain gives 11spd performance at an entry level price, allowing you to mix and match with Shimano's higher end drivetrains such as Ultegra and Dura ace in the future.

  • Frame - Aluminium 6061 T6 Superlite
  • Fork - CUBE CSL Race Disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 11 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano 105 hydraulic disc

Scott Contessa Speedster Gravel 15 2020

Gravel is one of the fastest rising genres of cycling, blending road speed with hybrid versatility. Ever been riding on the road and thought "I wonder what's down that bridleway?" - well gravel cycling could be the next big thing for you! Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, point your front wheel in one direction and don't look back. Leave your front door and head wherever you wish!

  • Frame - Speedster Gravel Disc Alloy Frame
  • Fork - Speedster Gravel Carbon Disc
  • Drivetrain - Shimano GRX RD-RX810
  • Brakes - Shimano BR-RX400 Hydraulic Disc

Specialized Roubaix Sport 2020

Specialized recently adopted their Beyond Gender sizing, making bikes for people rather than genders. This means that their models are unisex, with wide size ranges and size-specific components to give you the best fit whatever height you are. Taking its namesake from one of the most testing races on the cycling calender, the Roubaix was designed to fast, comfortable riding. With the Future Shock 1.5 suspension element up front, the Roubaix is ideal for those after a bike to tackle our less than perfect British roads!

  • Frame - FACT 10R, Rider First Engineered�
  • Fork - Future Shock 1.5 w/ Smooth Boot
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 R7000 GS
  • Brakes - Shimano 105, Hydraulic Disc

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