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Best road bikes under £1000 2024 — start riding on the road and cycling to work for less

Here are some of the best road bikes you can still pick up for under that magic £1,000 price point, so you can get out without breaking the bank

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Got around a grand to spend on a road bike, but not sure what to look for? You're in luck, because we've done the hard work for you and tested loads of the best road bikes under £1,000 over the years to give you a selection of our favourites all in one place.

Despite the events of recent years including pandemic-related supply chain issues, inflation and turmoil in the bike industry, there is still a pretty healthy variety of road bikes to choose from around and up to £1,000. It's very difficult to find brand new road bikes carbon fibre frames at this price point any more unless you buy second hand or bag a huge end-of-season discount, but you will still find entry-level race bikes, touring-style bikes and budget gravel-style bikes that take bigger tyres, made with materials that can be produced for cheaper such as aluminium and steel. 

You can narrow your options by coming up with a list of features you want from your new road bike. Do you want to fit mudguards? Look for bikes with extra clearance that will accommodate your tyres and mudguards, and preferably come with eyelets for full-length guards. Do you want extra stopping power? Go for a bike with disc brakes rather than rim brakes. Prefer a lighter bike? At this price point, a racing-style road bike with increasingly rare rim brakes might be a good idea to save some weight, because sub-£1k bike frames will be heavier than more expensive ones. 

While a grand is still a lot of money to spend on anything, a bike towards the top end of this price bracket will likely provide you with many thousands of miles of cycling joy. There is very little in the road bike market you can get for £500 or under nowadays, so we'd recommend spending around £1,000 (ideally more, but we would say that) to get the best bike for your buck. Many employers also now offer cycle to work schemes, where you take a salary sacrifice to pay for your new bike in instalments and get it (technically on loan) at a discounted rate.

How we review road bikes 

When it comes to bike reviews, we don't do things by halves at and ensure our reviewers have access to their test bike for at least a month - ideally longer - to come up with their final verdicts. 

Most importantly we'll assess how a bike rides in our usual riding environments, and compare the bike to similar products on the market when generating a value score. Other parts of the bike test report include ratings for comfort, handling, stiffness, components and finishing kit. 

Why you can trust us

We only ever recommend bikes that fared well in reviews in our buyer's guides, so you're not just seeing a list we've plucked from thin air. We might recommend a different specification to the precise model we reviewed to fit into the sub-£1k price bracket, but where this is necessary we'll only do so if we're familiar with the alternative parts used: for example, we might recommend the sub-£1000 version of a bike we've reviewed that has the same frame and fork, but a more entry-level groupset. 

You might also have noticed that one or two of our selections don't have a sub-£1,000 recommended retail price, but we've included some bikes that were under £1,000 when we reviewed them or can be found for under £1,000 with discounts at some retailers. Pickings are slimmer at this price point nowadays, so we want to recommend you the most bike for your money!

If you still want a bit more info before browsing our choices and picking your new road bike, head on down to our Q+A section where we answer some FAQs about road bikes under £1,000. Without further ado... 

The best road bikes under £1,000

Triban RC 520 Disc Road Bike

Triban RC 520 Disc Road Bike

Best road bike under £1,000 overall
Buy now for £799.99 from Decathlon
Awesome value
Competent and easy handling
Relaxed geometry won't be to all tastes
Not hugely responsive

Its friendliness, versatility and high-quality spec make the Triban RC520 our overall best road bike under £1,000. The only thing it won't readily turn its hand to is road racing because of the relaxed geometry and 10.4kg weight. 

Built around Decathlon's comfort-orientated 6061 aluminium frame, the RC 520 gives you most of a Shimano 105 R7000 11-speed groupset (with a Prowheel crank and bottom bracket) and TRP HY/RD disc brake calipers, the latter being a more powerful hybrid version of a mechanical disc brake but not quite full hydraulic. The Triban RC 520 also has tubeless-ready wheels and Decathlon's own Resist+ 28mm tyres. It's a super-steady, confident ride and excellent value for money.

Our reviewer noted that the super-tall head tube and compact top tube mean the bike sits you quite upright, so the geometry is definitely on the more relaxed side and not ideal for those looking to get into serious racing. For the rest of us though, the Triban RC 520 is still our pick of the sub-£1k bunch for its unbeatable value and familiar, easy ride that will appeal to commuters and weekend warriors alike. 

Read our review:
Boardman SLR 8.6 Best on a tight budget

Boardman SLR 8.6

Best on a tight budget
Buy now for £650 from Halfords
Excellent frame
Good ride quality
Wide-range gearing
Mudguard and rack fittings
Good weight for the price
Balance of comfort and speed
Basic brakes
Tight-fitting tyres

Sitting very comfortably under that £1,000 mark, the Boardman SLR 8.6 is one of the best entry-level bikes around.

It's light for the price at around about 10kg, it has plenty of gearing range to get you up hills and the ride is lively and comfortable. You also get well considered components and finishing kit, with mudguard and rear rack fittings to add some real-world practicality.

The tyre clearance isn't the greatest, with 28mm tyres just about fitting in there, and the braking from the basic Shimano rim brakes isn't the finest around; but it doesn't mean we don't recommend this entry-level road bike very highly, especially considering the very reasonable asking price. 

Read our review:
Specialized Allez Sport 2023

Specialized Allez Disc

Best road bike under £1,000 for budding racers
Buy now for £899 from Sigma Sports
Geometry is well balanced
Decent spec for the money
Impressive comfort
Tyres are quite 'dead' feeling

The Specialized Allez is a bona fide classic, and the entry-level model now just about sneaks into this guide as it's priced at £1,000 on the nose. 

We reviewed the Sport version last year (pictured) with 10-speed Shimano Tiagra shifting, which has the same frame and fork as the entry-level model with 8-speed Shimano Claris gears. Our reviewer praised the balanced geometry and impressive comfort considering the Allez is on the sportier end of entry-level road bikes. It also has mudguard and rack mounts, making it suitable for your commute. 

Whether you want to eat up some serious miles or enter your local crit race, the Allez is still one of our top road bike recommendations at £1000 or less. It's no slouch, has a sturdy alloy frame and the bike drops under 10kg off the peg, so the frameset is ripe for upgrading into a more lightweight alloy road bike. 

Read our review of the Specialized Allez Sport:
Merida Scultura 200

Merida Scultura 200

Best endurance road bike under £1,000
Buy now for £899 from Cyclestore
Excellent ride quality from the frame
Easy-to-live-with handling
Average brakes, limited tyre clearance, feels weighty

This is the most affordable disc brake-equipped Scultura on offer from Merida, and our reviewer praised the excellent alloy frame with a comfortable, all-day ride quality. Admittedly it is over £1,000 at the retail asking price nowadays, but we've included it because you still can get it for less with various retailers. 

With Shimano Sora 9-speed shifting, you get a good spread of gears to help you on hills and the mechanical disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power while being easy to adjust. The Scultura Disc 200 frame has a very enjoyable ride feel with no harshness or irritating amounts of road buzz coming through to your contact points, according to our reviewer. It's fitted with 25mm tyres, but there is clearance for 28mm tyres if you want to make the ride even more comfortable. 

While we'd recommend a wheel and brake upgrade when you've got to grips with it, the Scultura Disc 200 is a great entry into road riding. 

Read our review:
Giant Contend AR 4

Giant Contend AR 3

Best for fitting bigger tyres
Buy now for £899 from Tredz
All-day geometry
Clean cable integration
Tubeless wheels and tyres
Basic spec

The Contend is Giant's all-round road bike option, in between the endurance-focussed Defy and the racier TCR. While our most recent review was of a higher-specced Contend, we've recommended this version as the geometry is very similar, and a lot of the tech remains such as tubeless-ready wheels and tyres out of the box and Giant's D-Fuse seatpost and handlebar system to tame lumps and bumps on the road. 

As we (and Giant) have said already, this bike is all about all-round comfort, which means you get super plush 32mm tyres and Giant's bump-taming tech at the seatpost and handlebar. You can see the D-shape at the seatpost, and the idea is to dampen vibration which should result in a smooth, compliant ride. 

Add in mechanical disc brakes and 8-speed Shimano Claris shifting, and you have a very capable bike for the money indeed. It can even take up to 38mm tyres if you want to venture slightly off-road. 

Read our review of the Giant Contend SL 1 Disc: 
Triban RC520 Women’s Disc Road Bike

Triban RC520 Women’s Disc Road Bike

Best women's road bike under £1,000
Buy now for £749.99 from Decathlon
Outstanding value for money
Needs a little patience if fitting guards

For our best women's road bike under £1,000, it's difficult not to again recommend the Triban RC520. 

Our reviewer was pleasantly surprised by the RC520, despite it being a couple of kilos heavier than her race bikes. There is plenty of low gearing to help on hills, and the bike rolls along flats and down hills very nicely indeed.  She writes: "When I got it out on the road, though, I was genuinely surprised. It rolls along really well once up to speed, and getting it there isn't as arduous as you might expect, with gearing to help on the hills. Finishing kit is pretty much the same as the men's version, with Shimano 105 mechanical shifters and 28mm tyres. 

Overall, this bike is incredibly versatile, offers a comfortable ride on our increasingly rough roads and is quite simply serious value for money. If you're looking for a bike that can handle the daily commute as well as take on some gravel trails and a bit of touring, the Triban will be right up your street; just be aware that it's not really a racing machine.

Read our review:

The best of the rest: more of our top sub-£1000 road bike recommendations

Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora

Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora

Buy now for £799 from Tredz
Great mix of stiffness and comfort, decent package for the money
Heavy wheels
Brakes not the best

While the bike and spec has remained the same, Cannondale's branding has had a bit of a makeover since we reviewed the Synapse Disc Sora a few years back, and we think it looks better than ever with classy, understated looks. What's more, it would make a very dependable first road bike for any cyclist getting into the sport, or an experienced one looking for something dependable for year-round riding and commuting. 

Our reviewer reckons Cannondale has nailed it on comfort here, with the oversized tubes dampening most vibrations. Tyre clearance is generous and 28mm tyres come attached to the bike, and shifting is taken care of by 9-speed Shimano Sora. 

As is the case with a lot of bikes at this price point, the mechanical brakes aren't as powerful as hydraulic ones you'd get if you spent a bit more than a grand, and it's not super light; although as our reviewer noted the wheels this entry-level Synapse comes with are heavy, so you could upgrade them later and drop a bit of heft from the overall package. 

Go for the Synapse if you want something plenty stiff enough and comfortable for not a huge amount of money. 

Read our review:
Cube Attain

Cube Attain

Buy now for £889.99 from Winstanleys Bikes
Great ride quality
Full Shimano Claris groupset
Neutral handling is perfect for beginners
Wide ranging cassette gives some big jumps between gears

Based around a comfortable aluminium alloy frame and carbon fork, the Cube Attain is an enjoyable bike to ride at speed or just cruising along, making it ideal for those just beginning their adventures in the world of road cycling. A competitive weight and impressive finishing kit go some way towards justifying the price tag, but there are cheaper options out there.

Our reviewer said the alloy frame is very comfortable to ride, with very little harshness or road buzz resonating through your hands like aluminium frames of yesteryear. Long rides shouldn't lead to discomfort or fatigue, and the finishing kit is more than passable at this price point. 

You can get this bike with 9-speed Shimano Sora shifting or even 10-speed Shimano Tiagra for around £1,000 if you shop around, which we'd recommend if you can stretch your budget further. 

Read our review:
Liv Avail AR 4

Liv Avail AR 4

Buy now for £874 from Tredz
All the mounts
Tubeless-ready wheels
Good tyre clearance
Frustrating 8-speed Claris
Not blue like the AR 3...

The Liv Avail AR 4 is a good all-rounder that is very versatile, comfortable and affordable, and the frame is eminently upgradable.

It's not the most exciting ride according to our reviewer, but that's a good thing because it never takes you by surprise, instead providing a dependable ride that those getting into road riding will appreciate. The 10.77kg weight in a size small means the AR 4 isn't the nippiest bike ever, but nor is it slow and ponderous. The aluminium frame and 32mm tyres make it comfortable and pacey enough on the road, yet lends itself well to off-road adventures. 

Read our review:
Genesis CDA 30 2021

Genesis CDA 30

Buy now for £949 from Biketart
Loads of mounting points for accessories
Good tyre clearance
Low gear ratios
Braking is poor

Ok, so the CDA from British brand Genesis is technically a gravel bike... but it will serve you very well on the road or off it as a commuter and is very much a 'do-everything' bike, so if you want something super versatile for around £1,000 it's well worth your consideration. 

Inspired by the steel-framed Genesis Croix de Fer, our reviewer thought this bike rode like a steel frame too with a lively, fun ride quality, even the though the main frame triangle is alloy (you do get the same steel fork as the Croix de Fer, though). You get 10-speed Shimano GRX shifting with a wide-ranging cassette to tackle gradients, and while the mechanical disc brakes aren't super powerful they're acceptable at this price point. 

At 11.6kg this is not a bike for the mountains and will feel a bit slouchy compared to the sportier bikes in this list; but if you want to cruise along, stick mudguards and mount stuff to it for commutes and/or adventures on tarmac and beyond then the CDA 30 is a very sensible choice. You can still find it for under £1,000 at some retailers, but the RRP is now £1,099. 

Read our review:
Boardman SLR 8.8

Boardman SLR 8.8

Buy now for £700 from Halfords
Great value for money
Decent spec list
Easy-to-control handling
A bit weighty

If the Triban takes our best value award overall, then the Boardman SLR 8.8 is a close runner-up. 10-speed Shimano Tiagra components and disc brakes are very welcome at this price point, and the ride from the 6061 aluminium frame and carbon fork ain't bad either. 

With things like triple butting and slender tube profiles where it matters, the SLR 8.8 gives a great ride feel. It's firm, and as stiff as it needs to be, while taking the edge off the high-frequency buzz coming up from the surface of the road. It makes the Boardman feel like a much more expensive bike when you're riding it.

Like many entry-level road bikes the SLR 8.8 a little weighty at 10.4kg for a medium on our scales, but the great spec and ride feel more makes up for this when you're paying well under a grand.  

Read our review:
Trek Domane AL 2

Trek Domane AL 2

Buy now for £697.49 from Sigma Sports
Carbon fork with Trek's IsoSpeed tech
Balanced endurance geometry

This entry-level version of the Domane is a direct descendant of the carbon version used by WorldTour pros. Of course you're getting much less top-end tech, the frame is aluminium rather than carbon and it's keeping it old-school with the rim brakes here, but the geometry and some of the tech trickles down such as Trek's IsoSpeed carbon fork that is said to dampen vibrations. 

A quintessential all-rounder, the Domane now has plenty of tyre clearance (up to 28mm on the rim brake model) so you can use it on dirt roads and crumbling back lanes, and you're getting a very good frame for the money that will outlive the components it comes with, so you can upgrade later. 

Read our review of the carbon-framed Domane SL Disc:

Best road bikes under £1000: how to choose and what you need to know

What frame, components and equipment will I get on road bikes under £1,000?

On road bikes under £1,000, the frame will almost always be aluminium. There's nothing wrong with alloy nowadays, and the reason it's the budget frame material of choice is because it's cheaper to mass-produce. The casual cyclist won't notice the difference, but more experienced riders might perceive aluminium to feel a little harsher; but modern alloy frames always ride pretty well if they're put together well. 

Most of the best road bikes under £1,000 use groupsets — the collective term for a bike's gears, brakes and controls — mainly or entirely based on components from Japanese company Shimano, and sometimes other brands such as Tektro or Microshift. Most feature either Claris (8-speed), Sora (9-speed) or occasionally 10-speed Tiagra parts, which means you will get at least an 8-speed cassette, usually with two chainrings at the front. So you have 16 shift options in total on an 8-speed bike with a double chainset, if you catch our drift. 

You'll usually get a compact (50/34) double ring chainset paired with a wide-ranging cassette at the back, which is appropriate for beginners who will likely need lower gears to get up hills. 

You should also expect to see a smattering of parts from Italian/Taiwanese component maker FSA or another brand that isn't Shimano on your sub-£1k road bike. Instead of speccing their bikes entirely from Shimano parts, many bike manufacturers will look to save a bit of money by fitting a cheaper crankset from a different brand. That isn't necessarily a negative, as brands like FSA have a very good reputation for quality and performance.

Disc brakes are now very common in this price range. They provide better stopping in the wet, and make it much easier for a frame to accommodate tyres fatter than 25mm. They also mean the braking is unaffected by the rim being a bit out of true, and you never need worry about your rims wearing out. Those disc brakes will pretty much always be mechanical, though, as hydraulic disc brakes usually appear on more expensive road bikes. There are still some road bikes available with rim brakes, although most new ones do now come with disc brakes. 

You can also expect to see some own brand wheels and other bits of finishing kit like the saddle in this price range. Again that isn't necessarily a negative. Bike manufacturers fit own brand components to their bikes right the way through their price ranges and they're often just as good as name-brand parts from third-party manufacturers.

If you value comfort, then look for a bike with at least 28mm tyres, or even bigger, rather than 25mm, as they offer a bit more cushioning and are no slower than narrower tyres anyway.

Can I get a carbon fibre road bike for under £1,000?

Unfortunately - and especially after the pandemic and rampant inflation - it's no longer possible to get a brand-spanking new road bike with a carbon frame from a UK/European retailer for under £1,000. Carbon costs more than aluminium, so to sell a carbon fibre bike under £1,000 it would have to use a lower-grade component set, and the bike would almost certainly have to be a vendor's own brand. Up until around 2020 there were still a couple of bikes from Boardman and Ribble that fit the bill, but those models are now over £1,150.

In theory a company like Halfords could hang a Shimano Sora groupset on a carbon fibre frame and sell it for just under £1,000 (the 2019 Carrera Virago was exactly that, in fact, but it's no longer available) but otherwise, you'll have to buy second-hand if you want carbon for under a grand. As the bike industry experienced historically low sales in 2023, culminating in the demise (and rebirth) of Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles, we did spot some very big discounts at the end of the year, with the odd carbon-framed road bike priced at under £1,000. But at RRP, it's not really a thing nowadays. 

If you're just getting into road cycling and have a sub-£1k budget then we'd strongly suggest sticking with something new(ish) and alloy, because there's nothing wrong with these bikes; but if you insist and want to buy a used bike, make sure you're clued up and check out our guide to buying a second hand bike first. 

If I have exactly £1,000 to spend, how much of it should I spend on the bike?

Just because you've got a thousand pounds to spend that doesn't mean you have to spend it all on the bike. For a bit less you can still get one of the best road bikes under £1,000 but have some cash left for some choice upgrades or some extra kit. It's all about finding the right bike for your riding needs and your riding budget.

If in a hypothetical scenario where you had exactly £1,000 to spend, you probably want to hold back at least £200 of that for cycling kit like bib shorts, a jersey and cycling shoes, plus tools and accessories such as a pump and bike lights. A helmet might be a good idea, and it's also said that you should spend up to 10% of the cost of your bike on a bike lock, so be sure to budget for one of those unless you're leaving your pride and joy in a very secure place overnight. 

As we mentioned in the intro, if you use a cycle to work scheme you'll save at least 25% on the bike and you can also add kit and accessories onto the bill, so those things could pay for themselves anyway. 

Tell me more about the frames on road bikes under £1,000?

As this round-up shows, virtually all bikes at this price feature aluminium frames. The latest generation of aluminium bikes offer a fantastic combination of performance and value. It's a cliché because it's true that when it comes to bangs per buck performance you can't beat an aluminium bike. It's a very good material for bike frames, both light and stiff, two very desirable features in a bike frame. Modern aluminium frames are also comfortable too — gone are the days when you would expect a harsh ride from an aluminium bike.

Look for a frame with double, or triple, butted tubes, as these are lighter and offer slightly better ride performance than non-butted plain gauge tubes. Most bikes here feature weight saving and vibration-reducing carbon fibre forks.

Another point to consider is if you want to fit mudguards to your bike. Some bikes here will feature concealed mudguard eyelets so you can easily add mudguards, which can be invaluable for winter riding and daily commuting.

Buying your first road bike?

Hopefully after reaching the end of this guide, you're definitely sold on buying your first road bike! If you still need more convincing and/or more advice, luckily we have a handy extra in-depth guide packed with useful advice to steer you towards choosing the right bike for you, with information on frame materials, components, wheels, groupsets, sizing and fit. Read it here, then go out and enjoy your new bike... 

> How to buy your first road bike — everything you need to know

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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froze | 2 months ago

This was a very good listing of bikes for under 1,000.

Few of the faults mentioned, like the tires having a dead feel, mean nothing because tires will eventually wear out and you can buy better ones.  Or the weight isn't suited for mountains, what a load of nonsense, the heaviest bike listed was only 11.6 kg, or 25 1/2 pounds, I rode a 35-pound mountain bike up a Southern California mountain roads, and then when I got to where I needed to go rode it up steep dirt trails; Even my first road bike I bought new in 1977 weighed 24 pounds, and that was considered light in those days for a non-professional bike, and rode that bike all over S California mountain roads.  A professional bike back in those days weighed 19 to 22 pounds, so my road bike was pretty light in its day.  Add on top of that weight we rode mountains with, we only had 10-speed bikes, not the 22 we have today!  Said all of that to say this, those bikes will climb mountain roads just fine, remember this, it's not about the bike.  If you're not a strong enough rider to take a 25 or so pound bike up a mountain road, then you're not going to be able to do it on a 14-pound super bike either, it's about the engine.

So choose a bike you like from any of those mentioned (or maybe something not mentioned), choose it for money, choose it for looks, choose it for fit, whatever, but don't worry about some writer saying it's not for mountains.  These writers probably race at least semi-professionally, or they are retired pros, but they do A LOT of riding, and they've racing and training on 15 or so pound bikes for the last 15-plus years, so they are a bit spoiled when it comes to bikes, and thus they taint their reviews with that prejudiced towards bikes that are not up to their standards.

Rendel Harris replied to froze | 2 months ago

those bikes will climb mountain roads just fine, remember this, it's not about the bike

Yes...and no. Of course no bike can turn a bad climber into a good one and a heavier bike will climb just fine, but as you mention, the heaviest bike here is 11.6 kg, or 4.8 kg over the UCI weight limit, so a 70kg rider has a choice between carrying 76.8 kg or 81.6kg up a climb, a difference of 6%, so the lighter bike can make the climb 6% easier or 6% faster, according to taste (6% easier for me please, every time). It's not a deal breaker but it is nonetheless a distinct advantage.

Simon E replied to Rendel Harris | 2 months ago

the heaviest bike here is 11.6 kg, or 4.8 kg over the UCI weight limit, so a 70kg rider has a choice between carrying 76.8 kg or 81.6kg up a climb, a difference of 6%, so the lighter bike can make the climb 6% easier or 6% faster, according to taste

Physics doesn't work like that. 'Faster for the same effort' might be a better term. 1kg of extra weight will add roughly 2 seconds per 100 metres of ascent. A 5 kg lighter bike may get you up a 500m climb 50 seconds quicker. Is that 6% faster? I doubt it.

And unless you're competitive at hill climbs or hilly road races is it worth the £thousands you'd have to spend to get a bike that weighs anywhere near 6.8 kg?

These are £900 - £1,000 bikes, most are around 10 kg. Naturally no-one wants a millstone but asking for sub-8 kg bikes at this price point is utter fantasy, and the UCI weight limit is irrelevant.

Most people who want to ride uphill faster / easier would benefit far more from focussing more on their bodyweight and fitness instead of grammes shaved or saving 2 watts with an integrated handlebar & stem "because the pros use them". A snug-fitting jersey or jacket and a bikefit would be next.

Clicking the Sigma Sports link for the Trek Domane, it's a rim brake model and weighs 9.57 kg with 28mm Bontrager Hard-Case Lite tyres (360g each) and currently listed at £697. If it's anything like my 2016 Lexa, which rides very well for a cheap alloy model (7 years ago the RRP was £600), then that's a bargain.  smiley

The Domane AL 2 disc is 10.55 kg and £739.

Rendel Harris replied to Simon E | 2 months ago
Simon E wrote:

Physics doesn't work like that

Well it pretty much does, a 70kg rider on an 11.6kg bike will need to put out 384W to climb a 10% gradient at 15km/h, to do it at the same speed on a 6.8kg bike they will need 362W, which is 6% less power so 6% easier. Whether it's worth the money required or not is, of course, an entirely different question.

kevgravelkev replied to froze | 2 months ago

Absolutely bang on. Just turn up to any Audax event and have a close look at the bikes that are ridden very large distances over very hilly terrain. Lots of steel bikes with full mudguards, (heavy) Brooks saddles, saddle bags etc etc. There will be very few of these bikes coming in at under 10-11kg. These bikes (and their riders) climb hills just fine.

TheBillder | 2 months ago

In that £1000 exactly scenario, beginners should probably be made aware that pedals will be extra.