You can find some great quality bikes for under £1000. You don’t have to spend all of this on the bike, it may be better to buy a bike slightly cheaper and spend what’s left on some kit upgrades; it all depends on what’s best for you and your budget. Here are 3 of the best road bikes for under £1000.
Specialized Allez Sport — £750 (on offer for £600)
The Allez Sport certainly has race bred pedigree, with its similar ride and handling to that of a race bike, though it can easily be adjusted to be fit for a first time rider as well. With its EliteSet stem the bike offers a range of cockpit positions; from high performance racing and riding, to comfortable cruising.
It features a smartly finished aluminium frame, double bitted tubes to save weight, and is finished with smooth welds and a carbon fibre fork on the Allez Sport. Traditionally the Allez is a bike that acts as a benchmark for bikes under £1000.
The ride and handling of this bike can compete with those that cost multiple times as much, making it a great bike for those riders looking to improve their skill and involvement in road cycling.
Simply this bike is a solid basic foundation for someone to head into the sport with.
GT Grade Alloy 105 – £849 (was £999)
The Grade Alloy makes for a superb commuter bike and a potential tourer, but can also withstand far rougher terrain for those of you looking to go off road every now and again.
With a swept out handlebar keeping you in control on rougher terrain and impressive brakes allowing you to stop in an instant or quickly slow down, the GT Grade Alloy will certainly keep you feeling safe and in control of your ride. Even if you are not planning on being adventurous the comfort, toughness, and versatility makes for a fantastic ride and this bike certainly makes the grade.
The Grades welding is functional rather than elegant and it has a rather bulky look, however, it still feels very much like a road bike. It glides nicely along the tarmac and also takes in gravel and tracks making it very versatile and allowing you to take it much further off the beaten track than almost any other road bike.
This bike is extremely versatile, comfortable and certainly fast enough; making it the perfect bike if you’re looking for quality, comfort, and have an eye for adventure.
Felt F85 – £559.30 (was £799)
Felt’s F85 offers an extremely racy ride for the money you pay; it features butted aluminium tubing, carbon/alloy fork and a Shimano Tiagra kit all without sacrificing comfort.
The F85s weight of 9.3kg is on par with some Tour De France winning bikes and will certainly impress your friends. A short wheelbase does make clearances slightly more tight, meaning you can’t fit mudguards or use tyres more than 25mm. However there plenty of features that make up for this; the 10-speed Tiagra is effective and efficient, and the compact chain set with a 12-28 cassette also form a versatile paring; Felt’s own kit is also up to the job, their saddle and grippy gel bars give a comfortable ride, the brakes come with cartridge calipers and the Zaffiro stick tyres perform well even in treacherous conditions.
This bike is for you if you’re looking for looking a modest priced bike that’s more racy than recreational.Want to buy this? Click here to visit the retailer.
All three bikes here are a great choice. £1000 is a lot to spend but for something that will last for many years it is a good investment.*All prices are correct at the time of writing. They may however change if the retailer modifies their prices.