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Best Road Bikes Under £1000 for 2021

Words by Cycles UK

on 23/08/2020 17:42:29


£1000 has traditionally been a popular price point for new road bikes. Up last year, it was the limit for most cycle to work schemes and it will also get you a quality bike with decent running gear. If £1000 is a little out of your budget there are quite a few road bikes in the sub-£1000 bracket, Read more here in our guide to the Best Road bikes under £750 for 2021

You can get a great quality road bike with a choice of styles and equipment for £1000. Pretty much all the road bikes at this price point will come with an aluminium frame and carbon fork. What you will tend to find with a road bike around this price is built for road riding but not necessarily a racing ready bike this is due to a more upright comfortable riding position. If you're unsure how much road riding you will be doing, it the perfect choice for starting road riding and commuting.

Updated February 2021

There have been a number of price rises in the last few months and some of the bikes in our original article are now sold out. The updated list below features bikes where we should have good stock for the rest of the 2021 season.


2021 Orbea Avant H50 Road Bike £939

Orbea 2021 Avant H50 Road Bike in Graphite and Black (1)

Designed to put you in a riding position that is comfortable for long days in the saddle on roads with varying surfaces. Built around a lightweight hydroformed triple-butted aluminium frame with a carbon fibre fork to soak up the bumps and vibrations of the road. The Avant H50 comes with 2 x 9 speed Shimano Sora gearing (giving 18 gears total) and a wide 11 – 32T cassette, so you have plenty of options for getting up hills. The Sora gearing is lighter and better quality than the gears found on many entry level road bikes so you will get smoother shifting for longer. It also comes fitted with 25c tyres, slightly wider than the traditional 23c, for even more suspension comfort and grip without compromising your speed. The frame has internal cable routing to give your bike a cleaner look.

2021 Specialized Allez Road Bike £799

2021 Specialized Allez Road Bike £725 (1)

A light, fast road bike that is an excellent choice for entry-level road riders and commuters. The Allez has been our go-to beginner's road bike for as years. They have always been a great mix of value and performance. With the 2020 Allez Specialized have made the bike lighter and improved the geometry to give a better fit and ride. Entry-level road bikes often feature either alloy or cheap carbon fibre forks that greatly detract from the overall ride quality. But with a full FACT carbon fibre fork, the Allez is better handling, smoother riding, and lower in weight. So floating over rough roads and carving through corners like a slalom skier.

2021 Trek Domane AL 3 Disc Road Bike £995.00

2021 Trek Domane AL 3  disc Road Bike £900.00

entry-level road bike with a full Shimano Sora groupset, a stable endurance geometry and a lightweight Alpha aluminium frame.

Domane AL 3 is smooth, stable and confidence-inspiring. It's perfect for new riders and anyone looking to upgrade to a versatile aluminium road bike built for comfortable riding experience. The quality parts are ready to tackle fast group rides and adventures that stray from the beaten track to rougher roads. The full Shimano Sora groupset has 18 speeds, with integrated brake/shift levers. It's a lighter parts group than Shimano's introductory groupset and provides a wide range of gears that are great for climbing. Domane AL 3 has a lightweight Alpha Aluminium frame with a stable Endurance Geometry for a confident ride, plus mounts for mudguards, racks, lights and more.

2021 Specialized Allez Sport Road Bike £999

2021 Specialized Allez Sport

The Allez Sport sits in the middle of the Specialized Allez range and just squeaks in under the £1000 mark. It comes with a couple of nice upgrades over the entry level Allez. The most noticeable is the 9 speed Shimano Sora gears. Sora is often considered to be the first ‘proper’ road bike groupset and is a level up in terms of quality from the Claris gears found on the entry level bike so you get a smoother shifting setup that will last longer.