If you’re thinking of getting into cycling then you will want to know all the facts when it comes to buying a road bike. I bet your first thought will be how much is a good road bike going to cost me? We suggest that you buy the best bike you can afford – it will be long lasting and will perform well to provide hours of fun and most importantly will make you want to get out more…
One of the best entry level road bikes at just over £1000 would be the highly regarded Cannondale CAAD 10, the entry level version has the world’s best aluminum frame that weighs in at 1120g and boasts a ride quality better than many carbon road bikes. The full build comes complete with the 11 speed Shimano 105 groupset, Cannondale C3 aluminum finishing kit and the bombproof and reliable Shimano RS11 wheels.
At £1299 this bike is a great choice, the iconic frame alone retails at £699.99 and even at that price we think it is something of a bargain!
You might be thinking that £1299 is a bit pricey for your first bike. We would say a good road bike needs to have at least Shimano 105, SRAM Apex level gearing and reputable frame that’s proven to be reliable and deliver real performance. See what options are available for the best road bikes under £1000…
There are lots of entry level road bikes from £500 to £1000 that are a perfect choice for recreational cyclists, the £999 Scott Speedster 10 comes equipped with Shimano Ultegra 11 speed shifters and rear derailleur, a nicely finished aluminum frame and a robust set of wheels with formula hubs and Syncros aero rims.
Another option is the Scott Speedster 20 (CD22) which is priced at £899.99. This Road bike features shape optimized double butted Alloy tubing and a race proven geometry that provides an aerodynamic advantage and outstanding performance. With the addition of an Aero Carbon fork, the Speedster 20 boasts F01 racing characteristics at a fraction of the cost.
A Road bike that’s a little more versatile and has a more relaxed riding position is the £999 Cannondale Synapse Disc 5 could be the ideal bike. The Cannondale aluminum frame has clearance for 32mm tyres and comes complete with all purpose disc brakes and the well proven 11 speed 105 groupset. A compact chainset and 11-32 cassette make this bike a capable machine on any road and it wouldn’t be adverse to the occasional voyage down bridleways and canal paths.
Another important factor to consider when buying a road bike are wheels. You need to know what the best road bike wheels are for you and your bike, but with a large amount available and in a variety of prices this can be confusing. Buying a better set of wheels can make all the difference. Whether you’re looking for road bikes wheels under £500 or even under 1K, Cycle Division has a great selection to make buying cycle wheels easy.
The Cero AR30 Alloy Clincher Wheelset is priced at £379.99 and after numerous hours of testing with various combinations, our CERO AR30 clincher wheelset are here, these are a super lightweight wheelset based around our CERO 20/24h hubs featuring Sapim CX-Ray spokes and a 30mm rim, built 2x at the rear and radial upfront this is one fast wheelset at a super competitive price point for such a light/stiff responsive set.
If your pounds can stretch a bit further than we recommend the Cero RC45 Carbon Clincher wheelset at £799.99. The RC45 benefits from a wider 26mm Torordial rim to improve the aerodynamics and the stiffness of the wheel. The real showstopper is the improved braking performance and heat tolerance capability of the wheel thanks to some innovative technology in the rim track that helps manage and dissipate the heat generated from braking.
Cycle Division are pleased to offer our road bikes on finance, so you can spread the cost over a period of time that suits you.
And finally and possible the most important factor when buying a road bike is the fit. You need to make sure that you have the correct size bike for you. You can take a look at the bike size charts from Scott and Cannondale and Trigon but why not get a faultless fit with the Guru Bike Fit. Cycle Division are 1 of 10 Retailers that house the Bike Fit. Guru Dynamic Bike Fit is the worlds most advanced fit-bike, providing an infinite range of motion and real-time adjustment to create the perfect ride for you.
If you have any other queries about getting into cycling then please come down and see us or just give us a call! We’re happy to help! :)
Written by Gemma