If you’ve decided a road bike is what you are looking for, then it makes sense to get the most value for your money. Below, I’ve rounded up three road bikes that promise to perform to a high level without depleting your wallet.
Remember, when buying a bike the most important measurement isn’t necessarily your height. It is the inseam (inside leg) that you most need to measure. Make sure you check this against the manufacturers recommendations as this varies per bike.
Planet X Pro Carbon Rival Road Bike
Planet X’s road bike range is well known amongst those looking for a high-spec road bike at an entry level price. At just one pound under £1000 you get a lot of bike for your money.
It features the SRAM Rival Group Set which provides performance comparable to far more expensive offerings. This guarantees a low enough weight, excellent control and lasting performance.
This is a fast, beautiful carbon road bike that can take on many of its higher priced rivals.
The Trek 1.2 is a firm favourite for those searching for entry level road bikes.
The 1.2 is a well rounded bike, suitable for commuting, training and pretty much anything else you throw at it. The lack of a carbon frame shouldn’t put you off, as the Alpha White Aluminium provides reasonable weight and feels comfortable to ride.
At £599.99, there’s a lot to love with the Trek 1.2.
Battaglin Start 2011
The Battaglin Start road bike goes head to head with the Trek 1.2 targeting entry level road cyclists.
The value for money offered by this little Italian number is superb. Similarly to the Trek 1.2, the bike features a steel frame which provides a comfortable ride whilst keeping the price down and not sacrificing too much of a weight gain.
It relies on the Campagnolo Veloce groupset which should provide lasting, strong performance and arguably slightly takes the edge over the Trek 1.2.
This is a responsive, speedy road bike that is excellent for those dipping their toe into road cycling for the first time.
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