Best road bikes under £2,000 for 2019 and 2020

Our pick of the top endurance and race bikes for under two grand

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The best road bikes under £2,000

We’d all love to ride pro-level superbikes, but budget tends to dictate otherwise. Don’t despair though, the best road bikes under £2,000 are seriously good.

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Right now there are bargains to be had on outgoing 2019 models, and shiny 2020 ones are also appearing in bike shops.

We’ve rounded up the best sportive bikes, endurance machines and racers for your delectation.

The best road bikes under £2,000 in 2019, as rated and reviewed by our expert testers

  • Cannondale CAAD12 105: £1,399.99
  • Giant TCR Advanced 1: £1,899
  • Giant TCR Advanced 2: £1,599
  • B’Twin Ultra 920 AF / Van Rysel RR 920 AF: £1,199
  • Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra: £1,899
  • Cannondale SuperSix Evo 105: £1,800
  • Canyon Endurace AL Disc 8.0: £1,649
  • Canyon Endurace AL 8.0: £1,179
  • Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 7.0: £1,849
  • Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc: £1,999
  • Giant TCR Advanced 3: £1,399
  • Kinesis Racelight 4S Disc: £700 (frameset)
  • Merida Reacto 5000: £2,000
  • Orbea Orca M30/M32: £1,499
  • Rose Pro SL Disc-2000 (Disc 105): £1,406
  • Trek Domane SL 5: £2,450
  • Trek Émonda ALR 6: £1,600

The bikes listed above all scored at least 4.5 stars out of five when our team of experienced riders put them to the test. Read on for comprehensive buying advice and our complete list of high scoring bikes.

If up to £2,000 is still too heavy on your wallet then take a look at our best road bikes under £1,000. Or, if you can stretch your budget a little, there are some fantastic options in our round-up of bikes under £3,000.

The best £2,000 road bike for you and your riding

If you need some help with what to look for in a road bike, read out our comprehensive guide here and watch our video primer below.

Plenty of great bikes fall into the £1,000 to £2,000 price range. So many in fact, that picking one can be quite a headache — so you need to have a clear idea of what you want.

The main thing to bear in mind is while all the road bikes in this price bracket are suitable for any type of tarmac-related riding, they start to become more tailored to specific purposes — branching off down either the sportive/endurance or racing route.

Best road bikes under £2,000
Generally speaking, endurance bikes will offer a more relaxed, upright riding position.
Matthew Allen / Immediate Media

Generally speaking, at this price, weights will drop and you may start to see features that have trickled down from the bikes ridden by the pros.

Aero optimisation, for instance, whether it be the shape of the frame’s tubes, the position of the brakes or the depth of the rims. You can also expect a higher grade of materials and components.

Carbon is more common, but there’s still a place for aluminium at these sorts of prices. In fact, the best aluminium frames are considerably better than some of the entry-level carbon options.

Best road bikes under £2,000
These days, good aluminium is often better than cheap carbon.
Matthew Allen / Immediate Media

Whatever you go for, it can be worth prioritising the frame over the components at this price, doing so will give you a great platform that can be upgraded with better parts as the ones supplied wear out.

Read on for summaries and reviews of the best road bikes under £2,000.

Cannondale CAAD12 105

5.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Cannondale CAAD12 is an example of just how good alloy bikes can be.
Cannondale
  • £1,399.99
  • One of the best aluminium frames on the market, better than cheap carbon
  • Wonderful handling, composed and smooth ride
  • Good, if unremarkable spec

The CAAD12 105 was our Bike of the Year in 2016, and while the bike has been replaced by the CAAD13 for 2020, it’s still worth considering, particularly if you can find one of the remaining models at a reduced price.

Cannondale is the master of aluminium and the Smartform C1 6069 frame is one of the best out there, outperforming budget carbon and giving mid-range stuff a run for its money too.

It’s matched to a super-light full carbon fork, and while the build isn’t exactly generous, there are no big misses.

Giant TCR Advanced 1

5.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The TCR is still one of the best all-round race bikes.
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  • £1,775 as reviewed, now £1,899
  • Affordable version of one of the best all-round race bikes

The Giant TCR has gone through many iterations and it is deservedly still ranked among the most capable, rounded race bikes.

It’s smooth and comfortable but properly racy, and Giant is generous with the spec too. The 2019 and 2020 models get the latest Ultegra R8000 components with a modest price increase.

Giant TCR Advanced 2

5.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The 105-equipped TCR is phenomenal value for money.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media
  • £1,449 as reviewed, now £1,599
  • BikeRadar’s Road Bike of the Year 2018 is an amazing performer and great value for money
  • Rim brake model gets full 105 groupset and is set up tubeless out of the box

The Giant TCR has been around seemingly forever and each successive generation has impressed us. This particular bike took top honours in our 2018 Bike of the Year mega-test.

The Advanced 2 model gets a really nice carbon frame and a more-or-less full Shimano 105 groupset. For 2020, it’s the latest R7000 version.

The TCR is a wonderfully lively ride that manages to be quite comfortable too. As a bonus, its wheels are set up tubeless out of the box.

B’Twin Ultra 920 AF / Van Rysel RR 920 AF

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The B’Twin Ultra AF is a whole lot of bike for the money.
Matthew Allen / Immediate Media
  • £1,199
  • Great riding alloy with a mind-blowing spec
  • Ultegra R8000 groupset, Mavic Cosmic Elite wheelset
  • Latest model does away with silly hidden rear brake
  • Now replaced by identical Van Rysel RR 920 AF

Sports giant Decathlon produces a number of exceptionally well-specced bikes. Previously, most fell under the B’Twin name, but a branding shake-up has seen the higher end road models relaunched as Van Rysels. The current Van Rysel RR 920 AF is identical in spec to the old B’Twin Ultra 920 AF.

The RR920 AF is built around a smart aluminium frame and although it’s not particularly light, the ride is exciting and refined.

Ultegra shifting is a huge bonus at this price point, and the Mavic Cosmic Elites cost twice as much as the entry-level wheels typically found on bikes at this price point.

The hidden rear brake was noted as a downside in our review of the previous version of this bike, but the latest models do away with this.

The bike also got an upgrade to the latest Ultegra R8000 groupset and an updated version of the Cosmic wheels. The price increased at the same time, but we reckon it’s more than worth the extra.

Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Cannondale CAAD12 is a benchmark for aluminium bikes.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media
  • £1,899
  • Top-spec rim brake version of Cannondale’s universally loved alloy racer
  • Ultegra R8000 with Mavic Aksium wheels

The CAAD12’s alloy frameset is one of the best on the market and whatever the build it doesn’t disappoint. The 12 has actually been discontinued in favour of the new CAAD13 for 2020, but there are still bargains about on the outgoing model.

The top-spec version gets the latest Ultegra bits and Mavic Aksium wheels, plus Cannondale’s own rather tasty Hollogram Si cranks.

It’s never going to be a cosseting endurance ride, but the CAAD12 remains an outstanding choice thanks to fantastic power transfer and racy handling.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo 105

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The outgoing SuperSix Evo remains a very good buy, if you can find one.
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  • £1,800
  • Outgoing version of one of our favourite race bikes
  • 105 shifting and a full carbon frameset

The SuperSix Evo is one of our favourite race bikes, a consistent high-scorer with a sublime ride.

For 2020, it’s been replaced by an all-new design with dropped seatstays and aero features, but the outgoing bike remains a great buy, particularly if you can find it at a knock-down price.

The Evo offers a mixture of 105 components with Cannondale cranks, wheels and finishing kit.

Canyon Endurace AL Disc 8.0

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Commutes and hillier rides were tackled with measured and smooth-rolling ease.
Canyon

The Endurace AL Disc has consistently scored well in our tests, offering great ride quality, a good looking frame, and a seriously competitive spec for the money.

It’s a better all-rounder than many carbon bikes at this price level, and you do get a full-carbon fork in any case.

Generous gearing means it’s ideal for beginners and riders who live in hilly areas, while big tyre clearances add versatility.

Canyon’s sizing is a little bit odd and the bike doesn’t have mounts for mudguards or luggage, but otherwise there’s little to fault.

Canyon Endurace AL 7.0/8.0

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Canyon Endurace AL 7.0 is fantastic value for money.
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It’s not the most exciting thing to look at, but the Endurace AL is one of our favourite entry-level bikes because it combines a flawless spec with outstanding ride quality.

You get a full Shimano Ultegra groupset, apart from the chain, along with Mavic’s trustworthy Aksium wheelset shod in the finest Continental rubber.

Relaxed geometry means this isn’t a racer, but it manages to be both lively and remarkably comfortable.

Canyon made some changes to its line-up back in 2018 and the current Endurace AL 8.0 is the direct equivalent of the old 7.0. The current model gets Shimano’s latest Ultegra R8000 groupset. If that’s too rich for your blood, the 105-equipped AL 7.0 costs £999.

There’s also a disc version, which is one of our favourite affordable disc bikes.

Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 7.0

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Canyon Endurace WMN features women’s specific geometry.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Where Canyon previously offered women’s bikes that shared frames with their unisex counterparts, the latest WMN range has its own geometry, along with finishing kit that is entirely tailored to female riders.

In its two smallest sizes (XXXS and XXS) the Endurace WMN comes with smaller-than-standard 650b wheels, which are intended to keep handling consistent across the range.

The Canyon is a comfortable endurance machine with a handsome carbon frame, 105 shifting, and decent DT Swiss wheels. When we reviewed it, it had the lump RS505 hydraulic levers, but the current model gets the much more aesthetically pleasing 105 R7000 version.

Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc offers racy handling and disc-brake confidence.
Ben Healy / Immediate Media
  • £1,999
  • Aggressive racer with discs
  • Ultegra shifting with non-series cranks
  • 2020 bike gets fully hydraulic braking

The TCR has long been something of a benchmark for race bikes, and the Advanced 1 Disc carries on the tradition of being incredibly capable.

As well as a top-notch carbon frame, this spec gets you Shimano Ultegra shifting (upgraded to R8000 for 2018). The 2019 bike used Giant’s own Conduct system to marry mechanical levers to hydraulic disc brakes but the 2020 model gets proper hydraulic Ultegra levers.

The fit will be too aggressive for some, but if it suits then the TCR won’t disappoint.

Giant TCR Advanced 3

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Giant TCR Advanced 3 offers huge upgrade potential.
Giant
  • £1,199 as reviewed, now £1,399
  • Thrillingly responsive front end
  • Rigid frame with a racy feel
  • Ideal platform that won’t be eclipsed by upgraded components

The TCR Advanced 3 may only get 10-speed Shimano Tiagra, but the trade-off is a great frame that’s responsiveness puts to shame plenty of bikes costing as much.

Tiagra’s brakes aren’t quite as good as 105, but the shifting is on par and there’s a good spread of gears on offer.

Overall, this is a seriously impressive machine that offers racy geometry without being too extreme. It’s also very upgrade worthy, a great place to start.

Kinesis Racelight 4S Disc

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Racelight 4S Disc is well suited to UK riding.
Phil Sowels / Immediate Media

Kinesis is well known for its cheerfully versatile, UK-friendly bikes and the Racelight 4S Disc continues in that vein.

It’s sold as a frameset so the build is up to you, but our reviewer appreciated the simplicity of a 1× SRAM Apex setup.

Unusually, the 4S accepts both disc and rim brakes. It takes full mudguards too, making it ideal for winter training.

Merida Reacto 5000

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Reacto 5000 is surprisingly comfy for an aero machine.
Merida
  • £2,000
  • Aero racer with great ride quality and handling
  • Ultegra shifting plus a mixture of other components

The more affordable version of the aero Reacto gets Merida’s slightly less aggressive CF2 geometry

There are some compromises on the spec – 105 brakes in place of Ultegra, an FSA crank, somewhat average own-brand wheels – but the Reacto is a solid performer.

It’s surprisingly comfy for an aero bike and stiff enough to climb and sprint well too.

Orbea Orca M32

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Orca M32 carries on a long line of desirable Orbeas.
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  • £1,499
  • Entry level version of an old favourite
  • Refined ride, sharp looks

Orbea’s Orca has been around in various forms for years and it’s always been good. The latest model is an achingly trendy dropped-stay superbike, but the more affordable models are well worth considering.

The M32 variant we reviewed was kitted out with Campagnolo’s mid-range Centaur groupset and its entry-level Calima wheelset. It’s not in the range anymore, but the same money now gets you the Shimano 105 equipped Orca M30.

Rose Pro SL Disc-2000 (Disc 105)

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Rose’s affordable disc road bike has a great spec and a really nicely finished alloy frame.
Matthew Allen / Immediate Media

Renamed the Pro SL Disc 105 some time ago, Rose’s affordable disc road bike offers a very appealing combination of looks, ride quality and spec.

The alloy frame is particularly well finished for the money and it looks (and rides) better than some cheap carbon bikes.

The lumpy Shimano RS505 shifters have been replaced by 105 R7000 units on the latest model. Along with other 105 components, Mavic Aksium Disc wheels and a full carbon fork, that’s a generous spec for the money, although it’s not as cheap as it used to be.

Trek Domane SL 5

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Now even the more affordable carbon Domane gets front and rear IsoSpeed.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media
  • £1,900 when reviewed, now £2,450
  • 105-equipped version of Trek’s universally liked endurance bike
  • IsoSpeed bump absorption front and rear smooths out every road

The Trek Domane shook up the world of endurance road bikes with its clever IsoSpeed rear shock absorber.

The latest versions of the bike add front IsoSpeed too, giving a smooth ride on poor roads, one reviewer described it as “making 25mm tyres feel like 28s”.

The bike isn’t super-light and at current prices the 105-based spec isn’t exactly generous, but the Domane is worthy of consideration for its outstanding ride quality.

Trek Émonda ALR 6

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Trek Émonda ALR6 is very lightweight and comparable to some carbon frames.

Trek’s aluminium Émonda puts cheap carbon to shame with a nimble, assured ride and a total weight of just 7.75kg for our 58cm test bike.

Shimano’s outstanding Ultegra groupset takes care of shifting, while the wheels and finishing kit is all decent stuff from in-house brand Bontrager.

From the 2019 model year onwards, Trek has offered a disc version, and the rim brake model has been upgraded to direct mount brakes.

All-City Cycles Mr Pink

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The All-City Cycles Mr Pink is a classy steel machine.
Jack Luke / Immediate Media
  • £1,900 as tested, £1,000 frameset
  • Classy steel frame, optional carbon fork

If you don’t mind the slight weight penalty, there’s a lot to like about a classy steel frame like that of the Mr Pink.

It’s an elegant machine that offers a ride that’s firm, smooth and racy, and it’s practical too thanks to mudguard mounts and generous tyre clearances.

The Mr Pink is sold as a frameset, but £2,000 or so will get you a very nicely specced bike.

BMC Teammachine SLR03

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The BMC Teammachine SLR03 Best road bikes under £2,000 a near-pro-bike experience at a more realistic price
The BMC Teammachine SLR03 offers a near-pro-bike experience at a more realistic price.
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  • £1,599 when reviewed, now £1,999
  • Racer that benefits from pro bike trickle-down
  • Latest version gets more up-to-date cranks

BMC doesn’t give you as juicy a spec for your money as some brands, but the trade-off is a ride that isn’t as far off the pro-level version of this bike as you’d expect.

The SLR03 has the same geometry as the top-end model and offers a firm, racy ride.

Shimano 105 takes care of shifting, and the (slightly more expensive) current version of this bike comes with four-arm cranks that look more up-to-date than the non-series ones on our review bike.

Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The disc version of Canyon’s Endurace AL has lots to offer.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The Endurace AL has long been a BikeRadar favourite, offering generous specs and great all-rounder performance at an impressively low price.

The previous model got those aesthetically unappealing RS505 hydraulic levers, but they’ve since been upgraded to the more svelte 105 R7000 version.

Condor Fratello Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Fratello is a versatile steel machine that you can tailor to your needs.
Dave Caudery / Immediate Media
  • £849.99 frameset when reviewed (now £899.99) / £1,825 as tested
  • Buy the Fratello Disc frameset now from Condor
  • Versatile steel machine ideal for commuting, training and more
  • Sold as a frameset, so build it to suit your riding

Condor has added discs to its versatile all-weather Fratello, a bike that’s ideal for long winter miles, commuting or a bit of light touring, thanks to its full mounts for guards and a rack

Sold as a frameset rather than a complete bike, the Fratello uses Columbus Spirit steel, and comes with a carbon-legged fork.

We tested the bike with Shimano 105 and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, but you can build it however you like.

It’s a ride that provides plenty of feedback without being harsh or aggressive.

Condor Italia

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Winter road bike with mudguards
The Condor Italia is an aluminium bike with a old-school aesthetic
Condor

The classic formula of an affordable aluminium bike that accepts full mudguards has endured for good reason. The Italia is available however you want it, whether that’s ready-built or as a frameset alone.

It rides well and, while it lacks disc brakes, it’s a solid choice for year-round training, commuting or even light touring.

Focus Izalco Race

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Focus Izalco Race is good value and offers racy handling.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media

The Izalco Race is the most affordable version of Focus’s flagship carbon racer. It’s heavier than its Tour-level counterpart, but retains much of the same racy personality.

The latest version gets Shimano’s excellent mid-level 105 R7000 components along with DT Swiss alloy wheels.

Focus Paralane AL 105

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Focus Paralane AL is a comfy all-weather machine.
Focus
  • £1,499.99 when tested, £1,699 current Paralane 6.8
  • Versatile aluminium distance machine with relaxed geometry
  • 105 shifting with hydraulic discs
  • Likeable all-rounder only undermined by sub-par mudguards

The Paralane is built for comfort over long distances, with modern frame design and a super-skinny seatpost for compliance.

It’s fairly well specced, with proper hydraulic brakes for all-weather performance and 105 shifting. The version we reviewed had RS505 levers, but the current Paralane 6.8 model gets updated 105 R7000 levers.

The bike ships with mudguards as standard, but we found them disappointingly noisy, the only real flaw in an otherwise excellent bike.

Genesis Equilibrium

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
This harks back to a golden age of steel frames with straight tubes and narrow tyres.
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  • £1,400
  • Classic Reynolds 725 steel frame
  • Shimano 105 R7000 components plus mediocre Promax brakes
  • Mounts for mudguards and a rack

In a world of fancy carbon and deep section wheels, the Equibrium is a pleasing throwback with its slender steel frame and classic styling.

It’s a super-smooth ride that’s ideal for commuting or long leisurely rides. The only letdown is the sub-par Promax brakes which Genesis persists in fitting.

Merlin Roc Disc Ultegra

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
This isn’t a bike built for speed… this is a mile eater, and a very good one.
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  • £1,559
  • Versatile all-weather aluminium bike
  • Full Ultegra R8000 hydraulic disc groupset

Despite old-school touches, including a 31.6mm seatpost and quick-release skewers rather than thru-axles, we rate the Roc for its excellent all-round ride and overall value for money.

With mounts on the frame for mudguards and/or a rack and big tyre clearances, it’s well suited to training, commuting or a spot of touring.

A full Ultegra groupset is a bonus at this price, while the rest of the kit is more than adequate.

Scott Addict 30 Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Scott’s Addict range has switched from racing to endurance.
Scott Bikes
  • £1,899
  • Endurance disc bike with Tiagra hydraulics
  • Not light, but ride quality is excellent

The Addict name used to apply only to hardcore race bikes, but it’s now used on endurance models like this one.

The Addict 30 Disc is a plush machine with 32mm tyres that smooth out the worst roads.

With Tiagra-level hydraulics it’s not particularly light, but the Addict makes up for it with impressive comfort and impeccable descending manners.

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Allez Sprint Comp Disc offers peerless handling and enormous speed potential.
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  • £1,900
  • Aggressive racer with a super-stylish aluminium frame
  • Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset with Praxis Zayante cranks

While the standard Allez has long been Specialized’s entry-level road bike, the more aggressive Sprint model gets a completely different frame with a distinctive aero section seat tube and a unique manufacturing process that moves the welds away from the tube junctions.

This Allez is a fast and firm ride — not the best for all-day rides, but well suited to racing and fast training miles.

The spec isn’t amazing for money, but the fundamentals are good, with hydraulic discs supplying great braking.

Trek Émonda SL 5 Women’s

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Trek’s Emonda range focuses on light weight as opposed to aero.
Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
  • £1,800
  • Unisex frame gets women’s-specific finishing kit
  • 105 groupset plus in-house finishing kit

Trek has abandoned women’s-specific geometry in favour of unisex frames and gender-specific contact points.

The Émonda SL 5 is a lightweight climber’s bike that leans towards the racy end of the spectrum.

It’s a firm ride, but one that’s well suited to go-fast riding. The 105-based spec is decent for the money and while there’s plenty of scope for future upgrades, it’s well-enough equipped out of the box. The 2019 and 2020 bikes get the latest R7000 version of the groupset.

Have you found what you’re looking for?

Do you reckon your budget might stretch a little bit further? There are some incredible bikes in the £2,000 to £3,000 price bracket.

If £1,000 to 2,000 is stretching it, there are some great buys for budgets under a grand.

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