Best road bikes under £2,000 in 2020

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

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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, the first 2021 bikes are appearing in shops, while there are bargains to be had on 2020 and 2019 models.

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

The best road bikes under £2,000 in 2020, 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
  • Decathlon Van Rysel RR 920 AF: £1,199
  • Canyon Endurace AL Disc 8.0: £1,649
  • Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 7.0: £1,849
  • Decathlon Van Rysel RR 920 CF: £1,999.99
  • Giant TCR Advanced 3: £1,399
  • Rose Pro SL Disc 105: £1,406

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, take a look at our best road bikes under £1,000. Or, if you can stretch your budget a little further, 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 that 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 with a taller head tube.
Russell Burton / 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 choice of cockpit or the depth of the rims is likely to be present. 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 when 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
  • £1,299 as tested, now £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 was replaced by the CAAD13 for 2020, it’s still worth considering, particularly if you can find one of the few 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 Shimano 105-based 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, hence its multiple appearances in this list. A new model is coming, but that doesn’t make the current one any less good.

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.

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 setup 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 setup tubeless out of the box.

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

4.5 out of 5 star rating

Buy now from Decathlon

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 as reviewed, now £1,299
  • 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.

Canyon Endurace AL Disc 8.0

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Endurace AL Disc is a lot of bike for the money, whichever spec you choose.
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 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 lumpy RS505 hydraulic levers, but the current model gets the much more aesthetically pleasing 105 R7000 version.

Decathlon Van Rysel RR 920 CF

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The RR 920 gobbles up miles on the flat, accelerates sharply and climbs and descends with the best of them.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media
  • £1,999.99
  • Buy now from Decathlon
  • Great spec with full carbon frameset, full Shimano Ultegra and Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels
  • Racy, poised ride

Sports giant Decathlon used to sell all its road bikes under the B’Twin brand but the range is now splintered into a series of sub-brands, with the higher-end road bikes bearing the name Van Rysel.

The RR920 CF is a proper race bike with a light, full-carbon frameset and an exceptionally good spec for the money.

You get a full Shimano Ultegra groupset (with class-leading direct-mount front brake) and a set of Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon aero wheels, which feature an alloy rim with a carbon aero fairing.

The Van Rysel is an outstanding ride that goes head-to-head with much more expensive bikes.

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, £1,399 for 2020 bike (2021 model features updated frame)
  • 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.

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
  • £1,197 when reviewed, now £1,406 for frame as tested / £1,451 for updated model
  • Buy the Rose Pro SL Disc 105 now from Rose Bikes
  • Great all-round ride, excellent spec with proper hydraulic brakes
  • Top-notch alloy frame, which is better than cheap carbon

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.

Rose updated the Pro SL in 2020 with a refined frameset which we haven’t had a chance to review yet, but the specs are very similar.

BMC Teammachine SLR03

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
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 (2020 model)
  • 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 only 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
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Condor Italia is an aluminium bike with an 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 6.8

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Paralane is a comfy all-roader.
Focus
  • £1,499.99 Paralane AL 105 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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  • £1,399.99
  • 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 Equilibrium 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.

Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
With its tyres setup tubeless as standard, the TCR boasts an even smoother ride, greater control and more grip.
David Caudery / Immediate Media
  • £1,899
  • A proven racy favourite with a solid mid-level spec
  • Carbon frame, carbon fork with alloy steerer
  • Shimano 105 disc groupset with non-series cranks

The Giant TCR has gone through many evolutions and remains a top choice if you’re after a capable, racy bike built around a really well designed frameset.

This model gets a Shimano 105 disc groupset (with non-series cranks) and a full suite of Giant’s own finishing kit and wheels.

At this price we’d be tempted to opt for the lighter rim brake model, but the Advanced 2 Disc is a fine choice.

This is a good time to go looking for a bargain because the TCR range is undergoing a full update for the 2021 model year.

Kinesis 4S Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The 4S is aimed at the speed-focused rider who’s looking for a bike that can take mudguards and will perform throughout the year in all four seasons.
Alex Evans / Immediate Media
  • £1,850 (as tested) / £750 (frameset)
  • Versatile all-season road frame takes disc or rim brakes
  • Sold as a frameset, so build is up to you

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 enjoyed the 1× SRAM Apex build he tested.

The 4S is a racy, do-everything machine and it takes full mudguards too, making it ideal for winter training.

Kinesis R1

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Kinesis R1 is a great example of simplicity executed perfectly.
David Caudery / Immediate Media
  • £1,500
  • Versatile alloy road bike optimised for a 1× drivetrain
  • SRAM Apex components with hydraulic disc brakes

In a similar vein to the Kinesis 4S Disc, the R1 is a bit of a do-it-all machine, with large clearances and the ability to take proper mudguards (sold as an extra).

Its alloy frame will take a conventional 2× drivetrain, but it’s designed with 1× in mind, and the standard build gives you a SRAM Apex hydraulic disc groupset.

The fork is full carbon and the R1 has a zingy ride quality. Kinesis fits a particularly wide bar which won’t suit all riders, but the complete package is an appealingly simple and effective one.

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 as tested, now £1,299
  • 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.

Ribble R872 Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
With its full mudguard mounts the R872 Disc could also make an excellent all-weather ride.
David Caudery / Immediate Media
  • £1,504 as tested, £1,399 for standard 105 spec
  • Full carbon disc frameset with mudguard mounts
  • Great ride and a choice of alternative specs

Ribble gives you a lot for your money and the R872 is available in three specs starting at £1,099.

It’s a fast, fun bike and, unusually for a carbon one, it accepts mudguards.

The R872 isn’t the smoothest ride – you’ll feel the road beneath you – but it’s composed overall and not harsh.

Scott Addict 30 Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
Once a hardcore race bike, the Addict is now a comfy endurance machine.
Scott
  • £1,899 as tested, now £1,699
  • 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.

Sonder Santiago Rival 1

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Santiago features myriad bosses and guides so you’ll be able to carry water like a camel.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media
  • £1,299
  • Buy now from Alpkit
  • Versatile steel tourer slash all-roader with discs
  • SRAM Rival and mounts for everything

It’s debatable whether a bike like this even belongs in this list, but if you’re more interested in hauling camping gear than earning KOMs/QOMs, the Santiago may appeal.

It’s a capable steel all-rounder with big clearances and mounts to accept all manner of accessories and luggage.

We tested a SRAM Rival-equipped bike, but the Santiago is available in various other builds, or as a frameset if you prefer.

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc

4.0 out of 5 star rating
Best road bikes under £2,000
The Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc is a hardcore race-oriented bike.
Specialized
  • £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.

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Have you found what you’re looking for?

Could your budget stretch a little bit further? There are some exceptionally good bikes in the £2,000 to £3,000 price bracket.

Otherwise, if £1,000 to £2,000 is pushing it, there are some great buys for budgets under a grand.

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