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Best road bikes under £2,000 in 2021

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

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

The best road bikes under £2,000 in 2021, as rated and reviewed by our expert testers

  • Giant TCR Advanced 1: £1,899
  • Giant TCR Advanced 2: £1,599
  • BMC Teammachine ALR Disc Two: £1,900
  • Giant TCR Advanced 3: £1,399
  • Kinesis Tripster AT: £1,850  
  • Rose Pro SL Disc 105: £1,451
  • Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0: £1,749
  • Condor Fratello Disc: £1,825
  • Condor Italia: £1,966
  • Focus Izalco Race: £1,699
  • Focus Paralane 6.8: £1,699
  • Genesis Equilibrium: £1,749.99
  • Kinesis Racelight 4S Disc: £1,850
  • Kinesis R1: £1,500
  • Ribble R872 Disc: £1,499
  • Scott Addict 30 Disc: £1,989
  • Sonder Santiago Rival 1: £1,299
  • Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc: £1,999
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The bikes listed above all scored at least 4 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 and disc brakes are taking over from rim brakes.

Carbon starts to appear, but aluminium frames are more typical 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.

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.

BMC Teammachine ALR Disc Two

4.5 out of 5 star rating
BMC Teammachine ALR Disc Two
BMC Teammachine ALR Disc Two: classy looks and a performance ride.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media
  • £1,999 as reviewed, now £1,900
  • Performance-oriented alloy frame doesn’t lack comfort
  • Fast acceleration and predictable handling
  • 105 hydraulic disc brakes give assured stopping

With BMC’s top spec alloy build and smart looks from its manipulated tubes, the Teammachine ALR rides like a performance bike, with fast acceleration and predictable handling.

You get BMC’s D-shaped carbon seatpost, as featured on its pricier bikes, to add comfort to a ride that’s compliant even on 25mm tyres. 

Groupset is Shimano 105 Hydraulic, for smooth shifting, loads of range and effective stopping power.

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.

Kinesis Tripster AT

4.5 out of 5 star rating
Pack shot of the Kinesis Tripster AT gravel/road bike
The AT stands for all-terrain in the Kinesis Tripster AT.
Robert Smith / Immediate Media
  • £1,850  
  • 38mm tyres with excellent mudguards
  • Lively performance belies the 11kg weight and robust build
  • Tuneable geometry 

With the AT bit signifying All Terrain, you’d expect big clearance from the Kinesis Tripster AT – up to 45mm. But this build only goes up to 38mm with its Schwalbe G-One tyres, adding extra-wide mudguards for a more road-going spec that will also cope with light gravel excursions.

Kinesis’s alloy frame and carbon fork offer the option to alter the steering geometry to suit your riding style. You can load up with bags and bottles for longer excursions and the SRAM Apex 1x groupset gives you lots of range too.

At 11kg, the Tripster AT isn’t light but feels livieir than that weight would suggest, with a stiff frame and quality wheelset.

Rose Pro SL Disc 105

4.5 out of 5 star rating
2020 Rose Pro SL Disc 105
2020 Rose Pro SL Disc 105.
Rose
  • £1,451.20
  • Alloy frame has a quality look and features
  • Plenty of tyre clearance
  • Smooth and composed ride

With its smooth welds, you could mistake the Rose Pro SL’s alloy frameset for carbon, while the updated model gets a new lighter, more comfortable fork. There’s close to full internal cabling from the cockpit to complete the classy look. 

The Rose has clearance for tyres up to 32mm, with wheels running on thru-axles. You don’t get mudguard mounts though. Ride quality is smooth and composed, even on fast, bumpy descents. 

Spec is good, with a wide range Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset, DT Swiss wheels and 28mm Conti tyres. Smaller sizes come with 650b wheels for consistent handling across the size range. 

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 when tested, now 1,749.99
  • 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.

Kinesis Racelight 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.

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, £1,499 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 £1,989
  • 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
  • £1,999
  • 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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