BikeRadar Bargains: Top cheap road bike upgrades — UK deals
It’s easy to get lost in all the different shiny, lightweight components you could get to upgrade your road bike, so for this week’s BikeRadarBargains we’ve put together a list of items that we think will make the biggest difference to your ride.
Road tubeless has been here for a while now and Stan’s is arguably the originator of the technology in mountain bikes. Pick up its road tubeless kit to convert your tubeless-ready wheels. While there isn’t a huge discount on this, we’ve had a look around and this is one of the cheapest conversion kits available.
Bar tape can quickly end up looking tatty, but it’s a key contact point on your bike. Lizard Skins features on many a pro’s bike and we’ve also rated it as one of the best options to buy. Refresh your bike and improve your control with this simple and easy upgrade.
Luckily there are a lot of brands out there making funky threaded solutions that help to stop creaks. This one from Wheels Manufacturing is a favourite at BikeRadar, featuring premium Enduro bearings for long-lasting smooth-running performance.
Re-cabling your bike can make a world of difference to the feel of shifting and braking, but skimping out and getting budget cables is unlikely to make a huge difference, so we’d always recommend going for the highest quality you can afford.
These Dura-Ace 9000 gear and brake cables will no-doubt make a huge difference to your bike and will also typically last much longer than cheaper sets.
We get on very well with Shimano road pedals and the Ultegra items hit the sweet spot for price vs performance. There are lighter options and there are cheaper options, but in our opinion these are pretty much the best all round option.
If you’re after a cheaper option or only just starting out with SPDs, why not take a look at the budget R550 alternative. You’ll add a little weight and a slightly less refined cleat mechanism, but still retain the high-end looks with the composite body of the pedal.
We’ve focussed on affordable options here but there are two other significant places that will make a huge difference to your bike. Why not check out our BikeRadar Bargains articles for road wheelsets or groupset upgrades.
Whil it may involve some investment, upgrading these parts could absolutely transform your ride.
These are the top 5 road bike upgrades that you really don’t want to miss out on