‘Strong, light, cheap – pick two’, they said. Well not with our latest BikeRadar Bargains, scraped with care from the corners of the internet to bring you the very best road bike groupset deals.
Whether you’re looking for Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo, there’ll be something here to tempt you. Perhaps your Cycle to Work bike came with Tiagra? Bump it up to 105 and enjoy smoother shifting, better braking and – arguably – cleaner looks.
Or maybe you’re feeling flush and wish to take the plunge on Campag Super Record. Lucky you! If you’re a SRAM fan, this might be the right time to step up from Rival to Force – or maybe even Red? Get ready for that eTap shifting we’ve been telling you about.
One down from Dura-Ace but with all of the performance, in a slightly heavier (258g) package, comes Ultegra. It does also come with electronic shifting, but the mechanical version costs half the price of its Di2 sibling. Now less than half price.
Shimano’s 105 groupset is a hugely popular upgrade:
This here’s the latest iteration of Shimano’s excellent 105 groupset, which sits above the Tiagra found on many road bikes nudging the £1,000 mark, and below the race-focused Ultegra and Dura-Ace groupsets. Now with 11-speed cassettes (you may need to upgrade your rear wheel if changing from 10-speed), many believe this to be the sweet spot of performance, durability and value.
Campagnolo 2015 Super Record EPS groupset £3348 £2529
Campagnolo’s best-of-the-best super record eps groupset:
It ain’t cheap, but the best never is. Occasionally described as an ‘hors category’ groupset – above Shimano Dura-Ace and SRAM Red – this has all the functionality of Campag’s top-flight Record groupset, but uses lighter materials including carbon to reduce overall weight. Then adds electronic EOS shifting. Che bella.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Dura-Ace and Red is the Italian firm’s top-tier groupset at a very reasonable price – considering you get the highest-grade carbon, alloys and titanium in its construction, and all the performance you could wish for. A third off.
Usually described as sitting somewhere between Ultegra and Dura-Ace in terms of price, this is another difficult-to-categorise groupset from Campag (see Super Record above). But what’s not in doubt is its performance, which is superb.
SRAM force is the lightest of all road groupsets available:
On paper this looks like the best deal of them all – a proven pro-level groupset that’s won the Tour de France numerous times. Plus it’s the lightest on the market, weighing 1,747g compared to 1,998g for Shimano Dura-Ace and 1,940g for Campagnolo Super Record. For half price.