When it comes to spending your hard-earned cash, you want to make sure the bike you’re buying is tried and tested. That’s why we put 22 women’s road bikes to the test, head-to-head, as part of the BikeRadar Women’s Road Bike of the Year awards. The result? Three bikes that are top of the pops, whatever your budget, and better yet a lot of them are on sale!
So grab yourself an award-winning bike for a fraction of its original price, and get out there and ride. We’ve also included some of the models around the winning model where there are some particularly good deals to be hand.
- Presenting the BikeRadar Women’s Road Bike of the Year Awards
- Best women’s road bikes under £1000
- Best women’s road bikes under £1500
- Best women’s road bikes under £2000
The bike of the year winners
Liv Avail 1
The winner of our ‘best bikes under £1000‘ category, this Liv Avail 1 is a great bike giving a stable but nimble ride. It’s light for the price, and features a Shimano 105 groupset. Our verdict? It’s a an ideal blend of value for money, performance and comfort, and a great bike for the price.
Specialized Ruby Comp 2016 women’s road bike
Not only did the Specialized Ruby Comp take the ‘best bike under £2000’ crown, but it also took the overall ‘BikeRadar Women’s Road Bike of the Year’ title. We found it a blend of supreme comfort and responsive performance, a bike that’s we’d happily spend hours on, but is rapid enough to tackle a spot of racing.
The best of the rest
Fuji Supreme 2.3 women’s road bike
We liked the striking Fuji Supreme 2.3 so much we name it the runner up in our ‘best bikes under £2000’ category, and now it’s on sale at under £1,300. It’s a race-focused steed with Shimano 105 gearing and a quality Praxis crankset, and we found it accelerates brilliantly with efficient power transfer, is stable at speed and descends like a demon.
Cannondale Synapse Tiagra 6 women’s road bike
In terms of plush, comfortable miles, you’d be hard pressed to match the Synapse Tiagra 6. Built for endurance, its various features virtually eliminate road chatter, making for a supremely smooth ride. If you value a compliant ride then the Synapse is very much worth a closer look,
Trek Lexa S
This was already the cheapest bike in our lineup, but we were very impressed at just how well it performed for its price. It makes for a superb entry-level bike if you’re looking to get into cycling, with a reliable Shimano Sora drivetrain.