The heart of your bike is its frame, and if you’re looking to put together your own build, or just fancy a project to learn some new skills, we’ve found some cheap road and mountain bike frames for you to choose from.
These frames won’t break the bank and there’s something for everyone, with carbon, aluminium, and steel frames to choose from, and big discounts across the board.
Brand-X RD-01 road frameset –
A road frame and carbon fork for under £150 ? Yes please! Brand-X
This has gone up in price a touch since we last featured it, but £150 for a triple-butted alloy frame and carbon fork is still a bonkers deal.
It needs long-drop brakes, but that means plenty of room for mudguards and slightly bigger tyres. Perhaps now is the time to start on that custom commuter or winter bike build you’ve always dreamed about.
Elops Speed 500 – £79.99
Bike frames don’t come much cheaper than this. Decathlon
If you’ve come here looking for a seriously cheap bike frame, then this is it. It’s very basic, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything cheaper from any other reputable source.
At a penny under £80, it’s difficult to find anything to complain about and the matching fork is also extremely cheap too.
Not sure about riding fixed? Here are five reasons why you should give it a go.
On-One Scandal 29er MTB frame – £299.99
Cheap, cheerful and available in a lovely colour. On-One
If you’re still not sure whether to take the plunge on a 29er, this could be a good way to experiment without breaking the bank.
It’s a hardtail, so it will be a bit trickier to handle on the trails than a full suspension bike. That also means better pedalling stiffness on your way back up though, and it won’t require as much maintenance either.
Genesis Croix De Fer 853 2019 Frameset –
Buying a previous year’s model is a great way to get a top frame at a big discount. Genesis
Gravel riding is one of the hot topics in cycling right now, but not everyone can afford an expensive new bike.
If that sounds like you, this Genesis might be cheap enough to get you started on a value-packed custom build.
It’s the 2019 version of a frame that’s long been highly rated here at BikeRadar. In fact, if you need any inspiration, Matthew Loveridge just built up a 2020 version to make a slick off-road machine.
Pinarello Dogma F10 Disc frameset –
This is still an expensive frameset, but the discount is very healthy. Pinarello
Okay, so this doesn’t really qualify as a ‘cheap’ bike frame, but before you scroll angrily to the comments just take a look at the size of that discount!
Pinarellos are, sadly, rarely ever actually cheap, but with the money you save against the RRP on this frameset you could probably get a groupset, components and wheels to complete the build.
Prorace Hauser Disc carbon frameset –
Prorace’s Hauser Disc looks like it has all the mod cons you’d expect of a new race bike frameset. Prorace
Prorace might not have that certain je ne sais quoi of brands such as Pinarello, but its Hauser Disc carbon frameset does tick a lot of boxes: it’s carbon, it’s aero, it takes disc brakes and it’s red!
If you want something stealthier, it’s also available in black, but everyone knows red is faster!
Argon 18 Krypton XRoad disc frameset – £1,499 £599
This frameset from Argon may make a great adventure wagon. Merlin
With clearances for up to 32mm tyres and relaxed endurance-style geometry, this frameset from Argon 18 might be your perfect new adventure wagon.
Better still, it has a whopping 60 per cent off currently at Merlin.
Lugged Bicycle Frame Construction: third edition – £11.43
If you can’t find the perfect frame, just build your own. Amazon
If you’re just too much of a perfectionist and struggling to find the perfect frame to build up, why not make your own?