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 –
This has gone up in price a touch since we last featured it, but under £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
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.
Not sure about riding fixed? Here are five reasons why you should give it a go.
Ridley Kanzo Fast gravel frameset –
Ridley only recently launched its Kanzo Fast aero gravel bike, so to see this frameset with 23 per cent off so soon is a bit of a surprise.
It mixes gravel geometry with aero tube sections and a one-piece bar with internal cable routing, for a gravel bike designed for fast riding over whatever the trail throws at you. You’re going to need some suitably flashy aero gravel components to finish it off though – good thing you’re saving over £600 on the frameset.
Merida One-Sixty 8000 frameset –
So this looks like a great opportunity to grab the frame and make up your own enduro rig with the spec that the frame deserves.
3T Strada Team Stealth frameset –
3T’s head-turning Strada frameset might be just the thing to build up a one-of-a-kind aero road bike. Its distinctive looks will turn heads and you’ll save on chainrings and derailleurs because its 1x configuration means that there’s one less of each to buy.
Merlin Cycles actually has quite the range of 3T frames at deep discounts, so you could get the Strada Due Team Stealth frame for the same price if you’re wedded to your little chainring.
Norco Sight C 27.5in frameset –
This carbon Norco frameset offers 150mm of travel. Pair it with a 160mm travel fork for a truly capable all-mountain ride quality. It’s dropper post compatible and we rated the Sight’s four-bar suspension when we tested the alloy Sight with 29in wheels.
Brand-X HT-01 27.5in hardtail frameset –
Another bargain option from Brand-X, the HT-01 frameset is built for 27.5in wheels and a 120mm travel fork. You get a standard sized set of component interfaces, such as a 73mm BSA threaded bottom bracket, IS brake mount and 135mm quick-release dropouts, and there’s scope to fit up to 2.3in rubber.
Pinarello Dogma F10 Disc frameset –
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!
Sadly, Pinarellos are 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. Swinnerton has a range of other Pinarello framesets discounted as well, if a rim brake F10 X-Light or a K10S is more your thing.
Prorace Hauser Disc carbon frameset –
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.
Lugged Bicycle Frame Construction: third edition – £11.43
If you’re just too much of a perfectionist and struggling to find the perfect frame to build up, why not make your own?