Welcome to our guide to the best road bikes under £2,000. Bikes in this price bracket, are light, well-equipped and great value for money. We’ve spent hundreds of hours riding Tarmac and gravel roads to find the best bikes for £2,000.
Best road bike under £2,000 overall: Ribble R872 Disc 105
Best road bike under £2,000 for combining comfort and performance: Cube Attain GTC Race
Best aluminium road bike under £2,000 for versatility: Specialized Allez Sport
Best all-round road bike for practicality in UK conditions: Kinesis R2
Best road bike under £2,000 for ride quality and handling: Giant Contend SL 1 Disc
Best carbon road bike under £2,000 for value: Boardman SLR 8.9 Carbon
Best bike under £2,000 for those wanting to ride both road and gravel: Ribble CGR AL
Best road bike under £2,000 for endurance riding: Canyon Endurace 7
Best bike under £2,000 for roadies wanting to venture off-road: Tifosi Rostra Disc Tiagra
Best gravel bike that's also good for commuting on the road: Giant Revolt 0
Best women's bike under £2,000 for road and off-road riding: Liv Devote 1
Best touring bike under £2,000: Spa Cycles Wayfarer
Carbon fibre and aluminium vie for the title of most popular frame material for light weight and strength. Some people assume that carbon is always the better option but that’s not the case; there are plenty of excellent aluminium bikes out there, as you’ll see in our selection below.
Most road bikes at this price level now have hydraulic disc brakes. There are still a very few rim brake bikes available for traditionalists, but if you do opt for rim brakes over disc, often these bikes are a bit cheaper.
Loads of bikes that were in previous versions of this buyer’s guide have gone up in price in recent years, and now sit outside the cutoff. For example, the least expensive Cannondale CAAD13 that’s available in the UK comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and has an RRP of £2,250, while the most accessible Giant Defy – equipped with Shimano Tiagra – is now the £2,299 Advanced 3. Unfortunately, that means you have to dig a little deeper – or shop around – for bikes of similar quality; but the good news is that at the time of writing, there are plenty of discounts to be had. With the bike industry's inventory levels having recovered (and in some cases overstocked) following the supply chain issues we saw in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, you can often pick up past-season bargains at online retailers or distributors.
Although you can't quite get as much bike as you could a decade ago for £2,000, you still have a lot of choice at this price point. Carbon fibre frame, or the latest ultra-sophisticated aluminium? Racing geometry, more upright for comfort or something in between? How about taking to the byways and bridleways on a gravel bike? Whatever type of riding you have in mind, there’s a bike in this price range that’ll suit you perfectly. It's also worth mentioning that technology has improved compared to years gone by; so while the specification or tier of groupset and components might be lower than a decade ago, the entry to mid-level equipment has improved to match or surpass the premium-level stuff of old.
Shimano dominates the equipment selection on road bikes around £2,000. You’ll probably be looking at 10-speed Shimano Tiagra 4700, 11-speed Shimano 105 R700 or maybe the new 12-speed Shimano 105 R7100 mechanical groupset if you go with an aluminium frame. Shimano's 105 Di2 groupset and beyond are reserved for bikes priced at £3,000 or more, unless you can find a second-hand bargain.
If you want to know what more or less cash will get you, our general guide to the best road bikes with a wide selection at various price points will give you a solid understanding of what you can expect at various price points. If your budget is a bit tighter, be sure to check out our guide to the best road bikes under £1,000, and if you have a bit more cash at your disposal then our guide to the best road bikes under £3,000 is your friend. If £2k is your sweet spot though, here are our top picks. Remember we work off RRPs, so you might be very pleasantly surprised by some of the current deal prices...