Amongst the cycling world there is an unofficial price structure/league table for road bikes that goes something like this:
Up to £500/600 = entry level
£600-£1k = serious bike
£1-3k = semi-pro
£3k+ = you make me sick (and very jealous).
Now we know most of you all have great bikes and know exactly what you want for your next big purchase but for those starting out, or if you get asked for advice, we’ve pulled together five of the best entry-level road bikes for under £600 to suit every budget. All prices are correct at time of publishing and, as with every road bike, we can take it as read that all of these are ‘lightweight frames’.
1. Ribble 7005 Sportive Tiagra – from £559.99
As with anything Ribble, this is a fully customisable bike from the wheels to the stem to the headset spacer. For the price, it offers a huge amount of versatility and strength whilst remaining a great first roadbike for those looking at the top end of the entry budget. Carbon forks, Shimano groupset and a Selle Italia saddle have this chap oozing in style.
2. Vitus Razor VR road bike- £449.99
An all rounder when it comes to performance and ability, this Vitus builds upon the brands great pedigree and history. With mudguard addition options and a carbon bladed fork with alloy steerer to reduce road buzz this really is one for the street, peloton or long winter rides. You just need to get out on it!
3. Giant Liv Avail 4 2016 - £525 – GIRLS ONLY!
The women’s range at Giant, known as Liv, offers up some seriously good options for the fairer sex and the Avail 4, remodelled for 2016, is one of the best around. It’s aluminium frame means it’s a versatile bike with great endurance positioning. It handles amazingly with a PowerCore bottom bracket for greater pedalling ability. Note to self - top 5 women’s road bikes list needed!
4. Mekk Pinerolo AL ZR 2015- £357
A well loved and respected brand offering up something that everyone can get on board with. An MU carbon fork alloy steerer and Saturae wheels make this another ‘perfect entry level’ road bike. White and black with a red trim and with those super smart white handles this is a bike that belies its price tag. Buying it from Wiggle also means that you get their expert techy hands on it tightening it all up before you hop on.
5. British Eagle Revival Men’s Road Bike - £224
A bike for under £300? Well we cater for all budgets and for under £300 this rides like a dream. It also looks stunning with its retro colouring and overall look so suits the hipster as much as at it will the triathlete. Comes with toe-clip pedals to ease you in to cleats and it comes apart to fit in an average car for race day/when you can’t be bothered!
Well, that should have whetted your appetite for a new ride and given the Christmas list a few ideas; both buying and asking for! We should say however that these are only five that we rattled off the top of our heads at OTR HQ and we know that there are hundreds more that could be on the list. We’ll keep an eye out for any new entry-level bargains for you and will be producing our £600-£1k and £1-3k list, along with the women’s only list soon.