Keep cycling when the weather turns with our favourite winter road bikes.

Having a winter road bike is definitely a bonus but for most serious cyclists, it’s a must. There’s no need to wreck your Sunday best when you have a capable workhorse to get you through the cold, wet months.

There’s a lot to look out for when it comes to choosing the right bike. Space for wider tyres, the ability to fit mudguards, disc brakes and a lower-specced groupset than your best bike. A winter road bike is perfect for allowing you to ride through the year without worrying about the cost of expensive chains, wheels and cassettes.

Get the right bike and you’ll hardly tell the difference in speed and ride quality. Even if you can, a heavier bike during the winter months can only make you enjoy your summer bike even more and may even make you a stronger rider.

We’ve picked five of our favourite winter road bikes to keep you up and running this winter.

Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc Winter Road Bike

The lightweight aluminium Vitus Zenium Disc is a road bike that’s designed for those long-haul rides, a perfect blend of comfort and performance that offers a great all-around riding experience whatever your biking demands. The Zenium workhorse credentials are supported with hidden tabs for mudguard fitment, allowing more comfort for winter training or just keeping drier for commuters. With tyre clearance up to 28mm wide tyres, the Zenium offers great all round, all road capabilities.

Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc Winter Road Bike

Key specifications

  • Weight: 9.05kg
  • Superlight 6066 Triple butted SL frame
  • Full carbon forks
  • Flat mount disc brakes with bolt thru axles
  • Flat profile seatstays for a comfortable ride
  • Tyre clearance for up to 28c
  • Mudguard and read rack mounts
  • Internal Cable Routing
  • Shimano 105 Groupset

What we say

The Vitus Zenium is a very well equipped bike and everything you’d need as far as winter road bikes go. The aluminium frame, carbon forks and quality Shimano 105 groupset combine to make a well thought out and capable package. The Zenium also comes with full mudguard and rear rack mounts and disc brakes, making it a super versatile winter road bike. At around 9kg it’s no heavyweight either.

Where to buy

Price

£1,039.99

From

Wiggle

Ribble CGR SL Winter Road Bike

Designed with meticulous attention to detail to handle the toughest roads, terrain and weather conditions, and built around a state of the art Carbon fibre frame. Compatible with multiple wheel and tyre options, and a wide array of customisation options to build into a superlight Sunday best road bike, the complete Adventure bike, or the ultimate daily commuter.

Ribble CGR SL Winter Road Bike

Key specifications

  • Internal cable routing
  • Compatibility with up to 650x47c tyres
  • Full mudguard compatibility and rear rack mounts
  • Shimano 105 Hydraulic Groupset
  • Mavic Aksium Wheelset
  • Schwalbe G One Tyres
  • Prologo Kappa RS Saddle

What we say

Ribble have recently released some really nice looking bikes and the CGR SL is the pick for me. It’s designed as an all-terrain bike and can take 650b wheels with huge 47c tyres as well as full mudguard and rack mounts. The frameset is carbon and comes complete with a Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brake groupset for better performance all round. We’ve picked the 105 groupset option, but there are cheaper and more expensive builds. If I had not recently bought a new do it all bike, I’d have gone for this. It’s a beauty!

Where to buy

Price (105 Build)

£1799

From

Ribble

Orro Terra C 5800 Hydro Disc Winter Road Bike

Terra is Latin for earth, and that’s the first clue as to this bike’s intentions. Orro’s Terra range is designed and built in Britain to dissect the land, from the city to the countryside and everything in-between. Aspiring for race-grade lightness, the Orro Terra C models use a proprietary carbon fibre blend that includes Innegra reinforcement, giving an incredible strength-to-weight ratio and high vibration absorption. A low bottom bracket, full mudguard & luggage rack mounts, massive 42mm tyre clearance and built-in Di2 compatibility lend the Terra C incredible stability & versatility.

Orro Terra C 5800 Hydro Disc Winter Road Bike

Key specifications

  • Carbon frame with Innegra fibres – lightweight, strong & high impact-absorption
  • Orro Gravel Lite fork – responsive steering with thru-axle wheel retention
  • Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset
  • Fulcrum Racing Sport DB wheelset
  • Finished with 3T & Prologo parts – quality in every component

What we say

Orro is a British company based not too far from us, near Brighton and has some great bikes that offer good value, performance and style. The Terra C is a do it all road bike that’s perfect for winter riding. Designed with the UK’s roads in mind, it can take huge tyres, making it more comfortable and takes full mudguards and racks. The rest of the components are quality with Shimano hydraulic disc groupset and thru-axle compatible Fulcrum wheels. On paper, it’s a fantastic bike. I’ve seen many of Orro’s bikes on the road and they do look great.

Where to buy

Price

£2099.99

From

Tredz

Cannondale CAADX 105 2019 Cyclocross Bike

Serious do-it-all versatility meets serious ‘cross racing capability. With a lightweight, smoothriding frame and the same traction, fit and handling as the SuperX, CAADX is the ultimate “race on Sunday, commute on Monday” all-around adventure machine. The perfect first cyclocross bike, back-up pit bike, versatile super-commuter or all-road adventurer. Subtle rack mounts, a removable seatstay mudguard mount and hidden fork mudguard mounts expand its usability without affecting its racy looks.

Cannondale CAADX 105 2019 Cyclocross Bike

Key specifications

  • CAADX Disc SmartForm C2 Alloy Frame for stiff but light constuction allows you to convert more of your power into speed
  • Cannondale Ultra Full Carbon Fork is engineered to flex to absorb shock and vibration
  • Shimano 105 22 Speed Drivetrain for super fast, light and accurate shifting
  • Shimano 105 Hydraulic Disc Brakes give powerful, controllable and consistent stopping power with less effort
  • Schwalbe Rapid Rob 700 x 35c Tyres for the fastest speed on a variety of surfaces

What we say

Cyclocross bikes often make excellent winter road bikes due to their large tyre clearance and no-nonsense reliable framesets. A lot of them, including the Cannondale CAADX come with mounts for mudguards and racks, making them perfect winter companions. This model comes with mostly Shimano 105 hydraulic disc groupset components, knobbly Schwable tyres for extra grip on tracks. Given that it’s a CX bike, you’ve also got the perfect excuse to get muddy at a CX race at the weekend!

Where to buy

Price

£1400

Focus Paralane Ultegra Di2 Disc Winter Road Bike

A comfortable road bike with capabilities that extend beyond the tarmac, the Focus Paralane Ultegra Di2 Disc Road Bike is equipped with high-grade componentry and benefits from a strong and tough carbon fibre construction. Keeping the weight low, this frame’s carbon fibre is arranged in accordance with Focus’ C.I.A Comfort Improving Area technology, engineering compliance into the frame to help keep you smooth and fast over longer rides.

Focus Paralane Ultegra Di2 Disc Winter Road Bikes

Key specifications

  • Clearance for 35mm tyres
  • Integrated Comfort Improving Areas (C.I.A) for better feel
  • Full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset
  • Disc brake equipped
  • Through axles for top rigidity
  • Quick mounting mudguards

What we say

The Focus Paralane is a top of the line do it all bike. As far as best and winter road bikes go this could be all the bike you need. Huge tyre clearance for a comfy ride, thru axle compatible Mavic wheelset and the excellent Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic groupset makes this bike ready for anything. It even has fittings for full-length mudguards with the help of the removable rear bridge. This is not just a bike for winter, it could be the only bike you need all year round.

Where to buy

Price

£3,499.99