The best road bikes for under £1000

Here is the wevelo buyers guide to some of the best road bikes in the £1000 price range. Look out for a full Shimano 105 groupset and a decent carbon or alloy frame and quality finishing kit. There are plenty of excellent road bikes to be had for under a grand you just need to know what to look out for. Take a look our guide for inspiration.

Eastway Emitter R4 (Tiagra - 2017) Road Bike

Eastway Emitter R4 Tiagra Road Bike

The 2017 Eastway Emitter R4 is the perfect entry level carbon race bike with the ideal combination of comfort and performance. Whether you plan on entering your local races, or just want to clock up the miles the Emitter offers great value and performance

Key specifications

  • Full Carbon frame and tapered fork
  • Full Shimano Tiagra groupset
  • Mavic Aksium wheelset
  • Fizik Aliante saddle
  • Ritchey finishing kit

Our verdict

Quality frame and forks and well as some decent wheels and finishing kit. The Shimano Tiagra groupset will do the job until you get the itch to upgrade.

Where to buy

Price

£979.99

From

Wiggle

Price correct at time of publishing.

Merlin Fuse 105 Carbon Road Bike - 2017

Merlin Fuse 105 Carbon Road Bike - 2017

The Merlin Fuse is a great all-round carbon road bike which is equally capable of helping you complete that grueling sportive, daily commute or weekly café ride. We have carefully chosen a carbon lay-up that provides significant levels of comfort and vibration damping during long rides on unpredictable road surfaces. This frame gives a remarkably stable, balanced and smooth ride, characteristics that are all too rare with carbon bikes at this price point.

Key specifications

  • High modulus carbon frame and fork
  • Fulcrum Racing 7 LG Wheelset
  • Shimano 105 5800 groupset
  • San Marco Saddle
  • 4ZA finishing kit

Our verdict

Very well specced bike for the price. Full Shimano 105 groupset, decent wheels and full carbon frame and forks.

Where to buy

Price

£999.95

Price correct at time of publishing.

Vitus Bikes Zenium VR Disc Road Bike - 105 2017

Vitus Bikes Zenium VR Disc Road Bike - 105 2017

Disc brakes are quickly becoming a ‘must have’ for cyclists due to the supreme stopping power, which is particularly useful for your winter warrior when you’re clocking up base miles. Vitus beefed up the tyre clearance so you can run a very plush 30c tyre, meaning you can take this light and comfortable bike over gravel and loose terrain.

Key specifications

  • Disc brakes
  • Alloy frame with carbon forks
  • Shimano 105 5800 groupset
  • Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc Brake wheelset
  • Vitus finishing kit

Our verdict

This looks like a very nice bike for the money. Although it has an alloy frame, that’s by no means a bad thing. Full Shimano 105 groupset and mechanical disc brakes, and a decent set of Fulcrum wheels make this great value.

Where to buy

Price

£899.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105 Disc 2017 Road Bike

Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105 Disc 2017 Road Bike

Start out right! On anything from fast group rides to daily commutes, the Synapse’s light weight, comfortable sportive position and smooth ride will help you fall in love with cycling.

Key specifications

  • Alloy Disc Frame and Carbon Forks
  • Mostly Shimano 105 groupset
  • Cannondale finishing kit

Our verdict

Lovely look Cannondale alloy frame and carbon forks with a mix of Shimano 105 and FSA components. Mechanical disc brakes add excellent braking power. You’re paying a bit more for the brand but can’t deny the quality of Cannondale.

Where to buy

Price

£999.00

Price correct at time of publishing.

Cube Attain Pro Disc - 2018 Road Bike

Cube Attain Pro Disc - 2018 Road Bike

Comfort and lively handling are redefined by our Attain Pro. This is a true race bike, from the cable-actuated disc brakes to the 9 speed Shimano Sora transmission. You don’t need to be a racer to get the best out if, though. A frame that blends maximum comfort with safe, predictable handling ensures that every ride will be a pleasure, whether it’s a short training blast or a longer weekend ride. It’s all the bike you need to get the very best out of your riding.

Key specifications

  • Disc brakes
  • Alloy frame with carbon forks
  • Shimano Sora groupset
  • Cube wheelset
  • Cube finishing kit

Our verdict

Cube frames tend to be very good. Comfortable and very well made. Here you get a decent allow frame with carbon fork, Cube branded finishing kit and mechanical disc brakes. It’s a classy looking bike with decent components.

Where to buy

Price

£849.00

Price correct at time of publishing.