Top 3 Best Road Bikes Under £1000
Updated - January 14, 2020
Looking for road bikes with a budget of £1000 comes with it’s own headaches. Road bikes can cost several thousand pounds so are you getting a good bike for less than £1000? Well that’s a good question, in terms of the grand spectrum of bikes available the £1000 mark is probably high in the ‘mid-tier’ range. The bikes available for this price have good features and look sleek and well designed. Another benefit of this price range is it’s quite commonly the price range used by most riders. That means reviews are easy to come by. We’ve used a combination of first hand experience and researched reviews to compile a list of road bikes under £1000.
Please be aware this list is currently being expanded and will feature more bikes when we’re confident enough to add some to the list.
Atala SLR 200 Road BikeA beautifully designed machine with really good components so it performs as well as it looks.
The Atala SLR 200 road bike, a sporty design with real quality components.
The Atala SLR 200 road bike is a beautiful bike. It’s designed in a racing fashion and really hits the spot in terms of style and colour. The Kenisis 7005 aluminium frame is coloured in black, red ad white. It’s covered in logos and branding. The aluminium frame leads to carbon composite Kenisis forks finished in black. The bike weighs an impressively low 10.2kgs making it a good choice if you need to carry the bike up some stairs etc. The Atala SLR 200 has dropped handlebars offering a comfortable position for the riders hands. The Atala SLR 200 also has an 18 speed Shimano Sora gear mechanism that are controlled via the Shimano Sora dual action brake and gear control grips. The road bike comes with pedals with toe grips and straps so no need to purchase these separately. In terms of wheels the Atala SLR 200 comes with 28″ Byte Roubaix Radial spoked wheels with lightweight allow rims. The saddle on the SLR 200 is a padded Selle Royal sports saddle, it is a very thin saddle that still manages to achieve a high level of comfort for the rider.
The Atala SLR 200 road bike has front and rear calliper brakes and uses the dual action Shimano Sora levers to control them. The brakes are pretty high quality and the pads are better than budget ones on lower priced bikes. The brakes work well without being overly sensitive. The response of the brakes is very impressive.
The Atala SLR 200 road bike comes with road racing 700 x 23 bike tyres. These tyres are very high quality and will be good enough for all levels of riders. As they are road tyres you will be fine using the bike on the road without needing to swap for suitable tyres. Overall the tyres look great.
Ride comfort is not a huge concern with road bikes, with zero suspension it’s difficult to expect much in terms of protection from bumps and uneven terrain. When on a flat surface the bike performs really well and in reality if you stick to the roads and avoid the pot holes you’ll be fine.
What an excellent bike, it’s a beautifully designed machine with really good components so it performs as well as it looks. With so many options in this price range it’s difficult to pick and outright favourite but if speed is your thing and you want your bike to look the part then this is one of the few that would meet your expectation.
SAVA Warwinds 3.0 Road BikePhenomenal and really goes to show what you can get in terms of materials and quality.
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What a road bike! The SAVA Warwinds 3.0 road bike looks like something out of TRON. It’s grey and black design looks very futuristic. In terms of first impressions this bike ticks all the boxes.
The SAVA Warwinds 3.0 uses a high quality Japanese carbon fiber frame. This frame curves in several areas adding to the space age look of this bike. The frame is a combination of grey, black and silver with some branding on several areas. The bike weighs a cool 9.6kgs so it’s one of the lightest reviewed to date. With such a lightweight road bike you can be sure you’re not dragging extra weight with you when travelling up hills and guarantees a power efficient ride. The frame isn’t the only area of the bike that is made from carbon fiber, the fork and seat post are both carbon fiber and go to show that the bike was designed with minimum weight in mind. The dropped handlebars on the SAVA Warwinds 3.0 are made from aluminium and feature the Shimano Sora 3000 derailleur shifters linked to the Shimano Sora 18 speed derailleur gear system. This gives the rider full control over the gearing mechanism and offers smooth transitioning between gears. The SAVA Warwinds 3.0 road bike come with aluminium wheels with 40mm double walled rims. The bike does not come with pedals so you will need to source these from somewhere else. As this bike is designed for advanced users perhaps they take the position that the serious rider would not be happy with generic pedals. It’s difficult to say but well worth noting you’ll need to buy some, however don’t worry as they can be picked up for a small sum of money. The saddle provided is an ultra thin leather saddle, it’s comfortable to sit on and adjustable to allow the rider to find the best position for them. Overall the body of this bike is phenomenal and really goes to show what you can get in terms of materials used and quality components if you’re willing to part with the cash.
The brakes on the SAVA Warwinds 3.0 road bike are very responsive and offer the rider exactly what they need when engaged. The bike quickly comes to a halt due to the combination with high quality tyres on the bike. The brakes are V brakes which are a side-pull version of cantilever brakes. As they are V brakes you’ll need to keep an eye on the brake pads to make sure they’re in good condition as you go but if configured correctly and aligned centrally they should last you a long time if you avoid excessively hard braking.
This bike comes with some really nice tyres. The SAVA Warwinds 3.0 creators decided to avoid the usual pattern of providing ‘good enough’ tyres and letting the owner upgrade if they wish and instead bring Michelin 700c x 25c Dynamic Sport tyres as standard with the SAVA Warwinds 3.0 road bike. The traction on these tyres is great, they’re designed to give good grip but avoid unnecessary drag, after all this is a lightweight racing road bike after all. They achieve this aim well and respond well to corners and braking without causing the rider to work harder on flats or hills.
The saddle on the SAVA Warwinds 3.0 road bike along with the dropped handlebars combine to give the rider a very comfortable position especially when both can be adjusted to suit the individual. Road bikes aren’t great for comfort due to the lack of suspension however with these quality sports tyres, saddle and handlebars they’ve given it a good go and somewhat achieved a good ride comfort, especially on flat smooth surfaces. The fluid gear changes also help avoid unnecessary jolts when shifting gears which in turn adds again to the riders overall experience on the bike.
This bike is a favourite here, it comes with 3 years warranty on the frame and 6 months warranty on the components and is available in blue, orange or red if you’re not so keen on the grey shown here. We think it’s a winner but what do you think?
Whistle Sauk Road BikeThe Whistle Sauk Red Men’s road bike will blow your mind no matter the situation.
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This is an amazing road bike! The Whistle Sauk Red Men’s road bike will blow your mind no matter the situation. It has an absolutely sublime appearance. In terms of performance, this bike has got it all and will make a good first impression.
The Whistle Sauk road bike features a monocoque carbon frame with a carbon aero profile fork. Specification highlights include 20 speed Shimano gears comprising of Ultegra dual action STI shifters, Shimano Ultegra front and rear derailleurs, and a Shimano Ultegra 10 speed cassette.
The body also comes with Byte alloy micro adjust seat post, FSA headset, Byte handlebars and super light carbon fibre forks. This bike weighs an impressive 9.10kg on a frame size of 51cm. With such a lightweight road bike you can be certain you are not pulling extra weight with you when cycling uphill and guarantees a more efficient ride.
The Bike comes 95% assembled. Fitting of handlebars and handlebar tape will be necessary as well as adjustment of brakes and gears.
The brakes on the Whistle Sauk Red Mens road bike are very efficient and offer the rider exactly what they need when engaged. The bike quickly comes to a halt due to a combination of high quality tyres on the bike. The brakes have SA Gossamer alloy dual pivot calliper brakes with Shimano Ultegra alloy levers. As they are calliper brakes you’ll need to closely watch the brake pads to ensure they are in good condition as you go but if correctly configured and centrally aligned, they would last you a long time provided you avoid excessive hard braking.
This bike comes with some really nice puncture protection tyres. The Whistle Sauk Red Mens Road Bike manufacturers decided to avoid the usual pattern of providing ‘good enough’ tyres and letting the owner upgrade if they wish, but instead installed Schwalbe Lugano 700c x 23 tyres with puncture protection as standard with the Whistle Sauk Red Mens road bike. The traction on the tyres is solid; the threads are built to offer excellent grip while avoiding unnecessary drag, after all this is a lightweight racing road bike. They achieve this aim well and the bike responds very well to braking and corners without forcing the rider to work harder on hills or level surfaces.
The saddle on the Whistle Sauk Red Men’s road bike, together with the dropped handlebars combine to give the rider a very comfortable riding position particularly when both can be adjusted to suit the individual. Due to their lack of suspension, road bikes are not great for comfort, however with these quality sports tyres, saddle and handlebars, they have made some modifications and somewhat achieved a good ride comfort, especially on smooth flat surfaces. The flexible gear changes also help to prevent unnecessary jerks when shifting gears, which in turn improves on the overall experience of the rider of the bike.
If you are searching for a comfort and peace of mind, this a bike we would recommend, it comes with Whistle carbon/aluminium custom fork, Selle Italia XO Flow saddle with flex control technology, and a Byte micro-adjust alloy seat post. We think it is a very nice bike. What is your opinion?