Best Road Bikes Under £500

Top 6 Best Road Bikes Under £500 (October 2020)

Updated - October 1, 2020

So you’re looking for the best road bikes under £500? With a budget of £500 it’s possible to find a good road bike. A road bike that will hopefully last several years and need minimum maintenance due to its quality and design.

Lightweight

£500 allows us to start looking at carbon composite bike frames. This reduces the weight of the road bikes even further. We will also consider branded tyres and brake systems.

Lightweight road bikes will be our main focus as aluminium and carbon fibre frames will become more apparent with a budget of £500. We only consider a bike that offers value for money, great performance when compared to other bikes within the £500 groupset.

Brakes

Disc brakes are something that £500 allows us to consider. However models that use racing technology such as front and rear disc brakes may make use of bottom bracket features elsewhere to maintain their price point and remain a considerably cheap road bike.

Carbon Fibre

Carbon fibre isn’t a deal breaker at the £500 budget. We want to choose the right brakes, frame and handlebars to make our cycling enjoyable all the time. Especially if you spend time long times riding on a range of different roads and race tracks.

Summary

Balancing a road bikes value for money against its endurance and specialised design can make getting the road bikes specification a difficult job. You can expect the best road bikes under £500 to be comfortable. This is because they’re lighter and more durable than the lower tier ‘cheap road bikes’. You can also expect the best examples to come with aluminium frames and front full carbon fork.

After all the latest road bikes have been designed to ride quick while maintaining comfort regardless of speed.

Alloy wheels might become affordable with some of the best cheap road cycling options around our guide price. Steel is solid but isn’t as lightweight. Full carbon fibre would be the dream however might not match out price point.

Hopefully the list below will give you some indication of the best road bikes under £500 on offer and what great value bikes you can get for your money.

Best Road Bikes Under £500 - Top 6
    1. Vitesse Sprint Unisex Road Bike - Perfect entry level bike on a budget.
    2. Critical Cycles Fixed-Gear Road Bike - A brilliant bike with a very cool design.
    3. Vitesse Sprint Road Bike - This is one of the best looking bikes on the market.
    4. FabricBike Commuter Hybrid Bike - This hybrid road bike really does look the part. We particularly like the frame design, how the top bar curves and thins at the same time. FabricBike have made a great looking commuter bike here.
    5. Ammaco Madrid City Bike - This is a great all rounded bike. Great on different terrains and perfect to get from A to B and even longer rides.
    6. Cheetah 3.0 Fixed Gear Road Bike - Everything about the bicycle is just right for commuting on a fairly flat route

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Vitesse Sprint Unisex Road Bike

Vitesse Sprint Unisex Road Bike

  • ✔ Shimano Claris STI 24-speed shifters
  • ✔ Lightweight and aerodynamic
  • ✔ Professional race bike without the pro pricetag
  • ✔ 55.5cm alloy race frame
Perfect entry level bike on a budget.

The Vitesse Sprint Unisex road bike is very eye catching. It’s an alloy framed road bike that looks like a racing bike.

When you look at a budget road bike you’re not always expecting to see a beautiful designed bike. The Vitesse Sprint Unisex road bike is an exception to that rule. The bike comes in a beautiful metallic colour with white streaks throughout. The frame weighs in at 14.5kg and is significantly chunkier than the average road bike. The handlebars are ergonomically designed for comfort and offer mounted rotational gear shifters to allow the rider an easy way of shifting gears quickly and fluently. The Vitesse Sprint Unisex road bike comes with 24″ wheels in a chrome colour. These wheels are not quick release. The road bike comes with chrome pedals included so no extra pedals needed to get up and running. The saddle comes in black and is well received with previous owners reviews and is easily adjustable to allow you to find your perfect setup. The bike comes with 21-speed Shimano gears so you’re well prepared for any kind of journey regardless of incline.

The Vitesse Sprint Unisex road bike comes with a front and rear dual pivot calliper braking system. This offers the rider exceptionally responsive braking when engaged. The brakes have been reviewed to be quite sensitive however this can be adjusted to your preference. The Brakes last years with minimal attention needed (depending on your usage) so this bike seems like a good option if you’re looking for a bike that needs very little maintenance.

The bikes comes with slimline 700c x 28c silver lined tyres. These offer a great combination of grip and aerodynamics. Previous owners have reported good experiences with these tyres and are quite happy with their performance, durability and traction.

The bike rides very comfortably on smooth surfaces, however current owners report poor comfort on bike trails. This is expected as it is road bike rather than off road bmx or mountain bike.

Overall this bike is a very strong, durable bike. It is a great option if you’re looking for a bike that will last you several years without costing a fortune. The bikes design is very appealing and has similarities to racing bikes rather than conventional road bikes.A great road bike well worth considering.

Critical Cycles Fixed-Gear Road Bike

Critical Cycles Fixed-Gear Road Bike

  • ✔ Steel Frame
  • ✔ Double Walled Stainless Steel Rims
  • ✔ Low Profile BMX Pedals
  • ✔ Bullhorn Handlebars
A brilliant bike with a very cool design.
  • Premium handbuilt steel fixed gear single speed track frame with barspin clearance, water bottle mounts, no toe overlap, and horizontal drop outs
  • Super deep-V double wall rims with stainless steel spokes and flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease
  • Low profile VP Platform BMX pedals, sealed bottom bracket, wander tires, KMC chain, Promax brake, 3 PC crank, and lightweight alloy chain wheel
  • Pursuit bullhorn handlebars with soft Kraton rubber grips for ultimate comfort and urban comfort saddle
  • Comes 85% built, comes with the tools you need to build and maintain your bicycle

The Critical Cycles Fixed-Gear road bike has two rare and someone unique features that are worth noting on this review. The bullhorn handlebars are an interesting design and really does remind me of bull riders. You feel like you’re riding on top of this bike which I suppose is like any other and yet it is somewhat different. The other is the low profile BMX pedals. We can’t quite put our finger on the reason why these particular pedals were decided upon however they are nice and the ridges and grooves grip to your cycling shoes nicely.

The Critical Cycles Fixed-Gear road bike comes with Wander tyres a KMC chain, Promax brakes and lightweight allow chain wheel. All in an attempt to keep this bike light and nimble.

We think as a beginners bike, it’s a great option. It has a ton of positive reviews and so we give it a huge thumbs up.

Vitesse Sprint Road Bike

Vitesse Sprint Road Bike

  • ✔ Shimano Claris STI 24-speed shifters
  • ✔ Lightweight and aerodynamic
  • ✔ A professional bike without the pro pricetag
  • ✔ Unisex road bike
This is one of the best looking bikes on the market.

Vitesse have done it again with yet another well designed, beautiful looking road bike. From it’s impressive shape to the terrific colours used across the entire frame of the bike it’s got to be one of the best looking bikes on the market.

The Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike has a design inspired from racing bikes and offers an impressive 22.5″ red alloy frame. The frame’s colour is very appealing and has dashes of black and white to offer a professional racing design to the bike. The bike weighs 13.6kgs so is slightly lighter than the quick common 14kg mark and comes with black handlebars. The handlebars are fitted with Shimano mounted rotational gear shifters providing access to the 21 speed Shimano gear system. The wheels on the Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike are black and silver. They are made of alloy and feature deep profiled rims to make the bike even lighter. The bike comes with plastic black pedals so no need to buy these separately. The Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike also comes with a ‘comfort saddle’ Vitesse pride themselves on this saddle being super comfortable and therefore offers the rider ease towards completing long journeys. Vitesse have installed high quality Shimano gears and shifters to allow the rider to perform gear changes smoothly and effectively with little or no interference between gears.

The Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike has front and rear dual pivot calliper brakes installed. These brakes are very responsive and quite sensitive to the riders touch. They can be configured to avoid unnecessary wear to the brake pads and this is something you should do as soon as you receive your bike. This will help prolong the lifetime of the brakes provided with the bike and avoid you needing to replace them sooner rather than later.

The Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike has been fitted with slick tyres to help the road bike cruise along with minimal effort. There is a trade off between less resistance and less traction however this bike still offers enough grip to the road in the case that you need to stop the bike quickly or change direction promptly. The tyres are fast rolling 700c x 28c silver line tyres and have been well received with current riders of the Vitesse Sprint men’s road bike.

The combination of high quality tyres and a comfortable seat means the ride quality of this bike is very high. It’s one of the best in it’s price range. Road bikes are not known for being particularly comfortable, especially at the low end of the price spectrum however this bike surpasses these stereotypes and delivers a comfortable ride.

The Vitesse Sprint is a strong contender in the field of below £500 road bikes. It is surprisingly comfortable, offers impressively high quality components and has a very professional looking design and use of colour. This bike ranks very highly in it’s competitive market.

FabricBike Commuter Hybrid Bike

FabricBike Commuter Hybrid Bike

  • ✔ Twist Shifters Ad Tektro ML520 Ergonomic Brake Levers
  • ✔ 8 Speed SRAM Shift Levers
  • ✔ Newly Designed WTB Comfort V Saddle
  • ✔ Tektro M280 Disc Brakes
This hybrid road bike really does look the part. We particularly like the frame design, how the top bar curves and thins at the same time. FabricBike have made a great looking commuter bike here.

A versatile hybrid urban bike ideal for commuting, building fitness, and exploring your local roads. Flat upright handlebars complement a more aggressive frame design for a comfortable and speedy ride. Built on a durable and lightweight 4130 chromoly steel frame set that is stronger than aluminium and can absorb more road vibrations. The frame set includes rack and fender mounts for hauling groceries or heading to work.

TheWTB Slick 700x32c tires minimise rolling resistance and provide cornering grip and water dispersion. Extra comfortable WTB cushioned saddle with broad sit bone support. Equipped with SRAM 8 speed to be fast on the road or to hustle up a sudden incline in style. The FabricBike can stop quickly as it’s got Tektro M28 low-maintenance mechanical brakes for precise all-weather stopping power.

Here is an happy customers review of the FabricBike Commuter

“A very well made bike with quality parts. Great to ride and zippy. Feels very responsive on the road.”

Ammaco Madrid City Bike

Ammaco Madrid City Bike

  • ✔ Rear Cargo Rack
  • ✔ Kickstand
  • ✔ Front And Rear Mudguards
  • ✔ 7 Speed Gearing System
This is a great all rounded bike. Great on different terrains and perfect to get from A to B and even longer rides.
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  • Hi-Tensile Steel Frame
  • Hi-Tensile Steel Front Forks
  • Front & Rear Alloy V-Brakes
  • Microshift 7 Speed Thumb Shifter
  • Shimano Tourney Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano TZ-500 7 Speed Cassette
  • Single Ring Chainset W/Double Guard
  • Sprung Comfort Saddle
  • Steel Sprung Pannier Rack
  • Full Length Mudguards
  • Alloy Wheel Rims
  • Centre Kickstand
  • 700 x 38c Tyres
  • Wheel Size: 700c
  • Colour: Matte Black

The stylish and handy Ammaco Madrid Mens Hybrid Bike provides everything you need, whether its roaming around the countryside or making your daily commute, the Madrid has it all; its 7 speed Microshift gears ensure any hills you may face will be a breeze. The included pannier rack makes your commute that bit easier, just attach your pannier bag and away you go!

Another Ammaco bike for our ever growing collection. Not many bike providers cover so many budgets. The Madrid city bike is one of their low cost bikes, allowing individuals with a lower budget to still get hold of a decent bike that’s solid enough to get your to and from work or the shops when needed.

Although this price range doesn’t allow for aluminium bikes you can rest assured that even Ammaco’s steel bike frames aren’t particularly heavy weighing in at 15.9Kg. The Madrid has a comfy padded seat, responsive V brakes and 7 speed thumb shifters.

Some additional luxuries that make it a city bike include the rear storage rack. You’re able to carry your bag or coat on the rear of the Ammaco Madrid rather than having to wear them. Over long journeys when the suns out in the day, yet you need your coat for the evening ride, it can be annoying having to wear your coat. The storage rack means you don’t have to.

The Madrid also comes with a kickstand which is great for when you’ve come to a stop and want to rest the bike so you can do whatever else is the priority at the time. Gone are the days of checking your phone while balancing your bike between your legs or resting it up against a nearby wall. Kick out the kickstand and you’re good to focus on something else.

The front and rear mudguards are a particular favourite with our team here. Many ride to work regardless of the weather (within reason). You can always tell who has and more importantly who hasn’t got mudguards. If it’s raining outside you can be sure that certain members of the team will arrive looking like they’ve taken a detour through a shallow river. Yep, we like mudguards.

Overall, this bike deserves to be on our list due to it’s value for money. Many will advise you to spend more on a city bike, especially if it’s for work rather than a hobby or pastime. If that’s not an option for you then you certainly should consider the Ammaco Madrid city bike.

Cheetah 3.0 Fixed Gear Road Bike

Cheetah 3.0 Fixed Gear Road Bike

  • ✔ Powder coated frame and components
  • ✔ Hand spoked wheels
  • ✔ Chain adjusters: Integrated stainless steel bolts
Everything about the bicycle is just right for commuting on a fairly flat route
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It’s a very good bicycle, highly recommended. A well designed bike, with the brand cheetah, very fast and very light ( approximately 10kg). Components are all solid and the frame is nice and light. Available in a range of colours and sizes you should definitely consider this bike if you’re looking for a new road bike.

The bike comes part-assembled in a large box and can take about 30 mins to put it together. Instructions are mostly clear. Note however that you may need a few tools to put it together – in particular a range of different sized Allen Keys. The Presta valves on the tires can reportedly take a bit of fiddling before they inflated – Pro Tip – Push the tops of the valves down in order to pump air through them if you’re having problems. It looks a really great bike when it’s all good to go. Those who’ve never ridden a fixid gear bike before love how light it is and no-fuss to ride. However it probably puts more strain on your knees than geared bikes.

  • powder coated frame & components
  • frame 21″ & fork: hi-ten steel, 28.6mm slim tube design in blue colour
  • headset: NECO H855 with tapered bearings
  • tires: KENDA Kwest K193, 700C x 28C
  • rims: 42mm deep V, double wall aluminium
  • hand spoked wheels
  • hubs: SHUNFENG, high flange, sealed bearings
  • flip-flop: 17T chrome plated fixed gear & 16T freewheel
  • bottom bracket: VP BC-73, sealed bearings, 110.5mm
  • crankset: LASCO anodised Fi series, 46T 170mm
  • chain: KMC Z410
  • chain adjusters: integrated stainless steel bolts
  • pedals: VP-536 flat BMX series
  • foot straps: nylon with velcro and reflector
  • brake calipers: PROMAX RC-469
  • brake levers: PROMAX 249, two finger – quick action
  • cables: JAGWIRE with PVC removable clamps
  • handlebars: JBD aluminium riser bars, 500mm x 50mm
  • stem: PROMAX BA-96 BMX block
  • seat: vinyl with PROMAX clamp and 25.4mm post

What's the best road bike I can get for £500?

With a £500 budget we think you’re in the right place. This list holds all the bikes that we recommend after researching lots of sources, reviews and articles. We only put the bikes that we feel ‘hit the spot’ into our review lists so you can be sure you’re looking at some great road bikes if you’re in the market to buy.

What To Expect

With a road bike budget of £500 we’re starting to enter the realm of semi-professional road bikes. We can start to enhance our expectations and hope for low weight bike frames and high quality components. We’ve got several mid tier bikes on offer in this list each with a selection of premium features. We can start to expect some of the features seen on the bikes in the list best road bikes under £1000.

Quality

As said above, the materials used when we have £500 on the table are better, lighter and more responsive than in the budget range. Specialised road bike types start to appear in our list including racing and touring road bikes. Each offering advantages to the rider and fulfilling specific tasks better than others.

Common Features

Many of these road bikes come with racing elements. Some have racing saddles for rider comfort. Some provide racing styled drop handlebars in order to provide comfortable hand positions for the rider. Some of the road bikes listed here go all out and provide a completely ‘racing’ look and feel the bike.

Additional Features

Some of the additional features of this range of bikes include double walled alloy rims, offering enhanced strength to the bikes wheels while maintaining a low weight. Sports saddles are also very common with these bikes providing the riders with higher levels of comfort compared to their budget counterparts. Many come with little extras like luggage storage, bottle holders or pedal straps.

Is It Worth It?

Absolutely, when we look at the increase in quality we see in comparison to some of the lower priced road bikes it’s definitely a case of ‘if you have the money, get the higher quality bike’.

What are the best road bikes for the money?

This is a very difficult question, simply because ‘for the money’ could mean any price range. We’ve done our best to split the price ranges into individual pages filled with the road bikes that we think are the best options on the market right now. We update these lists regularly and do our best to make sure we only provide reviews for bikes that are readily available.

What are the best road bikes for beginners?

Beginners are sometimes inclined to get the cheapest option available to them. After all, they’re not sure this is something they will continue or even enjoy in the first place. Our most appropriate advise in this situation is that although investing huge amounts is not advisable, if you were to get the cheapest bike on the market it may cause your experience to be worse than if you were to get a well reviewed ‘beginners’ model reviewed by those that know the industry well. We’d highly recommend you take a look at some of our cheaper price road bike review lists before making a decision on what to choose. That way at least you know that the bike you choose is good enough that is has at least made it onto our list. We update these lists regularly so you can be sure you’ll find the best bikes on the market within these lists.

Are cheap road bikes any good?

The definition if cheap is important in this answer. If by cheap we simply mean the the road bike doesn’t cost a huge sum of money, then it is possible that this bike could still be quite good. Although if the bike isn’t costing you that much and the seller is to make a profit, the components must be collectively cheaper than the price you pay for the item. If however the definition of cheap is directly aimed at the component and materials used then more often than not a cheap road bike is not a good investment. We recommend viewing our ‘Best Road Bike’ product reviews for every budget to make sure you find a bike that is less ‘cheap’ and more of a ‘bargain’.

What is a good price for a road bike?

Road bikes much like cars, come in all sorts of models, designs and finishes. Many have technological and engineering adaptations that can add hundreds if not thousands of pounds to the price tag. A good price for a road bike is one that falls within your budget yet provides you with a bike that is better than all the others also within your budget. A vague answer I know, but as specific as can be for the question at hand. We only put road bikes on our review lists that we feel are good enough to be deemed the best in their market. Take a look one of our road bike review lists that suits your budget.

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