Best Road Bikes in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 27, 2018
Race like a Tour de France champion! Initially created for racing only, today road bikes are affordable for anyone. It is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to commute. Be an inspiration to everyone around, ride a road bicycle! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
FRAME SIZE
MATERIAL
WEIGHT
NUMBER OF SPEEDS
DERAILLEURS
BRAKES
WHEELS
EXTRA
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The bike comes with all required tools (Allen key and multi-spanner) for its adjustment.

CONS

You need to adjust brakes before use.

OUR VERDICT

The Barracuda Vivante Road Bike is the perfect beginner bike boasting features of more high-end models! The best price-quality ratio!

detailed parameters
FRAME SIZE

57 cm

MATERIAL

Aluminium alloy

WEIGHT

15 kg

NUMBER OF SPEEDS

21

DERAILLEURS

Shimano bar-mounted rotational shifters

BRAKES

Dual-pivot caliper

WHEELS

Rims: Alloy 700c

Tires: Kenda K-193

EXTRA

Removable pedals, Protective chain cover, Reflectors on the wheels

WARRANTY

1-year warranty + 1-year free service

PROS

This light bike is not only easy to control but also easy to carry (if needed).

CONS

You might need to get used to Shimano A050 thumb shifters.

OUR VERDICT

This sleek classy bike is the best choice for daily trips around the town or small countryside trips! It comes fully assembled.

detailed parameters
FRAME SIZE

50 / 54 / 58 cm

MATERIAL

Aluminium alloy

WEIGHT

11.8 kg

NUMBER OF SPEEDS

21

DERAILLEURS

Shimano A050 thumb shifters

BRAKES

Dual-pivot caliper

WHEELS

Rims: Alloy 700c

Tires: 700c x 25c

EXTRA

Removable pedals, Protective chain cover

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty on frame and fork

PROS

This bike with a coloured rim, a handlebar and a frame can elevate your individual style!

CONS

Only one fixed gear available.

OUR VERDICT

It's not for nothing the Vilano Rampage bike is the best seller in the UK! One of the most simple, bright, and affordable bikes.

detailed parameters
FRAME SIZE

50 / 54 / 58 cm

MATERIAL

Hi-tensile steel

WEIGHT

~15 kg

NUMBER OF SPEEDS

1

DERAILLEURS

No

BRAKES

Dual-pivot caliper

WHEELS

Rims: Alloy 700c

Tires: 700c x 28c

EXTRA

Removable pedals, Reflectors on the wheels

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty on frame and fork

PROS

It has a bright and eye-catching design that will set you apart from competitors during any race.

CONS

The bike is rather heavy (yet very stable).

OUR VERDICT

Riding on this bike, you will surely experience a lot of positive emotions! Plus, due to wide wheels, you will be able to ride on forest trails.

detailed parameters
FRAME SIZE

57 cm

MATERIAL

Aluminium alloy

WEIGHT

~19 kg

NUMBER OF SPEEDS

21

DERAILLEURS

Shimano bar-mounted rotational shifters

BRAKES

Dual-pivot caliper

WHEELS

Rims: Alloy 700c

Tires: 700c x 28c

EXTRA

Removable pedals, Protective chain cover

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

It boasts Shimano STI system that combines brake and gear shifters in one component.

CONS

It may take you some time to adjust the straps on pedals.

OUR VERDICT

Win small bike races with the Mizani Aero 500 Sports bike! It's so easy to control, to ride on and to carry!

detailed parameters
FRAME SIZE

50 cm

MATERIAL

Aluminium alloy

WEIGHT

~12.5 kg

NUMBER OF SPEEDS

14

DERAILLEURS

Shimano A070 STI dual index shifters

BRAKES

Dual-pivot caliper

WHEELS

Rims: Alloy 700c

Tires: 700c x 25с

EXTRA

Removable pedals, Protective chain cover, Quick release front wheel

WARRANTY

5-year warranty on frame only

Barracuda Vivante

Simply the Best!

Easy on the wallet, and easy on the road! We daresay you can hardly find such a quality and affordable road bike as the Barracuda Vivante! The manufacturer pays careful attention to every detail so that you could get an excellent built bike (already assembled!). This road bike has everything a beginner biker might need, and even more! At 15 kg, the bike features an aluminium frame, carbon fibre forks, and extra-light Verismo 700C alloy wheels. With such a combination of materials, bikers can be confident in bike's durability even at high speeds. And thanks to Shimano TZ30-31 21-speed system with bar-mounted rotational shifters, gears change very smoothly. The deep-section wheels are fitted with Kenda K-193 tyres, and to constantly maintain the desired level of pressure, we suggest you get a reliable bike pump.

Overall, the Barracuda Men's Vivante Road Bike is super quality and reliable bike that meets all UK and European safety standards. Plus, it comes with reflectors and a bell in order to be visible and sometimes "loud" on the road. Safety first is safety always.

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Vilano Aluminium Road Bike

Stylish Road Companion!

Bicycles have already become an integral part of our life, and many people give up urban transport and sometimes even their cars in favour of bicycles. So, if you are looking for the best bicycle to ride around the city or commute to work, we highly recommend you to consider the Vilano Aluminium Road Bike! Such a stylish and glossy black bike will certainly look fabulous on any road. Literally, every bicycle element, including the brakes and 21-speed Shimano system with silver switches on the handlebar, looks classy and chic. The model comes in three frame sizes (50, 54 and 58 cm) for people of various heights to feel as comfortable as possible on the road.

In a word, the Vilano Aluminium Road Bike is an excellent basic road bike to get you to work or college. Made with a city lifestyle in mind, the bike has mount points on the frame for a rear rack (extremely useful for different goods and shopping bags) and a water bottle. So, you are welcome to get a sports water bottle and always stay hydrated on-the-go!

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Vilano Rampage

So Simple

If you want to get a simple yet comfortable bike for riding around the city, the Vilano Rampage Road Bike is a worthy choice. Switching speed on this bike is impossible since it has a fixed gear, and it's one of the reasons why we consider this model as one of the most convenient bikes on the market. No more mess with shifters and no more confusion on how to choose a proper gear and speed! You will be fully concentrated on the road! Perhaps riding up or down a hill is not an easy task for this two-wheeler, but who expects super performance from a city road bike?! The manufacturer took care of a cyclist's safety and equipped the bike with excellent brake shifters providing smooth stops, even if they are quite sudden.

Yet, a zest of this bike is its exclusive design! This marvellous bicycle is represented in 4 unique colour solutions to highlight your style. Wide profile colourful wheels with 700C 28C tyres ensure maximum stability on the road surface and as a result - a comfortable ride. However, we suggest you get a spare pair of road bike tyres that will surely come in handy in case of a puncture. 

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Vittesse Sprint

Super Fast!

If you are not just a daily commuter but also an enthusiastic racer, the Vittesse Sprint 21-Speed Alloy Racing Bike will surely arrest your attention. At first glance, it might seem a bit aggressive with its massive "rams horn” handlebar, however, such design gives better control, so you will be able to ride more smoothly at the highest speeds. Plus, 21-speed gear system from the Shimano with comfortable shifters on the handlebar allows you to quickly choose the right gear. By the way, to make the ride even more comfortable, you can choose more suitable road bike pedals and bike seats.

The Vittesse Sprint bike boasts wide 28c tyres, and unlike models with narrower wheels, it will provide a smooth ride even on wood trails, not only on asphalt roads. The bicycle comes 90% assembled and you just need to connect pedals and adjust the seat and handlebar. It'll take you no more than 30 minutes, and ta-da! You are welcome to enjoy high-speed riding!

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Mizani Men's Aero 500

For Ardent Racers!

Undoubtedly, if we speak about a racing bicycle, here not the number of speeds plays an important role, but how fast the bike can reach full speed! So, if you want to get the better of your rivals in a race, pay particular attention to the Mizani Men's Aero Sports Road Bike 500! It has a unique handlebar design with Shimano STI gearshift system combining the braking and gear shifters in the same component. So, you won't need to change the grip to brake or increase the speed. Note that the bike has only 14 speeds, thus, you will accelerate to the maximum speed much faster in comparison to 21-speed bikes!

Additionally, we recommend you to buy such a useful device as a bike computer displaying your speed and tracking your route. Speaking of the brake system of this bike, two wheels are fitted with pivot callipers providing a maximum grip to make the process of braking as smooth as possible. Yet, the braking itself depends on how hard you press the shifters.

If you are tired of the sun blinding your eyes while riding, consider getting a pair of sport sunglasses. You know, every enthusiastic racer should have one!

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What is a Road Bike

Lately, more and more people give up public transport and sometimes even personal cars in favor of bicycles. The reasons for that vary as bikes provide so many different benefits, from being environmentally friendly to being cheaper and health-supportive in a longer perspective. They are easier to move in tight rush hour traffic, too. And remember that feeling you had when you were a kid and got your first ever bike? Remember that thrill? Your first ride and friends to race to school with, all the bittersweet memories.

Today there are so many different bikes that sometimes you do not know where to look first. Here in this review, we would like to lay out some important knowledge about Road Bikes. Road bikes were initially created for racing on smooth roads at high speed, meaning all the specs are targeted at increasing aerodynamics. For example, common for many road bikes drop handlebars allow the rider to change the body angle against the wind and consequently increase the speed. The same goes for 28"–29" rims with thin high-pressure tires. With them, you will accelerate faster. Road bikes usually feature gear shifters with high responses that make it possible to ride at 40 km per hour and faster. The frames of road bikes are light and more often than not they lack suspension as it may hinder in keeping cruiser speed. Once again, speed is the main advantage of road bikes.

When you ride at high speed, it is important to assure safety. Therefore, bike helmets are a must. And to be sure your road bicycle won't be stolen, consider buying bike locks. If you didn't buy anything of those yet or you are looking for something better, please feel free to visit respective reviews on our site.

What Features to Compare

The road bikes market is overflowing with offers so much that it's dizzying. Having this wide a selection, you may need tips as to what to consider when buying one. Let us help you.

First, look at the road bicycle Frame Size. This is the size from the bottom bracket centre to the top of the top tube (C-T) or bottom bracket centre to the centre of the top tube (C-C). When you visit a local shop, you can just try every bike present by standing over it. The important thing is for there be 2"–4" between you and the top tube. But what to do if you are shopping online? The answer is still fairly simple. You need to know your correct height and the inside leg length. With these two numbers, you can look up any reliable chart for road bike sizes and compare. Here is one such chart to save you the time:

HeightInside LegFrame Size
150 - 160 cm69 - 74 cm48 cm
160 - 165 cm71 - 76 cm
50 cm
165 - 170 cm74 - 79 cm52 cm
170 - 175 cm76 - 82 cm54 cm
175 - 180 cm79 - 84 cm56 cm
180 - 185 cm82 - 86 cm58 cm
185 - 190 cm84 - 89 cm60 cm
190 - 195 cm86 - 91 cm62 cm

Almost as important as frame size is the Frame and Fork Material. The range here is also fairly wide but the most popular are aluminum, steel, titanium, and carbon fiber frames. The material affects weight, durability, and, obviously, the price of your road bicycle. Aluminum is light yet sturdy enough, it is the leader among the buyers. Steel frames are a bit heavier but stronger than aluminum ones, and they are also quite affordable. These are the best choice for tourists. Titanium is as light as aluminum and as durable as steel but pricey. And carbon fiber is even better by both parameters, sometimes to the point where it is brittle. Also, when settling for a very lightweight road bike, keep in mind that all the accessories are to be light too. The same goes for the rider's weight — if you are tall and strong, or weigh a lot for any reason, we recommend you to place the frame strength above the light weight.

Finally, there are Groupsets that play a major role in the rider's comfort. The number of sprockets in a cassette and in a crankset corresponds to the number of available speeds. The more speed options your road bike has the more comfortable your travel will be on different terrains (you will definitely feel the change riding up or down a hill). For the gear shift to be as precise as possible, you will need good derailleurs, also called mechs, that guide the chain between the sprockets. Good brakes can save your life, therefore it is important for the brake mechanism to respond flawlessly and the brake levers to be comfortable. The most common are the calliper brakes, however, more and more road bikes today may be equipped with more powerful disc brakes (but those are not UCI-legal currently, so no UCI races with them). The gear shifters and brake levers are located on the bars and some model can have them combined, meaning the braking and the shifting are both performed with the same levers.

To obtain maximum Comfort we suggest you set the saddle height with a seat post clamp which usually is easy to adjust. The wheels contribute to the aerodynamics and speed. The generally recommended rim material is aluminium as it is lightweight and durable enough.

Sources:

1. John Higgins Road Bikes: How to Choose, REI co-op. August 12, 2015.

2. Buying a road bike - how to choose the best one for you, BikeRadar.  March 23, 2015.

3. David Arthur Buying your first road bike — everything you need to knowRoad. July 26, 2016.

4. Colin Henrys Six essential bike maintenance skills every cyclist should know, Road Cycling UK. April 20, 2015.

5. Russ Bengtson 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Road BikeComplex. June 07, 2014.

 

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