Another fine choice if you’re looking to get started with a road bike, the Sabre ‘14 is lightweight, features Tektro dual pivot brakes and a Shimano A070 Tourney 2x7 Dual Control gear shifter. The wheels are easily removable thanks to a quick release switch and the seat has been specially designed to be more comfy on longer rides.
Cervelo R3 105 Silver
Boasting Shimano R500 wheels, a Shimano 105 groupset and that classic frame design from the older Cervelo models, the R3 is an impressive road bike. Cervelo claims that its unique frame design adds stiffness, that’s because it’s built around Squoval tubing, making it smaller and flatter. It weighs about 900g, which is great for the price-point.
B’TWin Triban Black 500 SE
Coming in at under £400, this bike is a great choice if you’re picking up a road bike for the first time, or are looking to save a little cash. For your outlay you’ll bag yourself a perfectly capable bike with an alloy frame and carbon forks, Microshift gear shifters and a lifetime warranty for the frame, stem and handlebar.
Bianchi Oltre XR2
Top of the range Bianchi bike that uses nanotubes to ensure the highest level of strength for tip top efficiency, along with a specially designed Carbon frame and seat that aim to give you a much comfier ride. The unique curved shape sets the Oltre XR4 apart, as does the array of high modulus carbon fibres used in the body.
Cannondale CAAD105 105
Engineered for impressive handling and accurate steering, the top bar on the CAAD 10 is specifically designed to not only give you greater control, but to also give you more space for your knees without ditching stability. Speed Save tech aims to give you a comfier ride, increasing the fork angle for greater shock absorbance.
Specialized Tarmac Comp
Perfect for sprints, climbs and everything else in between, this sleek, carbon-fibre frame packing bike is light, yet ultra-stiff. There’s a Fulcrom S4 wheelset, Shimano Utegra 11-speed drivetrain, while Rider-First Engineered tech has been developed in partnership with leading Formula 1 talent to give you a more personalised ride.
Boardman Team Carbon
What does a smidge under £1000 get you for a road bike these days? Well, in the case of Boardman Bikes – quite a lot actually. The Boardman Team Carbon is a heck of a bike, with a light-weight carbon frame where the emphasis is on comfort, so its ideal for commutes or all-day riding. It even scooped a five-star award in sister-title Cycling Plus and you can drop into Halfords to look at one.
Cannondale Synapse 5
Sister-magazine Cycling Plus' Bike of the Year 2014, the Cannondale Synapse 5 is the road bike of choice if you've got over £1500 burning a hole in your pocket. It's fully equipped with Shimano's mid-range 105 groupset, a reliable and capable mix of gears and brakes, while the low-weight of the carbon frame makes for fast progress on any road.
Canyon Ultimate CF SL
Big blokes can sleep easy thanks to internet-only bike business Canyon. Its latest mid-range carbon fibre road bike – the Canyon Ultimate CF SL - is available in a 3XL frame size (a whopping 65cm) for those 6'4” and over. It comes in a range of configurations, so whether you want the base model with 105 groupset or the Aero model for racing days, big types (and smaller ones) will find happiness here.
Price: From £1400 | Canyon
On-paper, this psychedelic-looking machine is aimed squarely at the cyclo-cross market, what with its aluminium frame that's shaped to suit off-road jaunts. But it also has some nice road-worthy features making it perfect as a commuter bike too, such as provision for mudguards and a rack, and disc brakes - a must on rainy days.
Pairing beauty with urban practicality isn't always easy to achieve, but the Hackett Cooper seems to have hit the nail on the head. The wonderfully-finished chrome-plated Reynolds 531 steel frame ensures you can take everything the roads through at you, and there's the option of single speed or fixed gear, depending on your style of riding. A leather Brooks saddle and matching grips finish things off a treat.
Kinesis Tripster ATR
Kinesis' new bike explores a niche that's become popular recently: the do it all market. ATR stands for Adventure Tour Race, which sums it up nicely. With a light but comfy titanium frame, powerful disc brakes room for bigger tyres and mudguards, it really can race, commute or tour.
Rose Xeon DX-4400
German bike-business Rose is relatively unknown in the UK, but it offers great value through its internet-only model. The DX4000 is the company's race-ready model, which features a low-weight aluminium frame and – rarely heard of on a road bike – hydraulic disc brakes. The great thing about Rose is that each bike can be customised to your needs.
Price: £1900 | Rose Bikes
Avanti Inc 3
What's the perfect commuting bike? Singlespeed? Electric? Nay, it's belt drive – offering an oil and maintenance-free ride. Avanti's Inc 3 uses a Gates CDX belt drive attached to a versatile 11-speed internal geared hub, so you can pedal without worry. It also features powerful hydraulic disc brakes, for better, more consistent stopping than cable.
Price: £1250 | Avanti Bikes
With bikes becoming more common on the streets, some people are ditching their cars altogether, and a bike like the Kona Ute makes perfect sense. Though not designed for speed, the Ute can carry a load of stuff. With an elongated pannier rack that forms a part of the sturdy aluminium frame, you can haul all sorts on this bike using the included waterproof panniers. Thankfully, when the load gets large, disc brakes help to slow you down.
Kona Road Freerange Rove
Looking more like a racer than anything else, Kona’s Rove is actually a hybrid of cyclocross and road technology. Sans the knobblytyres, the Rove is still comfortable and grippy, but faster on the roads. It features some essential componentry, including disc brakes – with a larger front for better stopping where it counts. The wheels can even be converted to tubeless when the time comes, allowing you to run without inner-tubes and enjoy the benefits of faster, easier-to-maintain tyres.
Storck Aernario Platinum
This is Storck's lightest, stiffest frame ever thanks to 'sectional aerodynamic shaping', which ensures clean airflow around the bike. Designed for mechanical or electric cabling, the Aernario Platinum gives you options, but incredible stiffness to weight ratio makes this a bike for serious road riders.
Giant Defy Advanced II
This award-winning, carbon-formed racer is designed to meet the needs of both sprinters and long distance riders alike. So it should be more than up to the task of overtaking Boris Bikes and infuriating cabbies and white van men.
This is from "101 gadgets you can't live without" in issue 220 of T3 Magazine. To see the full list get a digital or print copy here.
Charge Plug Prestige
For: Urban bohemians
Simplicity rules the day with the plug. no gears means it's maintenance-lite. Run it as a fixed-gear bike – the flip flop hub means it can run fixed or single speed – and you get a brilliant, technique-improving workout as you can't just stop pedalling when you get tired or bored…
Focus Izalco Pro 3.0
For: Serious pedal-pushers
Voted bike of the year by our award winning sister title Cycling Plus, the Pro 3.0 storms it, whether you're racing or taking on a big old challenge ride. Light, fast and comfortable, it does pretty much everything you need a road bike to do.
Price: £2,029 | Link: Focus Bikes
Pinarello ROKH Force
For: A happier spine
One thing about road bikes, the forward posture necessary to ride them effectively can play havoc with the lower back, especially on long rides. The ROKH is a little more upright, allowing riders to take some of the strain off those vertebrae without sacrificing performance and balance.
Price: £1,832 | Link: Pinarello