Is it your intention to achieve your greatest results during the 2016 season? Well, with all the hard work we know you’re going to put into your training, then surely you deserve a shiny new bike to help you smash those goals.
Two-grand is, we’ll admit, rather a lot of money to spend on a bike. And if it’s not in your price bracket, don’t despair, we’ve got eight £1.5k-£2k bikes here, and a sub £1.5k round up coming soon. However, as the saying goes, ‘the bike on top of the car should always be worth more than the value of the car’, and if you’re anything like us you’ll be spending more time behind the bars than behind the wheel, anyway.
When you spend over £2,000 on a bike you can expect some pretty high end spec – more than likely carbon (unless you particularly wanted alloy or titanium), Ultegra or similar level groupset and some fancy features such as aerodynamic tubing and integrated brakes. You may even get lightweight or aero wheels, though many bike brands still use entry level hoops on the expectation you’ll upgrade at this level.
All of these elements will culminate to create a ride quality that will be notably different to that of a more value orientated bike. And if you’re spending hours and hours on the bike, that extra ‘zing’ is kind of worth it.
Here are seven stunning bikes that might leave a dent in your bank balance, but will certainly bolster your motivation at the same time…
Liv Avail Advanced Pro – £2,599
Liv have showed a clear dedication to creating bikes that women want to ride – branching out with their own brand alongside Giant. All Liv bikes are designed for women from the ground up, with their own geometry.
The Avail Advanced Pro is a high performance endurance bike. That means that whilst the frame is lightweight and the spec Ultegra, this is a bike for the mile munching sportive queens as opposed to those seeking a race ready machine (such as the Liv Envie).
An endurance or sportive focused bike will favour compliance – a springy frame that means you can ride smoothly over lumps and bumps in comfort. In this case, the D-Fuse seatpost helps to reduce vibrations, but you still get a ‘PowerCore’ bottom bracket to ensure optimum transfer of your efforts.
Like many endurance bikes these days, this one has disc brakes – and here you get Shimano hydraulics fitted around Giant SLR1 disc wheels with a slightly deeper rim for aerodynamics, and comfortable, safe handling 25c tyres that will travel well around corners and over gravel.