The appropriate price for a ‘good bike’ will vary a lot, depending who you ask. However, for the one thousand mark you can get yourself a bike that will feel lightweight and quick, will have quality long lasting components and would serve you well over commutes, long weekend rides, and sportives.
At £1,000 the specification you’ll get can vary quite a bit. Often, you’re choosing between a lightweight and comfortable carbon frame with slightly subpar components, and an aluminum frame with higher quality components.
What you decide to go for really depends upon your needs. Components can be upgraded, whereas a frame is very much the heart of the bike. However, if you think you’re more likely to replace the bike before you start swapping groupsets then bear in mind that the overall weight of a bike with good components fitted to alloy might actually be lower than that of cheaper parts loaded onto carbon.
To get you off to a good start in the shopping process, we’ve rounded up five bikes around the £1,000 price mark that will suit various needs…