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    Best road bikes under $2.000 in 2024

    Alice Huot
    Alice Huot
    May 15, 2024 9 min
    Best road bikes under $2.000 in 2024

    What is the best road bike under $2000? Cycling can be quite pricey, and it is not just the bike itself that adds up. It is wise to budget for additional expenses like gear, helmets, pedals, mudguards... The list goes on. But to help keep costs down, we have created a list of what we believe are the top 6 budget-friendly road bikes under $2.000.

    Triban RC 520 - $1,100

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Triban RC 520

    Let's kick things off with the Triban RC 520 – an excellent choice for budget-conscious riders. Priced at $1,100, it offers remarkable value for its specifications.

    Feature

    Description

    Price

    $1,121.50

    Gearing

    Shimano 105 11-speed, providing versatility for various riding conditions

    Brakes

    Cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes, offering the power of hydraulic brakes with the affordability of cable shifters

    Geometry

    Stable and comfortable, suitable for long rides

    Women-specific version

    Available

    Weight

    Medium size weighs 10.4 kilograms

    Tire Clearance

    Allows for wider tires

    Tubeless Ready

    Tires are tubeless ready, providing the option for smoother rides and fewer punctures

    Mounting Point Versatility

    Offers versatility for adding accessories such as racks, fenders, or additional water bottles

    Featuring Shimano 105 11-speed gearing, it offers versatility for various riding conditions, and cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes. These brakes have the hydraulic reservoir housed on the caliper itself, allowing for the power of hydraulic disc brakes while using more affordable cable shifters. While they may not match the performance of true hydraulic disc brakes, they're certainly an upgrade from rim brakes, which are commonly found in bikes at this price range.

    The Triban RC 520 boasts a stable and comfortable geometry, and it's also available in a women-specific version. With a weight of 10.4 kilograms in the medium size, it is among the heavier road bikes, but given the price and specifications, one can easily overlook its weight. Additionally, with its tire clearance, tubeless ready tires and its mounting point versatility, the Triban RC 520 should be seriously considered by anyone in the market for a new road bike.

    Giant Contend 1 - $1,100

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Giant Contend 1

    Next up on the list is the Giant Contend 1 – offering excellent value for money with a price tag of $1,100 and delivering a rewarding ride with a sleek specification.

    Feature

    Description

    Price

    $1,106.91

    Groupset

    Shimano Sora 9-speed, providing smooth shifting and reliability

    Brakes

    Tektro rim-brake calipers

    Wheelset

    Tubeless-ready, offering the option for smoother rides and fewer punctures

    Tire Size

    28mm tires

    Tire Clearance

    32mm, allowing for wider tires

    Handlebar, Stem, Saddle

    Alloy construction, providing durability and reliability

    Fork

    All-carbon, enhancing ride quality and reducing weight

    Seatpost

    Alloy D-Fuse seatpost, utilizing D-Fuse technology for added comfort by flexing both forward and backward

    Versatility

    Space for larger tires and mounts for full mudguards, making it suitable for commuting or winter riding, while still providing a satisfying ride

    The bike features Shimano's well-crafted Sora 9-speed groupset, with Tektro rim-brake calipers as the only deviation. Giant includes a tubeless-ready wheelset, 28mm tires and a 32mm tire clearance, along with an alloy handlebar, stem, and saddle.

    With an all-carbon fork and alloy D-Fuse seatpost, the Contend delivers enhanced ride quality. The D-Fuse technology from Giant creates comfort for the rider while seated by utilizing the flat rear face of the seatpost, which is designed to flex both forward and backward.

    Unlike many bikes in this price range, the Contend 1 doesn’t just provide a comfortable ride; it also responds eagerly when pushed. With its space for larger tires and mounts for full mudguards, it could serve as an excellent commuting or winter bike, while still delivering satisfaction on every ride.

    Cannondale CAAD Optimo range - $1.100-$1.600

    Cannondale's CAAD Optimo range offers four entry-level road bikes, all sharing the same frame and carbon fork. The different models differ in their components and price.

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Cannondale CAAD Optimo Range

    Feature

    Description

    Frame & Fork

    All models share a lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork for optimal performance and comfort.

    Components

    - Optimo 4: $1,100, 8-speed Shimano Claris
    - Optimo 3: $1,300, 9-speed Shimano Sora
    - Optimo 2: $1,400, 10-speed Shimano Tiagra
    - Optimo 1: $1,600, 11-speed Shimano 105

    Brake Type

    Rim brakes ensure reliable stopping power, providing confidence on various terrains.

    Handling

    Stable and predictable handling characteristics make every ride enjoyable and stress-free.

    Chainstays

    Innovative 'SAVE' design minimizes vibrations, offering a smoother and more comfortable ride.

    Additional Features

    Mounting options for rear pannier rack accommodate commuting and touring needs effortlessly.

    The Optimo 4, priced at $1.100, is the most affordable option, while the Optimo 1, at $1.600, boasts the highest build specification.

    The componentry ranges from an 8-speed Shimano Claris on the Optimo 4 to an 11-speed Shimano 105 setup on the Optimo 1. All models feature rim brakes, providing ample stopping power and the bikes provide a stable and predictable handling.

    The chainstays feature a horizontally flattened section called 'SAVE,' which, according to Cannondale, acts as a form of 'micro-suspension' intended to minimize vibrations. This design enhancement leads to a smoother and more comfortable riding experience.

    Additionally the CAAD Optimo frame offers mounting options for a rear pannier rack but because of the rim brakes, fitting mudguards or bigger tires can be difficult. If you don’t need or want the larger tyres disc brakes can allow for on the road, the Optimo is a great option.

    Specialized Allez - $1,320

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Specialized Allez

    One bike you'll consistently find in lists of the best budget-friendly options is the Specialized Allez 2023, and for good reason—it's a fantastic road bike for budding racers. The latest version sees updates to this entry-level road bike from the brand, albeit with a downside of a higher price tag.

    Feature

    Description

    Model

    Specialized Allez

    Price

    $1,320.00

    Frame Geometry

    Reminiscent of the Roubaix, with slightly more relaxed geometry, longer chainstays, and a slacker head angle

    Tire Clearance

    35mm, enhancing versatility for various road conditions

    Groupset

    8-speed Shimano Claris groupset, offering reliable shifting performance

    Brakes

    Tektro mechanical disc brakes, providing consistent stopping power

    Upgrade Option

    Allez Sport: priced at $1,918.75, equipped with Shimano's 11-speed Tiagra groupset and hydraulic disc brakes, offering smoother gear transitions and enhanced braking

    Suitability

    Suitable for budding racers and enthusiasts looking for a versatile road bike

    Priced at $1,320, you'll find a frame geometry reminiscent of the Roubaix—slightly more relaxed, with longer chainstays and a slacker head angle. Combined with its 35mm tire clearance, Specialized aims to enhance the versatility of the new Allez.

    The bike comes equipped with an 8-speed Shimano Claris groupset and Tektro mechanical disc brakes. Considering its value, it's worth taking a closer look at the Specialized Allez Sport.

    While it comes at a higher price point—1,750€—you'll be getting a bike equipped with Shimano's 11-speed Tiagra groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. This means you'll experience smoother transitions between gears, potentially delaying the need for a bike upgrade.

    As a result, the Allez Sport could be an excellent choice for anyone interested in competitive racing.

    Liv Avail AR 1 - $1,320

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Liv Avail AR 1

    Ensuring your bike fits perfectly is crucial for a great cycling experience, especially considering the differences in body proportions between genders. For women, models prioritizing frame sizing and details like saddle, stem, and handlebars matter.

    Trying a bike with geometry tailored to the female body was a game changer for me, given my proportions. That's why the Liv Avail AR 1, a women-specific bike, is next in our listing.

    Feature

    Description

    Model

    Liv Avail AR 1

    Price

    $1,800.00

    Target Audience

    Women-specific bike designed with frame sizing and details like saddle, stem, and handlebars tailored to female body proportions

    Groupset

    11-speed Shimano 105, providing smooth and reliable shifting performance

    Brakes

    Disc brakes ensure consistent and reliable stopping power

    Technology

    GIANTS D-Fuse technology in handlebar and seatpost for excellent compliance

    Tire Clearance

    Accommodates up to 38mm tires, includes 32mm tubeless-ready tires

    Additional Features

    Mounting options for a rear pannier rack, suitable for light gravel paths

    Performance Claims

    Smooth on flats, agile on climbs, and confident on descents according to Liv

    Priced at 1,699€, the Liv Avail AR 1 comes in at a slightly higher budget than the previously discussed bikes. It features an 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes. Equipped with GIANTS D-Fuse technology in its handlebar and seatpost, the bike offers excellent compliance.

    The frame accommodates up to 38mm tires, allowing room for mudguards with its included 32mm tubeless-ready tires.

    Additionally, the Liv Avail AR 1 offers mounting options for a rear pannier rack. With lower tire pressure and wider tires, it can tackle light gravel paths. Liv claims the Avail AR 1 to be smooth on flats, agile on climbs, and confident on descents.

    Canyon Endurace AL 7 - $1,900

    Best road bikes under $2000 in 2024
    Canyon Endurace AL 7

    Last on our list we have the Canyon Endurace AL 7. Marketed as an endurance road bike, it boasts a sporty DNA that sets it apart. Offering exceptional value-for-money with a specification that rivals even some carbon road bikes.

    Feature

    Description

    Model

    Canyon Endurace AL 7

    Price

    $1,900.00

    Type

    Endurance road bike

    Weight (Size Medium)

    9.4kg

    Groupset

    Shimano's 12-speed mechanical 105 groupset, providing precise and reliable shifting performance

    Fork

    Fully carbon fork for lightweight and responsive handling

    Frame Features

    Tidy and seamless weld junctions, achieved through meticulous filing and sanding by Canyon, semi-integrated cable routing

    Tire Clearance

    35mm clearance, allowing for wider tires for enhanced grip and comfort on pavement, and chunkier all-road tires for off-road traction

    Mounting Options

    Possibility to mount a storage bag on the top tube for essentials

    Overall Value

    Exceptional value-for-money with a specification that rivals even some carbon road bikes



    Weighing in at 9.4kg for a size medium, it features Shimano's 12-speed mechanical 105 groupset, a fully carbon fork and is priced at 1.699€. Upon closer inspection, the frame reveals tidy and seamless weld junctions, achieved through meticulous filing and sanding by Canyon and also semi-integrated cable routing.

    The Endurace comes equipped with wide road tires for enhanced grip and comfort on pavement, while its 35mm clearance allows for chunkier all-road tires, perfect for added comfort and off-road traction.

    In terms of mounting options you have the possibility to mount a storage bag on the top tube for all your essentials. All in all the Canyon Endurace 7 remains a top contender among road bikes in its price range, offering an enjoyable riding experience.

    Best road bike under $2.000: two final tips

    Best road bike under $2.000
    Best road bike under $2.000

    Tips for finding a budget-friendly bike

    Before we wrap up, let me share one or two final tips with you. When searching for a budget-friendly bike, it's always worth considering pre-owned options. This way, you might snag a bike with higher specs than entry-level ones at a lower cost. Visit our website, buycycle.com, to find a bike that suits your requirements. Additionally, we've created a video on how to buy a pre-owned bike, which you can watch here.

    Considerations for timing and deals

    Another tip would be to consider bikes from the previous year. Many manufacturers reduce the prices of older models once the latest versions are released. Autumn is an ideal time to purchase a bike, as this is when new models hit the market. And that's a wrap! Until next time, see you out on the road!