Pick from three road bikes priced below £1000

Evans Cycles have released a new UK-only series of Team road bikes that are all priced below the £1000 mark.

The bikes, which are exclusive to Evans, are based around Fuji’s best-selling Roubaix custom double-butted alloy frame. They each come with a high-modulus carbon fork with an alloy steerer, and compact (34/50T) chainsets.

The entry-level Team 3.0 (£649.99, above) is fitted with a mainly Shimano Sora groupset while the Team 2.0 (£829.99, below) is predominantly next-tier-up Tiagra.

The top-level Team 1.0, (top) which retails at £999.99 and so just nips inside the limit for tax-free Cycle to Work schemes, is 10-speed 105 with FSA’s Gossamer Pro chainset, Tektro R540 brakes, and Alex ALX-200 wheels. On paper it looks excellent value for money although we’ve not yet given any of the bikes a spin.

The bikes are slightly different from Fuji’s official 2011 Roubaixs, the main distinctions being that they use a straight 1 1/8in head tube rather than the tapered version found on the Roubaix 1.0 and 2.0, and they come with FSA chainsets as opposed to Shimano models. This has allowed Evans to keep the prices down and hit the price points they wanted.

Evans are aiming the range at “selective racers or riders targeting longer days in the saddle”.”

For all the details go to www.evanscycles.com.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.