Although prices of just about everything just keep on going up, getting your hands on one of the best gravel bikes doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, with the explosion in gravel riding, there’s now a great choice of gravel bikes at all price points. Here's our roundup of the best gravel bikes under £1,000.
Best gravel bike under £1,000 overall: Vitus Substance V-2
Best value gravel bike under £1,000: Cannondale Topstone 3
Best all-round entry-level gravel bike under £1,000: Boardman ADV 8.6
Best 650B-wheeled gravel bike under £1,000: Kona Rove AL 650 SE
Cheapest road.cc recommended gravel bike: Claud Butler Primal
Best gravel bike under £1,000 for speedy riders: Cube Nuroad
Most innovative gravel bike under £1,000: Rondo RUUT AL 2
Best British gravel bike under £1,000: Forme Monsal 2.0
Best gravel bike frame and fork under £1,000: Sonder Camino AL frame and fork
What will you get for your money when spending under £1,000 on a gravel bike? When it comes to the frame, you’ll be looking at aluminium. This might not be as light as carbon but it can still delivers a comfortable and fast ride, and carbon fans can take comfort from the fact many gravel bikes under £1,000 feature carbon forks to smooth out the bumps.
The best gravel bikes for under £1,000 will, of course, employ similar geometry to the best carbon gravel bikes, which means generous tyre clearance and a design that’s generally more stable than that of the best road bikes. Numerous mounts come as standard for bottle cages and storage, while the handlebars are often flared or greater comfort. Gearing will be mechanical (you'll rarely see electronic gears appearing on bikes under £3,000 nowadays) and you're likely to get between nine and 18 gears.
As previously mentioned, if you're after better components or a carbon frame but you're still on a tight(ish) budget, then one of the best gravel bikes under £2,000 might be a good place to start your search. If you're after an electric gravel bike, unfortunately your budget will need to extend quite a way beyond a grand.
Here’s a selection of the best gravel bikes for under £1,000 chosen by the road.cc team…