If you’re planning to get out onto the tarmac for sport, fun, or just getting from A-to-B, now’s the time to invest in one of the best road bikes under £3000.
Best road bike under £3,000 for endurance: Giant Defy Advanced 3
Best road bike under £3000 with an aluminium frame: Cannondale CAAD13 Disc 105
Best road bike under £3000 for value: Cube Attain GTC SL
Best road bike under £3000 road bike specifically for women: Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1
Best road bike under £3000 for balancing stiffness and comfort: Orro Venturi Evo 105
Best steel road bike under £3000: Fairlight Strael 3.0 105
Best sub-£3000 aluminium-framed road bike for handling: Specialized Allez Sprint Comp
Best titanium-framed road bike under £3000: Van Nicholas Ventus
Best road bike under £3000 for speedsters: Giant Propel Advanced 2
Best road bike under £3000 for all-round efficiency: Merida Reacto 6000
Best road bike under £3000 for combining endurance and performance: Van Rysel EDR CF 105 Disc Road
Best road bike under £3000 for combining stiffness and comfort: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Carbon Disc 105
Best all-road bike under £3000: Orro Terra C 105 Hydro
Best electric road bike under £3,000: Ribble Endurance AL e Enthusiast Shimano 105
Three grand is a lot of money to spend on a bike but it can get you a very good, well-equipped machine. At this price, there’s a vast choice of brands offering high-quality road bikes, whether it’s for racing, sportive riding, or just exercise. To help you make your choice, we've listed the best road bikes under £3,000 that you can buy right now.
Road bikes under £3,000 aren’t quite at the featherweight pro-issue superbike level, but they're darn close without the price tag of a brand-new medium-sized car.
The mainstream spec for a sub-£3,000 road bike is a carbon fibre frame and a groupset from Shimano – usually Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra – but there are a few exceptions with steel, aluminium and even titanium frames available. Disc brakes are now practically universal in the £2,000 to £3,000 price band.
Road bikes at this level cover a wide variety of genres, so we’re covering everything from the best road bikes for racing like the Merida Reacto 6000, through the best endurance bikes such as the Giant Defy Advanced 3 to models that’ll cheerfully handle a bit of dirt under their tyres.
When we say under £3,000, we're talking about bikes in and around the £3k price bracket, most of our picks here cost between £2-3k. If you budget is considerably tighter then check out our guide to the best road bikes under £1,000, and if you're just dipping your toe and want see what you can get for your money at numerous price points, our overall best road bikes guide has options from £300 right up to a whopping £13k!