Best road bikes 2024: top reviewed bikes from our testing

We choose the best road bikes we've ridden, from budget models to grand tour-proven race machines

A group of cyclists riding a selection of the best road bikes
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Buying a new road bike isn't a simple task. The category today is full to the brim, with plenty of options for most budgets. The sheer number of bikes in your price bracket might leave you feeling spoilt for choice, if not a little confused. But we're here to help.

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

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BikeFrame materialGroupsetTire clearance
Specialized Allez AluminiumShimano Claris35mm
Cannondale CAAD13 Disc 105AluminiumShimano 10530mm
Giant Contend SL1AluminiumShimano 10528mm
Vitus Venon Evo-RSCarbonShimano 105 Di240mm
Cervélo S5CarbonSRAM Force AXS35mm
Giant PropelCarbonSRAM Rival AXS30mm
Trek Madone Gen 7 SL 7CarbonShimano Ultegra28mm
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi Mod 2CarbonShimano Ultegra34mm
Simon Smythe

Simon is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. However, as writer and reviewer he's ridden more road bikes than he cares to remember, from eye-wateringly expensive aero race bikes to far more wallet friendly offerings and plenty in between.

Stefan Abram

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.