How To Spend £3000 On A New Road Bike In 2023

How To Spend £3000 On A New Road Bike In 2023

Buying a new road bike in 2023 can be approached in a number of different ways. You can buy a road bike from a shop ready built, you could buy a frameset and all the components, so you can really fine tune your build. Or you could buy a bike and then just upgrade it to the point you are happy with where you land. But what’s the best way and which way delivers the best value for you, the rider? Sam Gupta and Simon Smythe sit down and discuss their hypothetical road bike builds to figure out the best way for you to purchase a new road bike in 2023.

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  1. Michael Mechex on May 6, 2023 at 7:37 am

    That’s pretty much what I’ve done over the winter. I put together a 7kg full carbon disc brake aero bike. Just gotta know where to look to get a bargain and unfortunately, 99 times out of 100 your LBS ain’t it.

  2. Antoni on May 6, 2023 at 7:39 am

    I’ll like to build my own!

  3. Rob Robins on May 6, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Buy a used one. I just bought a BMC Grand Fondo GF01 for 1500.00. It has 11 speed DI2 ultegra, rim brakes. tubeless tires, and works just fine. Back in 2013 this was a $7,000 bike. You don’t have to get the latest and greatest…

  4. Aero&LightWeight on May 6, 2023 at 7:39 am

    I would change my wheels from spokes to blades just to differentiate myself from the homeless community

  5. Jason Latorre on May 6, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Buy used Carbon 105 mech build, swap the wheelset with Hunt 44UD, RideNow TPU tubes, GP5k clinchers, dura ace cassette. You would most likely hit around 16lbs/7.26kg and shifts just like dura ace.

  6. John T on May 6, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Trek emonda AL5 for £2300? There are laods of 2022 SL5s still around for 2 grand. I would not be paying that for an alloy frame.

  7. David Murphy on May 6, 2023 at 7:42 am

    used everything – 2K

  8. Marco Derix on May 6, 2023 at 7:43 am

    In Febr 2021 I got a new Colnago CLX with R8050 ultegra di2 rimbrake for 2750 euro. 7.6kg including the Favero Assioma pedals I bought (of course) seperately

  9. * on May 6, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Nice overpriced frames, better a Stevens Aspin ultegra for ~1600€.

  10. Toshiro Mifune on May 6, 2023 at 7:51 am

    For 3000£ (AUD$5705) I could buy 16 light weight vintage steel bikes like the one I currently ride; or I could buy one bike and go on a very nice holiday to Japan.

  11. Ronit Debnath on May 6, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Caad 13 with better wheels.

  12. Chris van Buggenum on May 6, 2023 at 7:51 am

    I really don’t think this is the most popular price point. I wonder how you came to this number.

  13. Dominic Britt on May 6, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Why bother with an Allez Sprint for £2600 when most brands are selling Carbon bikes with 105 Di2 for around £3K?

  14. Charles Man on May 6, 2023 at 7:51 am

    For $3000 I’m looking at buying used Steel or Titanium, Not Carbon fiber.

  15. Lincoln Lu on May 6, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Ibis hakka MX, chorus 12 speed, deda touchpoints, Antares saddle for 3400 USD. Lots of sales out there to find

  16. Johannes Busemann on May 6, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Or you could go for 2200€ Canyon Endurace CF 8 with full ultegra groupset and full carbon 😉

  17. Corey Allert on May 6, 2023 at 7:55 am

    Allez Sprint, Emonda, …. Canyon Endurace. Odd third choice and I own a CF SL8 Endurace

  18. The Bypass Cyclist on May 6, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Buy second hand. ALL road bikes are massively overpriced at the moment! Upgrade a decent frame and keep a very close eye on Sensa and other Eastern components.

  19. Ranger Smith on May 6, 2023 at 7:57 am

    With my $3,750 US, I’m getting a vintage steel, rim brake, externally cabled frame set and building it out with full Ultegra 6500 or Dura-Ace 7700 in silver.

  20. Nick Kambitis on May 6, 2023 at 7:58 am

    The 105 DI2 weighs 1kg. Mechanical any day of the week and easily serviceable.

  21. Drew Felix on May 6, 2023 at 7:59 am

    4th way would be to get a part time at a bike shop for the summer and use the discount!

  22. Chris S on May 6, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Building one up would be fun

  23. Stanislav Kindiakov on May 6, 2023 at 8:02 am

    I was lucky to get new Giant TCR Advanced 1 on Ultegra for 1980 Euro, so for 1k I may add a pair of carbon wheels from Scribe or Hunt and be on perfect race bike. But I chose dt swiss pr1400 for awesome look 😊 and final price with wheels and tires – 2700

  24. Fish Are Friends on May 6, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Spend 1k on a gravel bike and have a few bike holidays with the rest of the 2k… spending the extra 2 k on a bike ain’t making you faster.

    £900 will get you a nice road bike with hunt mason x wheels

  25. richard carr on May 6, 2023 at 8:03 am

    l do like the Canyon CF option but there is a plethora of old carbon race bikes being sold 2nd hand that come top end parts and weigh in around 6kg for less than 3k and yes they re rim brake bikes which does not bother me at all 🙂

  26. Dainius Vyšniauskas on May 6, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Hunt wheels are quite horrible judging from user reviews – failure rate is considerably higher than other brands in that price range and you can get better quality from Light Bicycle or Elite wheels.

  27. Freddie Flores on May 6, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Caad 13 with 105 and carbon wheels

  28. James Brown on May 6, 2023 at 8:06 am

    I’d like to see this with a similar budget, but with the restriction of the various cycle to work schemes. Mainly because that’s how I shall be buying my next bicycle!

  29. Xtian Eskay on May 6, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Crazy we are discussing a 3000£ build with a 105. Like 8 years ago 105 was the rookie groupset and you would rather go for the ultegra to have a decent groupset. Crazy how the prices went up and also how 105 increased in quality

  30. rmb_dev on May 6, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Look really good and have a UCI sticker – all you need to know about the expertise of this "journalist" =))

  31. Darth Vulcanis on May 6, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Pause at 6:08 😄 I would love to do both builds but I might take it to $4000 to stick in a SRAM Force 1x groupset on the Allez Sprint (just because). I would do the Emonda ALR exactly the same way you did

  32. Thecyclist on May 6, 2023 at 8:08 am

    For under 1k, one got a Trek Madone 4.7 Carbon bike with Ultegra 6700 rim brake groupset, brought a set of XTR pedals (9100) and a Mavic ksyrium wheelset. LET me tell you something that bike is a weapon, shifts so good with Jagwire pro inner and outer cables and weighs approximately 7.3kg. That Trek emonda ALR weighs over 9kg, bike will be a tank on the hills, the emonda is supposed to be Treks lightweight climbing bike lol

  33. pablo marquez on May 6, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Cottons are trash unless you like flats.

  34. LORENZO DE STEFANO on May 6, 2023 at 8:12 am

    3000 pounds for a rim brake are enough

  35. Pete Franks on May 6, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Mechanical all way.. wish Shimano would still offer it going forward as there’s still a market for it.. I know they have the new CUES but they should still have the higher levels.. just my opinion 👍👍🏅🚴

  36. Raj UK on May 6, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Disappointed they didn’t include going for a secondhand £3k option 🙁

    That must get you something ridiculously good if my searching through Facebook Marketplace today was anything to go by !

  37. Ryan Seddon on May 6, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Who the f***k spends that kinda money on a bicycle in this economy

  38. Stefanos Infinity on May 6, 2023 at 8:16 am

    I’m waiting the emonda frame next week, have ordered alla other parts, gonna built it my self… (Watch the channel :p)

  39. Donald Duck on May 6, 2023 at 8:17 am

    I think I want to upgrade my Cannondale CAAD8 , it’s not new, it’s aluminium and it weighs 12kg’ish, however I have fond memories on it, I’ve looked after it, it still looks new, going super-fast or racing is not my thing, but upgrading from SORA to 105, adding some carbon wheels , maybe carbon forks would be good. The new carbon Cannondale Synapse has built in lights and radar which I really don’t want.

  40. Greg Kane on May 6, 2023 at 8:19 am

    An allez sprint. Really??? Are you guys paid by Specialized? Who actually buys an alloy frame at 1700 quid?? A giant tcr pro is the same price. Oh and it’s abt 500g lighter and more comfortable. Like let’s put on these wonderful bell of the north comfy tyres on a bone shaker frame? Seriously considering your being paid by certian brands

  41. Shep Shape on May 6, 2023 at 8:20 am

    These days you can buy a really good quality frame set for less than $1,000. No reason to buy these top name brands. Many Chinese companies are producing top quality bikes and bike parts for much less than the name brands, and they’re probably built in the same factories or by the same people. Just do your homework. There are many channels on here featuring people who buy all the different Chinese brands and test them thoroughly so you don’t have to.

  42. Ant Llys on May 6, 2023 at 8:23 am

    There isn’t just get a. Car

  43. AussieInJapan on May 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I’d highly recommend before spending any of the money is to get a professional bike fit & you might discover by changing/upgrading a few key components you have a new bike!

  44. John Parry on May 6, 2023 at 8:26 am

    No mention of Chinese built frames , e.g., Elves. Curious isn’t it?

  45. MarcraM82 on May 6, 2023 at 8:29 am

    My mate just bought a GIANT TCR Advanced Pro 1 with D12 Shimano & Carbon wheels for less in Australia. $5300 AUD. Pretty good value.

  46. U E on May 6, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Just bought a trek 5200 oclv in mint condition for 500 euros.

  47. Jason Brown on May 6, 2023 at 8:35 am

    I think the value someone puts on frame material impacts this decision. If carbon fiber frame is required, I’d build it up from the frame. If aluminum works, I’m upgrading a budget bike. Can’t really see any scenario where I spending 3k on a new complete bike. Even at that price I’d be changing something.

  48. Darrin Schwarz on May 6, 2023 at 8:36 am

    One word: canyon ultimate cf sl 8 RIM brake model. Now for 2,399 dollars.