Make like Bradley Wiggins with these tarmac-chomping road bikes
Specialized Roubaix Elite Triple
Named after the French Paris-Roubaix cobble-road race – which this bike has won three times – the Specialized Roubaix Eilte Triple is a carbon beauty made for absorbing bumps for a smooth yet speedy ride. So, ideal for your daily commute, then.
While the FACT 8r carbon frame with Zertz inserts and DT Axis 2.0 wheels will perform professionally, Specialized has cut corners slightly with the Shimano 105 gearset. It works fine, but for £1800 it could be better, and we’d recommend upgrading to at least Ultegra if your budget stretches.
Ribble Sportive 7005
If you’re starting out in road riding and want a good entry-level bike, you can’t go far wrong with Ribble. Its own 7005 aluminium Sportive frame is light and strong, and with its Shimano Sora 9 speed groupset and Rodi Airline 4 Clincher wheels, it'll have you speeding along in no time. The fact that it looks awesome is just a bonus.