The 7 best 2020 women’s road bikes under £1,000

Whether you’re looking for your first road bike or your next ride, the number of options available can be a little overwhelming. This is why we have put together a list of the 7 best 2020 Women's road bikes that are all under £1000. You don’t have to break the bank to get a high-quality bike.

Why buy a Women's bike over a Male bike?

A Women’s specific bike will have different features to a men's bike that will dramatically change the ride. The main difference will be the size. Women's bikes are a lot smaller, making the geometry more suited to a females posture which will offer a confident and a comfortable riding position. 


Secondly, the components will be changed to help with comfort and efficiency whilst riding. The saddle will be women’s specific design which will offer more comfort to suit the posture of a woman over a saddle designed for a male, which would be smaller around the hips compared to a female. Stem and crank size will normally be smaller on stock products. The stem which is attached to the handlebars will be shorter to help with turning and make the bike more agile and, the cranks will be shorter to accommodate the size of the bike, making it easier to power up the steepest of hills. Sometimes, tyre and cassette sizes will be changed to male if comfier and easier to ride.

This list is organised by price: Lowest to Highest

1) Scott Contessa Speedster 35 Womens 2020 - £649

 Scott Contessa Speedster 35 Womens 2020

We’re starting with the cheapest that we recommend, the Scott Contessa Speedster 35. The light, efficient and agile bike is a great option to start feeling confident on the roads. The mixture of Shimano components and Scott’s own Syncros finishing kit is a great combination. This is a great option for your first bike.

Key Features:

  • Speedster Alloy Frame & Carbon Fork
  • Shimano Claris 16 Speed
  • Syncros Race 23 Rims
  • Schwalbe Lugano 28C Tires
  • Available in 5 sizes

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Final Verdict:

A great option for a first-time buyer of a road bike which will offer confidence and motivation. 

2) Liv Avail 2 Womens 2020 - £625

Liv Avail 2 Womens 2020

The Liv Avail is also engineered to be light, agile and perfect for women riders. The endurance frame geometry along with Giants advanced technology such as OverDrive and Powerdrive make the Avail range a serious contender for under £1000. The mixture of drop-bar and flat bar brake levers allows the rider to be confident when riding in all types of situations, making your riding experience safer. Again, the mixture of Shimano Claris components and Giant’s own finishing kit makes it a versatile bike for climbs and longer rides. 

Key Features:

  • Alloy Frame & Carbon Fork
  • Shimano Claris 
  • Built for Endurance
  • Power Transfer Technology
  • Available in 5 sizes

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Final Verdict:

The Liv avail has won various awards and leads the way in women's specific bikes, making it a contender for your first bike or an upgrade.

3) Trek Domane AL 3 2020 Women's Road Bike - £750

Trek Domane AL 3 2020 Women's Road Bike

The Domane is smooth, stable and confidence-inspiring. The combination of Shimano’s 18-speed Sora drivetrain is the next stop from the Claris groupset which is heavier and less versatile within its gear ratio, resulting in the price jump. This makes the Trek Domane a good option if you want a better drivetrain which will last for a better cost-effective price. 

Key Features:

  • Alloy Frame & Carbon Fork
  • Shimano Sora 
  • Built for Endurance
  • Light frame construction for better power
  • Available in 5 sizes

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Final Verdict:

With a stable endurance geometry and an efficient build quality, it is a great option for the price.

4) Cannondale Synapse Sora Disc Womens 2020 - £849

Cannondale Synapse Sora Disc Womens 2020

The Cannondale Synapse is the first disk brake option that we have recommended. The cable discs will offer better stopping power over a traditional rim brake option in all weather conditions. In addition to this, the SAVE micro-suspension technology in the frame and fork allows vibrations to be smoothed out which will enhance your riding confidence and handling qualities. 

Key Features:

  • High-quality alloy frame with SAVE stays for a smoother ride
  • Full Carbon SAVE fork to absorb the road buzz
  • Shimano Sora 2x9 speed drivetrain for reliable gear shifting
  • Integrated frame cables
  • Promax cable disc brakes for all-weather speed control
  • 4 sizes available 

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Final Verdict:

The price reflects the technology and specification, perfect for British roads and weather that may change the ride at any moment, the Synapse would be able to handle it. 

5) Cube Axial Pro Womens 2020 - £899

Cube Axial Pro Womens 2020

Definitely one of the best looking bikes under £1000, The Axial WS Pro bridges the gap between performance racer and comfortable, long-distance tourer. It has a very similar spec to the Synapse such as the Shimano Sora Groupset and cable disc brakes. In addition to that, the inner routed cables also make the bike look much better. The 6061 superlite aluminium frame keeps the weight to a minimum while keeping comfort in mind with a comfortable geometry.

Key Features:

  • High-quality alloy frame to keep weight to a minimum
  • Carefully tweaked geometry creates a relaxed, efficient ride position
  • Bridges the gap between performance racer and comfortable
  • Shimano Sora 2x9 speed drivetrain for reliable gear shifting
  • Integrated frame cables
  • Cable disc brakes for all-weather speed control
  • 4 sizes available 
  • Great colour

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6) Pinnacle Arkose R1 2020 - £900

 Pinnacle Arkose R1 2020

The Pinnacle Arkose was a gravel bike before we were using the term regularly. For 2020 it’s had the most significant redesign in its 7 years on the market. The new Arkose is a benchmark for the versatility this type of bike can offer. The new Arkose frame has full compatibility for wheel size (650B x 52C or 700C x 45mm), rear axle and Di2/cable gearing options, plus internal F+R dynamo light routing. Add this to proven handling that sits on that fine line between the best of road and gravel bike characteristics and it’s a contender for being your one do-it-all drop bar bike. The Shimano Tiagra drivetrain is also fitted to the Pinnacle, matching the price point of the bike. 

Key Features:

  • T013-T6 heat treated frame to keep stiff but also lightweight
  • Shimano Tiagra 4700 2x10 Speed Drivetrain
  • Integrated frame cables
  • Cable disc brakes for all-weather speed control
  • 3 sizes available 

Pinnacle is Evans cycles in-house brand.

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Final Verdict:

The Pinnacle Arkose R1 is a road bike that offers confidence and progression in your riding, the amount of thought and customisation that has gone into the R1 means that it is very capable for any type of riding. From road to Commuting, especially with the cable routing options for additional components such as the Dynamo Hubs. 

7) Liv Avail AR 3 Womens 2020 - £940

 Liv Avail AR 3 Womens

Comfortable and stable on paved and rough roads, the Avail AR opens up a whole new treasure chest of possibilities. Whether it’s navigating city streets or venturing through an unpaved shortcut, it is smooth on flats, lively on climbs and confident on descents. Maintain control with precise OverDrive steerer and powerful disc brakes. Vibrations are diminished with an Advanced-grade carbon fork and D-Fuse seat post.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight and balanced, the modern endurance geometry is designed for the female form.
  • Sporting OverDrive and PowerCore technologies, this efficient frameset offers superior stiffness without compromising compliance.
  • Race Ready as well as your daily rides.
  • Shimano Sora 2x9 speed drivetrain for reliable gear shifting
  • Integrated frame cables
  • Cable disc brakes for all-weather speed control
  • 3 sizes available 

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Final Verdict:

The Liv AR3 is the perfect blend of lightweight and stiffness, combined with an efficient drivetrain. This allows the bike to be race ready but perfect for every hill or distance in its way. If you want a versatile bike for just under £1000, this could be a winner. 

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