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<p>At the entry-level end of the road bike market, aluminium frames are almost ubiquitous. That’s because, generally speaking, aluminium frames combine a desirable stiffness level with low overall weight and relatively cheap production costs.</p>
<p>Bikes such as the Triban RC120 and Vitus Razor Claris prove that a quality road bike can still be had for <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-cheap-road-bikes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">under £500</a> while bikes such as the Triban RC520 show that <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-road-bike-under-1000/">bikes under £1,000</a> can compete with pricier machines, too.</p>
<p>Spend a little more and the prevalence of aluminium thins out in favour of cheaper carbon fibre bikes.</p>
<p>However, aluminium bikes at this price point – roughly between £1,000 and £2,500 – still regularly offer <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/this-is-why-its-time-to-stop-buying-cheap-carbon-bikes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">considerably better value, and sometimes a better ride</a>, than similarly-priced carbon models.</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of the pro peloton may have seen alloy come and go as the material of choice for the world’s fastest racers, but that doesn’t mean alloy frames have plateaued in terms of development. </span></p>
<p>Spend well into four figures and you’ll get access to the likes of Cannondale’s CAAD13 – a showcase for the latest aluminium tech and a bike that can fight it out with all but the absolute best carbon fibre machines.</p>
<p>That’s enough of the background, now let’s crack on with our pick of the best aluminium road bikes, from budget bargains to alloy superbikes.</p>
<p>Every bike here has been tested and reviewed by our team and, i<span style="font-weight: 400;">n order to be included in this list, a bike must have scored at least 4 out of 5 stars in our testing.</span></p>
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<h2>The best aluminium road bikes, in order of score</h2>
<ul><li><strong>Triban RC120: </strong>£399.99 / €450</li>
<li><strong>Bowman Palace 3 Ultegra R8000 Disc:</strong> £2,750</li>
<li><strong>Cannondale CAAD13 Disc 105:</strong> £2,250 / $2,300 / AU$3,499 / €2,299</li>
<li><strong>Cannondale CAAD13 Force eTap AXS</strong> £4,800 / $5,750</li>
<li><strong>Canyon Endurace AL Disc: </strong>£1,649</li>
<li><strong>Canyon Endurace AL 7.0:</strong> £1,349</li>
<li><strong>Giant Contend SL1: </strong>£1,249</li>
<li><strong>Rose Pro SL Disc 105: </strong>€1,749</li>
<li><strong>Specialized Allez:</strong> £725 / $900 / €86</li>
<li><strong>Specialized Allez Elite: </strong>£1,199 / $1,400 / €1,399</li>
<li><strong>Triban RC120 Disc: </strong>£429.99 / €500</li>
<li><strong>Triban RC520 Disc: </strong>£799.99 / €850</li>
<li><strong>Boardman SLR 8.6: </strong>£500</li>
<li><strong>Kinesis 4S Disc: </strong>£1,850</li>
<li><strong>Kinesis Aithein Disc:</strong> £2,680</li>
<li><strong>Kinesis R1: </strong>£1,500</li>
<li><strong>Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc:</strong> £2,200 / $2,300</li>
<li><strong>Triban RC 500 Disc:</strong> £599.99</li>
<li><strong>Vitus Razor Claris: </strong>£549.99</li>
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<ul><li>£399.99 / €450 (£349.99 as tested)</li>
<li>Our favourite entry-level road bike</li>
<li>Capable as a fast commuter</li>
</ul><p>This is the cheapest bike in this list and yet it is one that is fully deserving of its five-star rating.</p>
<p>The RC120 should be the go-to bike for roadies with a modest budget thanks to its superbly considered kit and impressive ride.</p>
<p>Whether you’re looking for a companion on long days out or an urban commuter that can accept rack and mudguards, the RC120 will do it without difficulty.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/triban-rc120-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read our full review of the Triban RC120</a></li>
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size-landscape_thumbnail image-handler__image image-handler__image–aspect no-wrap js-lazyload" data-src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2021/09/Bowman-Palace-3-Ultegra-R8000-Disc-01-f2f1084.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=619%2C413" width="620" height="413" alt="Best aluminium road bikes" title="Best aluminium road bikes"></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture></div><div class="caption-hold"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Forget the frame material, the Palace 3 is the real deal with a wonderful ride quality.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>David Caudery / Immediate Media</i></span></div>
<ul><li>£2,750 as tested</li>
<li>Outstanding ride</li>
<li>A great alternative to big brands</li>
</ul><p>From a distance, the Bowman Palace 3 looks like a fairly traditional aluminium framed bike. but on closer inspection, there’s a lot going on. The tubing varies in profile and the seatstays are flattened for compliance and greater comfort.</p>
<p>The build we tested was well-specced with 28mm Continental GP5000 tyres and <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/groupsets/groupset-road/shimano-ultegra-r8000-groupset-review/">Shimano Ultegra R8000</a>.  If you want you can buy the frameset for £845 (as tested) or upgrade the build we tested to carbon wheels for an extra £695.</p>
<p>Out on the road, the Palace 3 has a racy persona and is lovely for general or competitive road riding, but we did find that we had to go up a frame size to get the right fit.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/bowman-palace-3-disc-review/">Read our full Bowman Palace 3 Ultegra R8000 disc review</a></li>
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bikes"></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture></div><div class="caption-hold"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> This latest model is further proof you just can’t go wrong with a CAAD.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>David Caudery / Immediate Media</i></span></div>
<ul><li>£2,250 / $2,300 / AU$3,499 / €2,299 as tested</li>
<li>Exciting ride quality</li>
<li>Not cheap</li>
</ul><p>The Cannondale CAAD13 was released in 2019 with the brand revamping the previous CAAD12 to embody new trends, such as dropped seatstays, wider tyres and aerodynamics.</p>
<p>The bike comes equipped with a full Shimano 105 groupset (apart from Cannondale’s own cranks), Cannondale finishing kit and wheels.</p>
<p>For the price, it isn’t the best value, nor is it the lightest, but once you start riding it, all of that is swept away. It has accurate handling, a remarkably smooth ride and is a brilliant all-round performer. In fact, it gives many carbon bikes a run for their money.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/cannondale-caad13-disc-105-review/">Read our full Cannondale CAAD13 Disc 105 review</a></li>
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<ul><li>£4,800 / $5,750 as tested</li>
<li>Stunning handling</li>
<li>The pinnacle of metal frames</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want to experience the pinnacle of performance when it comes to aluminium frames then look no further than the CAAD13. With its stunning handling and smooth ride quality, this bike can match the performance of the best carbon machines. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Only the luckiest of riders will find themselves on this spendy eTap AXS model we tested at the end of last year, but the CAAD13 frame is available for considerably less with builds starting with Shimano’s 105 groupset.</span></p>
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braking on their Endurace, this bike hits a real sweet spot in terms of value.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Canyon</i></span></div>
<ul><li data-stringify-indent="0" data-stringify-border="0">£1,649 as tested for Canyon Endurace AL 8.0 (closest model now Endurace AL 7.0, priced at £1,649)</li>
<li>Great specification</li>
<li>Powerful, all-weather braking</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re after an endurance road bike, the chances are you will already be aware of Canyon’s superb Endurace range, and this particular alloy model with disc brakes hits a real sweet spot in terms of value.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The complete Shimano disc groupset, tubeless-ready wheels and sorted own-brand finishing kit make for an enviable spec sheet, but it’s the composed comfort and ride characteristics of this bike that truly shine.</span></p>
<p>The 8.0 model with Ultegra we tested has been discontinued, but the £1,649 AL 7.0 model with 105 is very nearly as good – although it sees no cost-saving due to price rises.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/canyon-endurace-al8-0-disc-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read our review of the Canyon Endurace AL 8.0 Disc</a></li>
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<ul><li>£1,349 (£999 as tested)</li>
<li>Class-leading spec sheet</li>
<li>Efficient yet comfortable frame</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second Endurace in this list is once again here thanks to its outstanding value and ride quality. It’s light at 8.4kg for a size medium and has the most impressive spec sheet in its class, although recent price increases mean it’s not quite the bargain it used to be.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Component highlights include <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/components/groupsets/shimano-105-r7000-r7020-groupset-review/">Shimano’s superb R7000 105 groupset</a> and Fulcrum wheels (a change from last year’s Mavics) with quality Continental tyres.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We had to dig pretty deep in order to criticise this rim-brake model, but not everyone will appreciate its understated looks. </span></p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/canyon-endurace-al-7-2020review/">Read our review of the Canyon Endurace AL 7.0</a></li>
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<h3>Giant Contend SL 1</h3>
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data-src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2020/03/Giant-Contend-SL1-01-bea9e65.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=619%2C413" width="620" height="413" alt="Best aluminium road bikes" title="Best aluminium road bikes"></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture></div><div class="caption-hold"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> The Giant Contend SL 1 is ideal for all-day rides as well as commuting.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>David Caudery / Immediate Media</i></span></div>
<ul><li>£1,249 (£1,000 as tested)</li>
<li>Great quality frameset that’s comfy and handles well</li>
<li>Comfy 28mm tubeless-ready tyres</li>
</ul><p>The Giant Contend SL1 impressed us a lot during testing, narrowly missing full marks.</p>
<p>The latest model doesn’t have gearing quite as low as the 2019 version did, but it’s still a great choice, offering great handling and all-day comfort.</p>
<p>The front and rear mudguard fittings and rack compatibility make this ideal for commuting too.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/giant-contend-sl-1-2020-review/">Read our review of the Giant Contend SL1</a></li>
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class="caption-hold"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> The updated Pro SL Disc retains the likeable qualities of its predecessor.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Matthew Loveridge / Immediate Media</i></span></div>
<ul><li>€1,749 (not currently available in UK)</li>
<li>Updated version of one of our favourite all-rounders</li>
<li>Lovely frameset and great spec for the money</li>
</ul><p>Rose’s affordable alloy all-rounder received an update in 2020, with a move to <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/opinion/internal-cable-routing-has-gone-too-far/">integrated cabling</a> and tweaks to the frame and fork that include a very tidy new seat clamp.</p>
<p>Although prices have crept up slightly, it remains a top choice, with a really solid Shimano 105 spec and a thoroughly likeable ride quality.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/news/rose-bikes-not-available-uk/">Rose has withdrawn from the UK market for the moment</a>, but the bike is available elsewhere in the world (you lucky people!).</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/rose-pro-sl-disc-105-review/">Read our review of the Rose Pro SL Disc 105</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.rosebikes.com/rose-pro-sl-disc-105-2693207" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Buy direct from Rose</a></li>
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<ul><li>£725 / $900 / €869 (£630 / $840 /€799 as tested)</li>
<li>Updated geometry</li>
<li>Rack and mudguard mounts</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The longstanding Allez remains a perfect introduction to road bikes thanks to top performance, sharp looks and keen pricing. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Its recently revised geometry makes it an ideal training and fitness tool and it’s pretty much perfect for sportives and longer rides.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rear rack mounts and neat mudguard fittings make accessorising the Allez an easy process. </span></p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/specialized-allez-2019-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read our review of the Specialized Allez</a></li>
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<ul><li>£1,199 / $1,400 / €1,399 (£1,050 / $1,350/ €1,299 as tested)</li>
<li>An impressive all-rounder</li>
<li>Practical and versatile</li>
</ul><p>The Allez remains a brilliant choice for riders spending considerably more than entry-level models ask for, as is the case with this excellent Elite spec bike.</p>
<p>You’ll still get better overall value from direct-sale models, from the likes of Canyon and Rose, but with the Specialized you get the advantage of a physical shop to support you through the purchase.</p>
<p>It looks good, offers fine performance and excellent versatility.</p>
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<ul><li>£429.99 / €500 (£400 as tested)</li>
<li>Great for longer rides</li>
<li>A little on the hefty side</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just five years ago, it would have been difficult to fathom that a bicycle as well equipped as this Triban would be available for such a modest outlay. The geometry of the alloy frame sides towards endurance making this a great choice for longer rides.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spec highlights include a carbon fork, tubeless-ready wheels with 28mm tyres, and mechanical disc brakes – it really is superb value for money.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Don’t worry about the Microshift gears either, we were pleasantly surprised by them. The compromise comes in the form of weight, with a size medium example weighing a portly 11.3kg. </span></p>
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<ul><li>£799.99 / €850 (£750 as tested)</li>
<li>Exceptionally well equipped</li>
<li>For those who favour comfort over speed</li>
</ul><p>The RC520 disc astonishes in terms of value with its carbon fork, mostly Shimano 105 drivetrain and TRP’s mechanically-actuated hydraulic disc brakes.</p>
<p>The geometry is noticeably more relaxed than the likes of Specialized’s Allez, meaning this is no racer, but it’s an excellent choice for commuting, training or even touring purposes.</p>
<p>The standard-fit 28mm rubber already makes for a plush ride, though there’s room for up to 36mm tyres and the stock rims are also tubeless-ready should you want to open up gravel capabilities.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/triban-rc-520-disc-review/">Read our review of the Triban RC520</a></li>
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<ul><li>£500 (£550 as tested)</li>
<li>Tubeless-ready wheels</li>
<li>Plenty of comfort</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We recognise Boardman’s SLR 8.6 as one of the best budget road bikes out there due to its lovely all-round ride and general practicality.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A notable spec highlight and something that’s still rare at this price point is the tubeless-ready wheelset. The gearing is taller than some of its competitors though, so you may find yourself out of the saddle sooner on the climbs.   </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The frame is easily good enough to justify significant component upgrades, making this a bike that can really develop with you. It’s received some subtle updates and a new paintjob for 2021, as well as a slight drop in price.</span></p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-slr-8-6-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read our review of the Boardman SLR 8.6</a></li>
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<ul><li>£1,850 as tested</li>
<li>A bike for all occasions</li>
<li>Supremely versatile</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 4S Disc from Kinesis does a great job of being a bike for all occasions, so if you’re willing to snub the n+1 phenomenon then this could be the buy for you. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Available in road and gravel build options, the road-going version we tested goes without </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">the flared handlebar and wider tyres of its sibling.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite this, the 4S Disc is loads of fun and is incredibly versatile, and we know it can work for year-round commuting, training, touring or bikepacking. If you’re not feeling quite so pink then there’s a more subtle blue colour available.</span></p>
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<ul><li>£2,680 build, as tested</li>
<li>Super-stiff frame</li>
<li>Great price</li>
</ul><p>The Kinesis Aithein Disc is an uncomplicated road bike that uses only standard parts. This is something quite refreshing in a world of proprietary headsets, aerofoils and dropped seatstays.</p>
<p>Racy intentions are at the heart of the Aithein. Reflective of that is a pretty familiar race bike geometry, maximum tyre width of 28mm and no mounts for mudguards or accessories.</p>
<p>Out on the road, the bike’s stiff frame means it is great at climbing and descending. The ride is reasonably smooth but certainly firm. If you’re feeling strong, the Aithein will deliver an engaging ride that’s undeniably fun.</p>
<p>Kinesis offers the Aithein as a frameset, but the build we tested fitted Shimano Ultegra presented good value.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/kinesis-aithein-disc-review/">Read our full Kinesis Aithein Disc review</a></li>
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<ul><li>£1,500 as tested</li>
<li>Versatile road bike designed for a 1× drivetrain</li>
<li>SRAM Apex drivetrain and optional mudguards</li>
</ul><p>1× drivetrains haven’t really caught on for the road but their simplicity is appealing for a practical, all-weather bike.</p>
<p>The R1 is designed with 1× in mind and comes specced with SRAM Apex components. Thanks to an 11-42 cassette, the gear range is not lacking.</p>
<p>The R1 is a likeable and engaging ride that’s well suited to putting in winter miles, particularly if you opt for the full mudguards upgrade.</p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/kinesis-r1-review/">Read our review of the Kinesis R1</a></li>
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<ul><li>£2,200 / $2,300 (£1,900 / €2,299 / $2,200 as tested)</li>
<li>Stiff frame with exemplary response</li>
<li>Ripe for upgrades</li>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All that stiffness means this is not a great choice for all-day rides though, and the bike’s overall performance is blunted somewhat by the standard-fit and weighty DT Swiss wheelset.</span></p>
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<ul><li>£599.99 (£530 as tested)</li>
<li>Confident all-weather stopping</li>
<li>Generously specced</li>
</ul><p>The RC 500 Disc is one of the best sub-£600 disc-brake road bikes that we’ve tested. Naturally, the RC 500 carries a weight penalty over a rim-brake bike at this price, but the Shimano Sora transmission components it uses are still commonplace on bikes costing a lot more.</p>
<p>It provides an engaging, comfortable and reassuring ride that’s ideal for commuting or general road riding.</p>
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<ul><li>£549.99 (£500 as tested)</li>
<li>Comfortable 28mm tyres</li>
<li>Proven geometry</li>
</ul><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Razor Claris from Chain Reaction Cycles’ own brand Vitus is a top-value first road bike or year-round training tool. Simplicity is key at this price point and Vitus didn’t stray from what it knows works well.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The alloy frame of the Razor inherited its dialled geometry from more expensive bikes in the Vitus line-up and the 28mm tyres it’s fitted with mean plenty of comfort. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The frame and carbon fork are ready to accept mudguards but not racks. Like the other bikes at this price, it’s pretty weighty but that’s par for the course.</span></p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/vitus-razor-claris-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read our full review of the Vitus Razor Claris</a></li>
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<h2>Common misconceptions that surround aluminium/alloy bikes</h2>
<h3>Aluminium or alloy?</h3>
<p>It can be misleading to call an aluminium alloy bike frame ‘alloy’, after all, both steel, titanium and aluminium frame bikes will be made from metals that are alloys.</p>
<p>Despite this, calling a bike with an aluminium frame an alloy bike is still considered the norm.</p>
<h3>“Aluminium bikes are excessively stiff”</h3>
<p>One common misconception that surrounds aluminium alloy frames is that they provide a ride character that is excessively stiff.</p>
<p>It’s true that some early aluminium frames were brutally stiff but those days of experimentation have long since passed.</p>
<p>In truth, a frame’s stiffness is dictated by far more than just the material it is made from, with sizing, tube shapes and material grade being some of the many other crucial variables.</p>
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