The New Year is almost here, and with it come New Year’s resolutions and countless possibilities. Whether you’re just getting into it or have been for some time, this is the perfect time to get yourself a road bike. Though designed for high-speed road biking, the best thing about road bikes is that you can use these for many different reasons from casual commuting to road race biking. Although many road bikes cost a fortune, it is possible to get a good road bike on a budget. Here are some of the best cheap road bikes in the market right now:
10 Best Cheap Road Bikes
Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed Road Bike
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This bike is a new release from Merax, and currently, it is one of the top rated road bikes in the market. And it is not hard to see why. The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C is popular for its durability and strong-built; the frame is made of aluminum that gives the bike this property while keeping it light weight. You can easily install quick release front wheels without any use of tools. It comes with Shimano TZ-31 model Front Derailleur, Simano RD-TZ50 Rear Deraileur, 700*28C Kenda tires and weighs in at 28 pounds in total; which makes it one of the best cheap road bikes out there.
Overall, this can be one of the perfect starter road bikes for both boys and girls.
Vilano Aluminum Road Bike
- Frame: 6061 Double Butted Aluminum Aero
- Fork: 700c 1 1/8" Threadless
- Shifters: Shimano A050 SIS Handlebar Mounted
A bike much like the Merax Finiss, but a little expensive; that extra cost comes from the brand name and reputation that Vilano has. The amazing designs and ergonomic structure of this road bike make it an automatic choice when choosing a bike for beginners. It is a 21-speed bicycle that comes with Shimano front and back shifters, KMC Durable Chain and an Aluminum solid and durable bicycle frame. All these quality features make it one of the best road bikes under 500 dollars.
Merax 21 Speed 700c Road Bicycle
- Lightweight and Sturdy 6061 Aluminum Frame for smooth riding and easy transport.
- Shimano shifter and Shimano derailleur for reliable shifting
- Quick-Release Front Wheels is easy to install and no tools needed
Another addition by Merax, and it is not hard to see why. It is a favorite consumer item with so many positive reviews available. Its aluminum body makes it durable, strong and light. At the same time; it is available in a green color and comes with a handy bottle cage. Also fitted with the Shimano back and front Derailleurs, the bike weighs 27 and a half pounds, just a tad over the Vilmano Aluminum Road bike. If you like its design, you can simply go for this as you don’t have to worry about its durability and other stuff. It has to be one of the best quality and cheap road bikes you can ever have.
Schwinn Men’s Phocus 1400 Road Bicycle
- Schwinn aluminum road frame with rigid fork for quick agile riding
- Shimano 14 speed rear derailleur with Shimano A050 shifters
- High profile alloy rims with paired spokes are lightweight and strong, front quick release
Made from one of the best bicycle manufacturers in the world, and with a reasonable price tag; the Phocus is sleek, stylish and is one of the most sought after cheap road bikes. Again, the Phocus is also built from high-quality aluminum granting its durability and light weight. It has a Shimano 14 speed rear derailleur with Shimano A050 shifters. It comes with alloy caliper road brakes that allow greater braking power along with high profile rims with paired spokes, granting you a quick front release.
The bike also comes with an SR Suntour alloy crank for wide gear range, and a lifetime warranty. Although it says ’Men’s’ right there in the name, it can still be a good option for women. If you want to use it as a functional women’s road bike; its general style and the black color may not be appealing to you.
Vilano Shadow Road Bike
- Wheelset: 700c doubled walled CNC machined side
- Shimano STI Integrated Brake Lever/Shifters offer precise and controllable braking and shifting in a convenient single unit...
- 6061 Double Butted Aluminum Aero frame with integrated headset
By far one of the most expensive bikes we have on this list of cheap road bikes, it is still one of the best road bikes under 500 dollars. With its comparatively high price comes great performance. Choosing this Shadow Bike, you will have Shimano STI Integrated Shifters, a Double Butted Aero frame which is made out of lightweight but durable and strong aluminum, Shimano Tourney Back and Shimano front Derailleur. It has a total of 14 speeds and is equipped with a KMC chain. Whether you have been doing it for some time, or you’re a beginner looking for an entry level road bike, the Vilano Shadow Road Bike will exceed your expectations.
GMC Denali Road Bike
- 21-speed road bike features a lightweight aluminum frame
- Alloy side pull brake calipers and levers
- High-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims
Features and functions of a high-end bike put into a cheap road bike, this is the package you get with the GMC Denali. The 21-speed bike is built on a lightweight aluminum frame and is equipped with Alloy calipers, and alloy brake levers. It features high-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims with Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revo shifts, which make it easier to change gears quickly and efficiently. And finally, with the 700c high-performance tires, you will be able to enjoy a high-speed performance from this road bike.
If you are not willing to take any risk and want to be completely safe while riding, this has to be one of the most reliable road bikes out there.
Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike
- Lightweight hand crafted 6061 aluminum frame
- 32 Spoke High Profile Quick Release Alloy Rims
- 1 1/8" Threadless stem
This bike is a solid choice for a budget-friendly men’s road bike. Why? Because first of all, it’s available in three sizes and it’s made of a lightweight handcrafted aluminum frame. It comes with a 16-speed Shimano STI drive train, which promotes smooth gear transitions plus two water bottle carriers. It also comes with 700c wheels and weighs 26-27 pounds. As compared to the rest of the bikes in this list, the Libero being a 16-speed bike makes it a perfect entry level road bike as you will not get confused with the extra features and the like.
Giordano Libero 1.6 Women’s Road Bike
- Lightweight hand crafted 6061 aluminum frame
- 53cm Top Tube
- 1 1/8" Threadless stem
When discussing the Libero men’s road bike, its companion can’t be too far behind. A bike made specifically for women, it is also equipped with a lightweight hand-crafted aluminum frame, along with a 16 speed Shimano STI drive train. The Libero women’s road bike comes with 700c tires with 53cm top tube and 1 1/8 threadless stem. Weighing 26 pounds, the bike is everything you could ever hope for from a women’s road bike. It comes in a lovely shade of pink. You can use this bike for many different purposes from casual commuting to occasional biking to proper road biking.
Overall, its stylish look, perfect built, and durable parts make it a great option for women looking to buy road bikes.
Nashbar Flat Bar Road Bike
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The ultimate entry level road bike, if you were to name only one. It has everything you would expect from a beginner road bike in a minimalistic design. It’s a well-built, affordable single speed bike that is designed to be unisex. This bike is available in six different frame sizes. So, almost everyone can ride one. It might not be the best option if you’re a serious road bike rider, but it is perfect if you’re looking to buy a road bike for the first time. It can also serve a great commuter bike or just for occasional weekend bike riding. The best part is that this is one of the cheap road bikes, so you won’t have to break the bank on this one.
Vilano FORZA 3.0 Aluminum Carbon Road Bike
- A Strong Lightweight 6061 Aluminum Frame w/ 12k Carbon Fiber Fork
- Shimano STI Shifters
- Shimano Sora
When discussing cheap road bikes, Vilano certainly has it down right. They are famous for making high quality; cheap road bikes that worth every penny, and the FORZA is no exception. As you could expect, it is made from lightweight 6061 aluminum, but what’s different on this bike are the 12k carbon fiber forks. Comes with the Shimano STI Shifters, and Shimano Sora; what sets it apart is that it is a 24-speed bike designed to handle any situation. Weighing in a 32 pounds, the FORZA 3.0 is one of the best high-performance Cheap Road Bikes in the market. But this one is slightly over $500, making it not the cheapest option when it comes to road bikes.
Keep in mind that most of the cheap road bikes presented here cost less than 500$. But all these can rival the high end, expensive counterparts when it comes to performance. One thing that should be kept in mind is that although some of the bikes are advertised specifically for men and women, they can still be used by everyone as the use they provide the same. Though there are a few days left in the New Year, you should still try to get your hands on the bike you want beforehand. Because many of them are on sale with discounts, but with so many great bikes to choose from, you maybe will have a difficult time making up your mind.