Best aluminium road bikes: Lower-priced performance bikes

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The best aluminium road bikes can offer the performance of a carbon bike, but usually at a lower price. Many have frame weights that are similar to or lower than comparably priced carbon fibre bike frames as well, making them some of the best road bikes for their price.

It's been over 25 years since aluminium supplanted steel as the material of choice for performance bikes. Although it was quickly superseded by carbon fibre for the highest spec bikes, brands have continued to develop aluminium bike frames, with the result that the best aluminium road bikes available today are lightweight, comfortable and even include aero features. 

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael

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