Cervelo 2020 R2
In the shop, we’ve got this on display as the ‘Perfect first road bike!’ -- and that’s all that needs to be said really.
But we’ll go ahead and say more anyway: the R2 is insane value for money. Featuring a pro level frameset (with the exact same frame, down to the carbon, as the higher-end R3) for only 3k, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value proposition anywhere on the market. Not to mention that the modern day Shimano 105 the bike comes with is an outstanding groupset, featuring precise shifting, great durability and an impressively light weight. It ticks all the boxes really.
And it’s not just for newbies: chuck a pair of carbon hoops on the R2 and even a hardened roadie would find themselves fully operational and ready for a serious hit out. Put it this way: if you get dropped it won’t be because of the bike.