Road Bike Under 200

Best Road Bikes Under $200

Road Bikes
Updated - June 12, 2019

It can be tricky finding a road bike that meets a budget of $200. You don’t want to compromise too much on the bikes features and components but with a small budget in mind you’ll need to be very careful which bikes you consider. Below are a list of the best road bikes we’ve found for less than $200. Some are considered beginners road bikes however every single one is good enough for even adept riders who are riding on a tight budget.

Best Road Bikes Under $200
  • Vilano Rampage Black - Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike.
  • Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike - The only thing better than the bikes look and feel is the price.
  • Vilano Rampage Red - Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike.

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Winner
Vilano Rampage Black

Vilano Rampage Black

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike.
Runner Up
Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

The only thing better than the bikes look and feel is the price.
Another Gem
Vilano Rampage Red

Vilano Rampage Red

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike.

Vilano Rampage Black

The Vilano Rampage Black fixed gear road bike is very well designed bike.

This bike is eye catching to say the least. The Vilano Rampage’s frame is jet black as is every component of this bike. The frame comes in at 12.5kg (large version is 15kg) and is designed to eat up the miles. As stated earlier the whole bike is coloured black and looks great. The handle bars aren’t as curved and ergonomic as some of the others available however they are just as comfortable and easy to use. The wheels on this bike are impressive, presented in black and seem strong and durable. The Vilano Rampage Black comes with urban platform pedals as standard. The saddle is perhaps a little on the hard side however remains comfortable and easily adjusted for rider preference. The Vilano Rampage Black comes with a rear flip-flop hub containing a freewheel and cog, allowing the rider to quickly change from a single speed to a fixed gear by flipping the rear wheel. This is well reviewed and we agree is a very nice feature of the bike.

The brakes do need a little adjustment initially however perform well once corrected. The pads are quite tough and plastic like however can be easily upgraded if you’re unhappy with them. For the price the brakes are more than sufficient and respond well when engaged.

The tyres are brilliant on this model. If regularly kept at a steady pressure they’ll last a long time. Some choose to upgrade things like tyres and brakes immediately however with the tyres provided with the Vilano Rampage Black this is not necessary.

The bike rides really smoothly and although the seat is a little on the hard side, the experience of riding this bike on the whole is positive.

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. The price for a brand new bike like this is impressively low and therefore offers huge value for money. The bike comes with somewhat budget components which is perfectly understandable for the cost of the bike. These can be upgraded if and when you choose, offering the rider with the ability to enjoy the bike immediately and improve their experience over time with component by component upgrades. This bike is very good and we hugely recommend you consider the Vilano Rampage Black when looking for your next road bike.

Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

Not many road bikes come in bright yellow. However the Royal London fixed gear speed bike certainly does. This bike is a celebration of colour and you can’t help but smile at its simplistic yet charming design.

The Royal London fixed gear speed bike has a sturdy 22″ steel frame and a flip-flop rear hub allowing the rider to ride on a fixed gear or a single-speed. The bike has and adjustable yellow and black saddle that matches the frame of the bike in terms of colour. The bikes frame is bright yellow, it’s handlebars, saddle mount and pedal system all in black. Although the bike doesn’t take a conventional approach in it’s colour scheme it’s easy to see it’s charm and character. The bike comes with black plastic pedals as standard. It’s worth mentioning that the bike is available in a less flamboyant colour scheme where the frame of the bike is primarily white, however even with this design the adjustable saddle is bright green so you still get some burst of colour with this variety as well. The bike weighs in at 14kgs and therefore is in contention with most road bikes despite being made of steel rather than the more common alloy material used in road bikes.

Royal London have added brakes to this model of their bike to allow it to meet safety regulations for road use. They have attached V brakes at the front and rear of the bike and these seem to be sufficient to provide the response and braking power needed to stop the bike safely and quickly.

The first thing to point out about the tyres on the Royal London fixed gear speed bike is their colour. Blue, a rare choice of colour when it comes to road bike tyres. These Wanda 700c x 25c tyres are an interesting combo to the bright yellow wheel rims and frame of the bike.

The bike is amazingly comfortable to ride. This bike is a head turner so expect plenty of looks, after all it is bright yellow with blue tyres. The bike’s seat is also surprisingly comfortable and the combination of the bikes components result in a smooth ride. This bike could easily be used for long journeys and there is very little chance of other road users not seeing you.

A beautifully individual bike, very different to the usual road bikes seen on the market. The combination of simple design and bright colours is unique and a great show of creativity by Royal London. The only thing better than the bikes look and feel is the price.

Vilano Rampage Red

The Vilano Rampage Red fixed gear road bike is very well designed bike.

This bike is eye catching to say the least. The Vilano Rampage’s frame is jet black as is every component of this bike apart from the hand grips and wheel trims. The frame comes in at 12.5kg (large version is 15kg) and is designed to eat up the miles. As stated earlier the almost the whole bike is coloured black and looks great. The handle bars aren’t as curved and ergonomic as some of the others available however they are just as comfortable and easy to use. The wheels on this bike are impressive, presented in red with black spokes and seem strong and durable. The Vilano Rampage Red comes with urban platform pedals as standard. The saddle is perhaps a little on the hard side however remains comfortable and easily adjusted for rider preference. The Vilano Rampage Red comes with a rear flip-flop hub containing a freewheel and cog, allowing the rider to quickly change from a single speed to a fixed gear by flipping the rear wheel. This is well reviewed and we agree is a very nice feature of the bike.

The brakes do need a little adjustment initially however perform well once corrected. The pads are quite tough and plastic like however can be easily upgraded if you’re unhappy with them. For the price the brakes are more than sufficient and respond well when engaged.

The tyres are brilliant on this model. If regularly kept at a steady pressure they’ll last a long time. Some choose to upgrade things like tyres and brakes immediately however with the tyres provided with the Vilano Rampage Red this is not necessary.

The bike rides really smoothly and although the seat is a little on the hard side, the experience of riding this bike on the whole is positive.

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. The price for a brand new bike like this is impressively low and therefore offers huge value for money. The bike comes with somewhat budget components which is perfectly understandable for the cost of the bike. These can be upgraded if and when you choose, offering the rider with the ability to enjoy the bike immediately and improve their experience over time with component by component upgrades. This bike is very good and we hugely recommend you consider the Vilano Rampage Red when looking for your next road bike.

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