Any lingering doubts about the intensity of the coming wave of disc brake-equipped road bikes has been put to rest at this year’s Eurobike trade show. There’s been a full-on tsunami of roadie rotors in southern Germany the last three days, with just about every bike-maker here showing off at least one model spec’d with disc brakes. Here’s a look at some, but certainly not all, of what’s on display here in Friedrichshafen.
The Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc is brand new at Eurobike. The top model is spec’d with 11-speed Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Enve Smart 3.4 disc wheels, DT Swiss 350 centerlock hubs, and of course, Shimano road hydraulic disc brakes. In order to better handle the different loads coming from the addition of disc brakes though, the Synapse Hi-MOD Disc has an entirely new, radically asymmetric carbon layup. Cannondale claims that this redesign utilizes a different mix of fiber orientations, fiber types, areal weights and layering to achieve the necessary strength without changing the ride feel or adding significant weight. An easy to install and adjust brake mounting adapter allows the rear brake to be mounted to the chainstay without the tool access issues that impact some other disc road bikes. And the fork dropouts on the Synapse Hi-MOD Disc are angled forward to better counter the loads created by braking forces.
Brand new from Storck is the Aernario Disc. Six frames sizes from 47cm to 63cm. Rotor size is 140mm, which seems to be the most common spec right now. Claimed frame weight of 940 grams, and it has sectional aerodynamic tubing and press-fit BB. Pictured is the limited edition SRAM Red 22 Hydro with the also-just-released DT Swiss RC wheels. As built, this Aernario Disc has a claimed weight of 6.3kg (13.9 pounds) and is priced at 7,000 euros ($9,371 US).
The Liscio features Volagi’s patented LongBow flex technology for increase shock absorption, all cable routing is internal, and it comes in six sizes from 47cm to 60cm. Frame only, $2,295. Fully built bikes available in a variety of builds from $2,995 to $7,295. Pictured is a Shimano Ultegra Di2 model.
The sharp-looking Derosa Idol comes with top end Shimano or SRAM hydraulic builds, FSA Vision Metron wheels, full FSA carbon cockpits, Selle Italia SLR saddle, and Vittoria Tubolare tires.
Colorado’s Moots has jumped onto the disc road bandwagon with this titanium beauty, the Vamoots DR (disc road). It’s designed to tackle any terrain, including the occasional rough (or dirt) road. Max tire capacity is 28mm. 44mm head tube for tapered disc road fork. Disc post mounts for 140mm rotors. It will also accept 160s if you want a little more stopping power. Seatpost is 27.2mm for additional ride dampening and shock absorption.
Pinarello has leapt into the disc game with three builds, including the flagship Dura Ace Di2 spec’d model.
The Colnago C59 Disc comes in a variety of builds, including this Campagnolo Super Record model.
One of the first major bike makers to push out a road disc model, Specialized has rotor-equipped bikes throughout its line-up, including this top shelf Roubaix with SRAM’s new hydraulic shifting 11-speed and carbon wheels.
The Stevens Ventoux Disc, available in five builds, ranging from Shimano Dura Ace Di2 to SRAM Red 22 Hydro to Shimano 105. The top shelf model is 6,294 euro. Claimed frame weight for a size 56cm frame is 995 grams. Seven frame sizes for 50cm to 62cm. Monocoque frame and tapered headtube. Eurobike award winner for innovation, functionality and design quality.
The just-release Giant Revolt is an alloy-framed, go-anywhere bike with a carbon fork that can take tires as large as 700x50c. The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive steerer technology for better handling and front-end steering.
The One-D from Italy’s Carrera has a monocoque frame, integrated headset, tapered headtube, press-fit 86 BB, and a frame weight of 1,070 grams for a size medium.
The Centurion Gigidrive Disc spec’d with Shimano Dura Ace hydraulic brakes and a claimed frame weight penalty of just 50 grams. Not available in the U.S.
Brand new from BMC is the Gran Fondo GF01 Disc that’s part of the Swiss bike-maker’s series of popular endurance oriented bikes. Available in three builds (two carbon frames and one alloy). Frame sizes from 48cm to 61cm. The GF01 disc’s frame and fork come equipped with integrated mounts for the installation of disc brake systems from Shimano, SRAM and Formula. A full Shimano Dura Ace Di2 spec runs $14,000. Ultegra Di2 is $8,000. The alloy version runs from $2,600 for the frameset to $4,000 for an Ultegra mechanical build.