Titanium specialists Sabbath Bicycles are set to launch the September Disc, a disc-equipped version of their touring and Audax bike.
It’s still early stages in the development of this new model, but they have released these photos of the first prototype. Sabbath are not giving away much detail at the moment, but road.cc will exclusively be following the development of this new bike, and we’ll be the first to get our hands on a rideable model in due course.
Disc brakes on a bike like the September make a lot of sense. Much like the Genesis Equilibrium Disc and Charge Plug 5, both disc-equipped models, this is a bike not for racing but for everything else. From riding to the office, training in the winter, touring in the summer, weekend jaunts to the coffee shop, it’s a bike that you should be able to ride happily year-round through all weathers.
And it’s that last bit that makes disc brakes such an appealing performance benefit. Discs offer more consistent braking performance in adverse weather conditions, with much less degradation when the rims are covered in rain and mud. It does seem that riders of such bikes are open-minded enough to consider disc brakes over calipers.
The guys at Sabbath feel the braking performance for the sort of riding the September is used for makes it perfect for disc brakes.
“From all our customer interactions we know that our September model is used a lot for commuting and light touring as well as long days in the saddle,” says the company. “In often variable UK weather and poor road conditions, disc brakes on the September start to make a lot of sense.”
We don't know much more about the frame at this stage, other than it's clearly a very well finished development frame. The proto has external cable and hose routing, and the rear caliper is mounted inside the chainstays with quite a nice looking dropout incorporating the post mount. Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated on this new frame when we know more.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.