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Although there are ever more disc brake-equipped race bikes out there in the shops, most disc brake road bikes produced at the moment are endurance/sportive bikes or all-rounders that are bought by people who simply want the reassurance of all-weather stopping power. The bikes below are a mixture of styles, frame materials and prices so check through and find out what takes your interest.

Check out 12 of 2018’s hottest disc brake-equipped race bikes

The lines between bike categories have never been more blurred, but we've tried to keep this selection to bikes that are intended entirely or primarily for use on Tarmac. Of course where you ride has as much to do with rider skill as with how fat a tyre your frame will take, but these are bikes for long days in the lanes in sportives, Audaxes, and big rides with friends rather than for exploring dirt roads and trails.

If you want something more versatile, take a look at our guide to the best 2018 gravel & adventure bikes, which covers this super-versatile and still-developing category.

Boardman ASR 8.9 —£1,300

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The Boardman ASR, or "all season road", is a really good value package that offers a relaxed ride with the classic looks and feel of steel, the modern convenience of hydraulic discs brakes, and clearance for wide tyres. It does fine duty as an all-weather commuter or as a bike for long day rides. Eating up long, steady miles in comfort is what the ASR does best.

The 8.9 arrives ready for winter, with mudguards fitted to the Reynolds 725 steel frame, 28mm Vittoria tyres, plus reflective frame details ticking all the boxes for commuting through the rough British weather. Remove the mudguards and the bike easily has clearance for wider tyres, so it also fits the bill for summer towpath pootling and brief gravel forays. There's a full Shimano 105 groupset here with hydraulic disc brakes, and Boardman's own bar and tubeless-ready wheels, so with, say, 28mm road tyres like Schwalbe Ones it's as capable an Audax or club-run bike as it is a commuter.

Read our review of the Boardman ASR 8.9
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Canyon Endurace — £1,169-£6,249

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Canyon's wildly popular Endurace bikes went disc-equipped a couple of years ago, and are all the better for it. The models span one the biggest price ranges here, from £1,169 for the Shimano Tiagra-equipped Endurace Wmn 7.0 AL Disc up to the £6,249 Endurace CF SLX Disc 9.0 Ltd with SRAM eTap wireless shifting and DT Swiss carbon fibre wheels.

Read our review of the Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9.0

BMC Roadmachine — £1,300-£9,900

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BMC’s Roadmachines are disc-braked fast endurance machines with room for at least 28mm tyres. The range includes aluminium and carbon fibre frames, with a range of equipment from Shimano Tiagra to SRAM Red eTap. The arrival of 2019 bikes such as the new top-model Roadmachine 01 ONE means there are some good deals available on 2018 bikes at the moment.

Find out more about BMC’s Roadmachine range here
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Focus Paralane — £1,399-£6,499

 2018 Focus Paralane Ultegra Di2

​The seven-bike Paralane range starts with the £1,399 aluminium-framed Paralane Al Tiagra and goes right up to the £6,499 carbon-framed Paralane eTap. Long-ride features include comfort-enhancing tube profiles and carbon layup, a skinny seatpost and 28mm tyres, that together provide a smooth ride that is up there with the best in this category. It isolates you from the worst road buzz but without completely detaching you from the road entirely. It's a really good balance for those who want some feedback from the surface without being shaken to pieces.

Read our review of the Focus Paralane Ultegra
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Whyte Wessex — £2,199-£6,750

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Fast and sporty, with all the practicality and dependability of hydraulic disc brakes, wide tyres and space for full-length mudguards, the Whyte Wessex is a bike that is up to the task of taking on the roughest roads and toughest weather.

If you put racing to one side, it's all the bike you really need for year-round riding in the UK, fast enough for sportives and pacy training runs, comfortable and reliable for grinding out winter miles, and at home on longer commutes. Only a British company could design a bike that is absolutely, perfectly, 100 per cent suited to the demands of year-round UK road cycling.

Read our review of the Whyte Wessex
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Pinnacle Dolomite Ltd — £1,700

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The Dolomite Ltd is built around a 6061 aluminium frame with a full-carbon fork, and it comes with Shimano's super-popular 105 groupset. Mindful of UK conditions, Pinnacle has fitted full mudguards and added an internally-wired front and rear dynamo lighting system to the Ltd model.

Read our review of the Pinnacle Dolomite 5
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Giant Contend SL Disc — £999-£1,249

2019 Giant Contend SL 1 Disc

The Giant Contend SL Disc bikes feature an Aluxx SL frameset, D-Fuse seatpost that’s designed to add comfort and Giant Conduct hydraulic disc brakes. You get mechanical shifters with a cable to hydraulic converter at the front of the stem. It's a nifty solution to avoiding the (more expensive) Shimano shifters but the jury's out on the aesthetics of the converter.

Check out our first look at the Giant Contend SL range
Read our guide to Giant’s 2018 range
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Vitus Zenium — £629.99-£1,299.99

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Vitus’s four Zenium bikes are all disc-equipped and you get to choose between frames made from 6061 and 7046 aluminium alloy.

The £1,299.99 (now £949.99) Zenium SL VR Disc comes with a Shimano 105 groupset, Shimano RS-505 hydraulic disc brakes and DT Swiss E1800 Spline 23 wheels, while the Tiagra-equipped base model, imaginatively called the Zenium Disc Tiagra has just been reduced to £630, which makes it a bit of a bargain.

Read our review of the 2017 Vitus Zenium SL Disc
Vitus bikes are available through Chain Reaction Cycles

Wilier Cento10NDR — £5,100-£9,300

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Wilier’s Cento10NDR endurance road bike is designed to take either rim brakes or disc brakes – you get mount points for both. It also features what’s called an ‘Actiflex’ system on the rear triangle with stays that flex, a pivot at the top of the seatstays and an elastomer shock damper, the idea being to provide a few millimetres of rear wheel travel in order to isolate the rider from the ground and add comfort.

The chainstays are bonded to the bottom bracket shell in the usual way, the Actiflex system relying, as the name suggests, on flex in the stays in order to work.

The dropouts of both the frame and fork are replaceable so you can run the bike with standard quick release skewers or 142 x 12mm thru axles.

Find out more about the Wilier Cento10NDR here
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Trek Domane Disc — £1,260-£8,750

2019 Trek Domane SLR 8 Disc

Trek’s Domane range includes different framesets in aluminium and carbon fibre, and all of the disc-equipped models feature an IsoSpeed decoupler that allows the seat tube to move relative to the top tube and seatstays, so the saddle can move downwards (and a little backwards), providing more give and adding comfort to the ride.

More expensive models get a front IsoSpeed system designed to increase comfort and control, along with adjustment to the rear IsoSpeed decoupler. A lot of technology goes into keeping you comfortable!

Read our guide to Trek’s 2018 road bike range here
Have a look at the Trek Domane here
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Specialized Roubaix £1,519-£9,500

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Specialized’s carbon-fibre Roubaix bikes feature a suspension damper housed in the top of the head tube that aims to isolate the handlebar from bumps and cobbles. It's called Future Shock, provides up to 20mm of suspension travel and can be adjusted to suit different rider weights.

The Roubaix is a disc-only bike these days, uses thru-axles front and rear, and has space for 32mm tyres.

Check out Specialized’s 2018 road bike range here
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Cannondale Synapse Disc — £850-£7,800

2019 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Cannondale offers both aluminium and carbon-fibre versions of its Synapse endurance bike. The cheapest of the aluminium models is just £849.99, built up with Shimano’s dependable Sora groupset and Promax mechanical disc brakes.

At the other end of the range, the Synapse Hi-Mod Disc with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components is priced at £7,799.99.

Read our coverage of the Cannondale Synapse Disc launch
Read our review of the £2,699 2016 Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc
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Scott Addict Disc — £1,954.14-£2,294.14

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Scott’s carbon fibre Addict Disc bikes are built to an endurance geometry and they’re said to be both lighter and stiffer than the Solace models that they replace. They come with 32mm wide tyres for plenty of comfort. All three models use Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

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Rose Team GF 4 Disc — from £1,995.74-£2,812.56

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The Team GF 4 Disc takes over from the Xeon CDX in Rose’s lineup and is designed for long distances rides like sportives. The carbon frame comes with a claimed weight of just 990g, which is very light for a bike of this kind. You get to choose from four different Shimano and SRAM builds.

Lapierre Sensium Disc— £2,299-£2,749

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The Sensium, available in both disc and rim brake models, comes with a carbon-fibre frame that’s built to an endurance geometry designed to be comfortable throughout long days in the saddle.

The more affordable of the two disc models, the Senium 500 Disc, features a Shimano 105 groupset while the Sensium 600 Disc makes the step up to Ultegra.

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J. Laverack J.ACK Disc £3,650-£6,950

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Yeah, you could have carbon, but in some people's eyes, it will never look as good as titanium.

There is also something fantastic about having a bike built just for you, your riding style and what you intend to use the bike for. With custom head badge options, eyelets and shot blasted graphics on top of that, the J.ACK becomes part bike, part work of art.

J.Laverack also works with the likes of Hope, Hunt and Brooks to make the bike brilliantly British.

Check out our review of the J.Laverack R J.ACK III

Check out 12 of 2018’s hottest disc brake-equipped race bikes

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bauchlebastart [126 posts] 1 year ago
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Canyon's Endurace is a glaring omission.

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TypeVertigo [428 posts] 1 year ago
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bauchlebastart wrote:

Canyon's Endurace is a glaring omission.

If running mudguards is a purchase consideration (as some people may think so, given the "do it all" moniker), I'd dock the Endurace as it has no mounts for them in any iteration. The Inflite AL is the only option if the bike has to come from Canyon.

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Trickytree1984 [56 posts] 1 year ago
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Check out the value of the Eastway range.

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Langsam [71 posts] 1 year ago
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I just picked up a barely-used Carrera Vanquish disc road bike, (16-speed Claris) for £220, and it's a nice ride. Tektro Lyra mechanical discs. Max tyre size seems to be 28, alas. I'd like to go bigger. The 8-speed cassette has pretty big gearing jumps, but you get used to it.

 

Should one pop up on your radar they're worth a look.

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Canyon48 [1080 posts] 1 year ago
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TypeVertigo wrote:
bauchlebastart wrote:

Canyon's Endurace is a glaring omission.

If running mudguards is a purchase consideration (as some people may think so, given the "do it all" moniker), I'd dock the Endurace as it has no mounts for them in any iteration. The Inflite AL is the only option if the bike has to come from Canyon.

Not all of the others in the article have mudguard mounts.

I don't know why Canyon don't offer discretely hidden mudguard mounts on their Endurance though.

Had it not been for the fact that Canyon doesn't do mudguard mounts (and that I got a fantastic deal on the Wessex), I would have chosen an Endurace over the Wessex for my year-round road commuter bike.

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Ratfink [207 posts] 1 year ago
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The Raleigh  mustang looks like it could do with handlebar tassles and those little plastic things that slide up and down the spokes.

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Canyon48 [1080 posts] 1 year ago
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Ratfink wrote:

The Raleigh  mustang looks like it could do with handlebar tassles and those little plastic things that slide up and down the spokes.

It's a shame as the previous Raleigh CX type bikes were very respectable.

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dvmalloy [1 post] 1 year ago
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I wouldn't trade my Endurace for very many of these.  Unbelievably capable and comfortable, I enjoy it more with every ride!

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bobbypuk [62 posts] 1 year ago
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Ratfink wrote:

The Raleigh  mustang looks like it could do with handlebar tassles and those little plastic things that slide up and down the spokes.

 

And what on earth is the gearing doing? Either the chain length is really wrong or they're running 11x40 with the 11 at the front. It hurts my eyes.

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steviewevie [52 posts] 1 year ago
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Canyon Endurace for me (got one on order).

 

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NicholasM [9 posts] 1 year ago
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Meanwhile, the Canyon Endurace sells in bucketloads.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2428 posts] 1 year ago
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bobbypuk wrote:

Ratfink wrote:

The Raleigh  mustang looks like it could do with handlebar tassles and those little plastic things that slide up and down the spokes.

 

And what on earth is the gearing doing? Either the chain length is really wrong or they're running 11x40 with the 11 at the front. It hurts my eyes.

Why do you think the chain length is wrong? The angle of the derailleur as it's pulled into tension is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact given the 42/40 it's well inside the norm for big big!

Maybe you think an overly long chain would be better and ignore that would give a slack/loose chain if running 40-11.

 

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Alessandro [176 posts] 1 year ago
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Cannondale seem to have nailed it with the Synapse finally by adding in mudguard mounts. I was close to pulling the trigger on a Kinesis 4S but have now got the Synapse 105 SE in my sights. 

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Gaijin [1 post] 1 year ago
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Mat Brett / David Arthur -

How would you rank Trek Domane, Canyon Endurace and Cervelo C3/C5 (components being equal) ? 

  • It would seem that Canyon is advantageous from a cost performance point of view.
  • Meanwhile Trek has invested heavily in the Domane
  • And Cervelo is pretty slick
  • ...Bianchi's Infinito CV appears to still be on recall...

Thanks !

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jumbo469 [12 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice bikes with good practicability.... I have a 2016 Genesis Datum 30, with 35mm tyres, full mudguards and ride it everyday commute / sportive and wouldn’t swap it for the world 

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jumbo469 [12 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice bikes with good practicability.... I have a 2016 Genesis Datum 30, with 35mm tyres, full mudguards and ride it everyday commute / sportive and wouldn’t swap it for the world 

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DA69 [16 posts] 1 year ago
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Suddenly my non-disc bikes look old. Sometimes I hate marketing, it's too expensive to keep up!

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CXR94Di2 [2251 posts] 12 months ago
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Kinesis Tripster V2. Can run upto 50mm tyres, disc brakes internal routing, relaxed geometry.
£3.5k for full Di2 Synchro shift.

Setup currently for sportives/club runs. Other setup are trail riding with 40mm Schwalbe G-Ones. Mountain climbing with 11-40 rear Cass wheel.

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leaway2 [89 posts] 9 months ago
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And yet the Ribble CGR that is not in the list gets the best bike award.

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grnbrg [2 posts] 3 months ago
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I ordered a Canyon in the US, and it looked great, but they wouldn't swap out the cockpit for one that fit me, so I sent it back.  They made all kinds of excuses about why they couldn't do it (not enough  money to upgrade the website, etc).  They also took a week to respond to emails.  So now you know why their price is so low.  Beautiful bike if you can fit it from looking at a web page.

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bikeman01 [61 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
bobbypuk wrote:

Ratfink wrote:

The Raleigh  mustang looks like it could do with handlebar tassles and those little plastic things that slide up and down the spokes.

 

And what on earth is the gearing doing? Either the chain length is really wrong or they're running 11x40 with the 11 at the front. It hurts my eyes.

Why do you think the chain length is wrong? The angle of the derailleur as it's pulled into tension is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact given the 42/40 it's well inside the norm for big big!

Maybe you think an overly long chain would be better and ignore that would give a slack/loose chain if running 40-11.

 

Am I blind? Why are you all discussing a bike that's not even featured in this article?

 

Oh I now see what's happened, this is a recycled article and your comments are from 8 months ago - jeeez wtf

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jspash [1 post] 1 month ago
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I ordered a Canyon in the US, and it looked great, but they wouldn't swap out the cockpit for one that fit me, so I sent it back.  They made all kinds of excuses about why they couldn't do it (not enough  money to upgrade the website, etc).  They also took a week to respond to emails.  So now you know why their price is so low.  Beautiful bike if you can fit it from looking at a web page.

I ordered an Endurace using the "Perfect Position System" which is Canyon's self-fitting web form where you enter about a dozen body measurements like arm & leg length. The bike arrived absolutely spot on size wise. And running 28mm tyres it's the most confortable bike I've ridden.

The only downside in my opinion is the legions of GCN fanboys around the world also have one on order. So hipsters like me get upset because the uniqueness factor is lessened. I see more and more around all the time.