The biggest trend in the road cycling market for 2015 is disc-equipped road bikes. At Eurobike last week, the world’s biggest gathering of bicycle manufacturers, there were loads of new disc road bikes to see, too many to put into one article in fact, so here is our second roundup - if you missed the first instalment you can read it here.
There weren’t many steel-framed disc road bikes at the show, but there were a couple. This is Raleigh’s brand new Maverick steel road bike with disc brakes. Raleigh wanted to offer a versatile road bike with plenty of tyre clearance and the sort of versatility that we love here at road.cc, and they've done a good job we reckon.
The Maverick used to be a mountain bike way back in the day, now the name is being used for a touring/gravel racing bike that looks to tap into the growing popularity of bikes that can accommodate wider treaded tyres for taking off-road. With the popularity of bikes like the Genesis Equilibrium and Croix de Fer, we can see this being a really popular model for Raleigh.
Several builds will be offered, this one has TRP's Hy/Rd hydraulic disc brakes fitted.
Most of the attention might be on the C60 Disc and V1-r Disc, but Colnago also showed the AC-R Disc. We tested the regular AC-R, the company’s new entry-level carbon fibre road bike, about a year ago and were hugely impressed with its performance. We can't wait to test the disc version.
Colnago is continuing their approach of offering disc and non-disc versions of their road bikes, giving you the consumer the choice to choose whichever braking system you prefer. The AC-R also uses a paint job that mirrors the one used on the C60.
The Italian manufacturers are really a forward-thinking bunch, here’s the disc-equipped Astra from Basso. Like their regular Astra model, just modified with disc mounts front and rear.
No thru-axles here, they've stuck with conventional quick release axles front and rear, and use 140mm disc rotors.
The T700 high-modulus frame has been modified to account for the disc brake loads and it is is fitted tine Microtech Quantam Carbon disc wheels, which we’ve not seen before.
One of the trends we were expecting to see a bit more of was gravel bikes, but it's perhaps not that surprising really given the European outlook of the show. Gravel racing is huge in the US, at least it feels like it's a really big movement, but few European manufacturers have rushed to offer such a bike in their ranges.
That didn’t stop US frame builder Alchemy cycles from bringing their Aithon Carbon Gravel Racer along to display.
It’s been named after one of the “fire-breathing, immortal horses of the Greek gods” and features a proprietary carbon fork with massive tyre clearance. Of course it is designed around disc brakes and as with all Alchemy frames, you can customise just about every aspect of it. That's a 42mm tyre there.
We told you about the new Scott Solace Disc a few weeks ago, and it was properly unveiled at the show. Scott are just sticking a toe in the disc road bike market with this single model, an adaptation of their endurance/sportive Solace model.
They’ve looked to their mountain bike range for the thru-axles used front and rear on the Solace Disc, with a 15mm front axle and 12x142mm rear axle.
Stevens showed this Ventoux Disc last year, a disc version of their sportive frame, and it gets a fresh ne wpaint job and Shimano hydraulic disc groupset.
This is brand new though. It’s the Arcalis Disc, an aero frameset with hydraulic disc brakes. It’s one of the few aero road frames we spotted at the show with disc brakes actually (the Colnago V1-r being the notable other one) most manufacturers are sticking discs on their endurance/sportive models in this early phase of the disc revolution.
You can see the influence of the aerodynamic design on the tube profiles, in the way the seat tube wraps around the rear wheel and the compact seat stays form a neat junction onto the seat tube.
The slender top tube terminates with a rear-facing seat clamp and aero seatpost.
This is the same Storck Aernario Disc that wowed the Eurobike crowds last year. Since they’ve been busy developing other new models like the Aerfast, this bike hasn’t changed at all.
It uses thru-axles (one of the first road bikes to do so) and Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with DT wheels producing a claimed weight of just 6.3kg.
Another bike we first saw last year, and one that we were really impressed with, is the Orbea Avant. We’ve even tested an Ultegra Di2/hydraulic version of it earlier this year. The Spanish company haven’t made any significant changes to to is this year, it’s still using regular quick release axles as last year.
This is a properly versatile bike, you can fit mudguards, it takes 28mm tyres, you could even drop the discs and fit rim brakes if you really wanted. It allows Orbea to offer a vast range of models.
We went along to the Pinarello stand expecting to see something new on the disc front, but came away empty handed. They were showing the exact same (and we really mean exact) DogmaK Hydro Disc. It was one of most interesting bikes last year, based on the regular Dogma 65.1 that has now been replaced by the aero F8 for Team Sky racing duties, with a slightly modified frame to account for the disc brakes and internal hose routing.
The Marin Lombard is a staple of the company’s range, and a bit of a classic.
Not much has changed, but they have given it a new lick of paint which, with the Schwalbe tan sidewall tyres, looks absolutely brilliant.
The Lombard is an ideal do-a-bit-of-everything commuting/training/hybrid bike.
Parlee showed their new Altum Disc at Eurobike, and they also had this camo paint Z-Zero looking mighty fine complete with Lightweight’s new disc wheels.
The paint job is a great demonstration of the custom painting they’re able to provide. They’ve even painted the Enve stem and seat post to match. Parlee unveiled the Z-Zero, available with or without disc brakes, back in 2012, and it’s still a current model in their range.
BMC have been ahead of the disc road bike curve for some time, releasing their GranFondo Disc a good few years ago.
The GF is, as the name implies, their bike built for comfort with a more relaxed position. It’s available with several different specs, this one here has Shimano mechanical discs but they also had a bike built up with Shimano’s hydro discs as well.
It’s also pretty versatile, with neat little mudguard mounts on the fork and at the rear dropouts, so it would make the ideal UK winter bike.
The Time Fluidity Disc was one of the few disc-equipped road bikes we saw at Eurobike two years ago, and it was then wearing prototype Shimano disc brakes.
Now though the hydraulic disc brakes are a reality and here is the same frame with Shimano’s latest hydraulic disc brake group set and 140mm rotors front and rear. It’s a clean looking bike with all Di2 wires and hoses internally routed.
And in case you missed the first instalment of our 2015 disc road bike roundup from Eurobike, here it is.
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.