Disc brakes are sweeping through the road cycling industry and the latest to offer a disc-equipped road bike is Fondriest, the Italian brand revealing the new TFDisc for 2015. The framesets costs £2,199 and the complete Ultegra mechanical and hydraulic disc model as pictured is £4,399.
Fondriest has constructed the frame and fork from carbon fibre and claim a 990g weight for a size medium, a respectable weight for a frame modified to take disc brakes. The new fork, which slides into a tapered head tube, weighs a claimed 380g.
It’s one of the cleaner looking disc-equipped road bikes we’ve seen, with the rear brake caliper mounted on the chainstays and the brake hoses and gear cables internally routed. The frame is compatible with electronic groupsets with interchangeable plugs in the frame.
Shimano recommended minimum 415mm chainstays for bikes with disc brakes, to ensure a clean chain line with the wider rear axle of a disc frame, and that’s what Fondriest has specced on the TFDisc. Other important numbers includes a 100.5cm wheelbase, 55cm head tube and 73 degree head angle and 73.5 degree seat angles.
Most carbon road frames are specced with press-fit bottom brackets these days, but Fondriest has bucked the trend and instead used a conventional external threaded bottom bracket. The company has also stuck with convention with the wheel axles, using quick releases rather than adopting a bolt-thru axle approach.
Fondriest UK importer Impact Cycle Trading will mainly be selling framesets, which will set you back £2,199. They’ll do complete builds as well, and the Shimano Ultegra mechanical 11-speed with hydraulic disc brakes as pictured on this page will cost £4,399. With that groupset a pair of Vision Metron Disc Carbon wheels, Fondriest reckon you’ll be looking at a 7.1kg bike weight. Impressive if that is the case.
This is very much a bike we look forward to swinging a leg over soon.
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.