Disc brakes are sweeping like wildfire through the bike industry and the latest bike brand to adopt disc brakes is Dutch bicycle company Sensa, with its new Giulia G2 Disc. That’s not all, it has also launched the GiuliAero, an aero road bike based on the Giulia with some of the latest aero tech.
Giulia G2 Disc
Let’s take a closer look at the new Giulia G2 Disc. As you can imagine from the name, it’s based on the regular Giulia G2 that Dave tested back in April. He found it a “very good sportive or race-day bike with a fast feel and aero touches.” You can read his full review at the link below.
With the new disc-equipped bike, the company has retained the same basic outline as the regular Giulia G2 but embraced the two key technologies of the latest disc road bikes, namely 12mm thru-axles and Flat Mount, Shimano’s standard for mounting disc brake calipers to the frame and fork.
There’s fully internal cable and hose routing inside the fork and down tube. The frame is Di2 compatible as well. Other key details include a tapered head tube, PF86 bottom bracket and 27.2mm seatpost.
The frame retains the same aero tube profiles as the regular bike, with a narrower down tube, slimmer seatstays and a Smooth AirFlow fork, all designed to reduce drag. Frame weight is a claimed 1kg, with the fork coming in at 385g.
Merlin Cycles, the exclusive UK distributor for Sensa, is offering five builds price from £2,205 up to £4,023. The most affordable model gets a Shimano 105 groupset with hydraulic brake levers and Supra RA Disc wheels and Schwalbe Lugano 25mm tyres.
Meet the GiuliAero, an all-new aero road bike. It’s loosely based on the Giulia G2 - you can see a similarity in the front triangle if you look closely - but it has reshaped all the tube profiles to reduce drag as much as possible.
It has lowered the skinny rear stays to create a compact rear triangle, a common feature on aero bikes, and it has raised the downtube and raised the fork crown, in the process increasing tyre clearance up to 28mm. Lowering the head tube has gained back the low front-end such a rider buying an aero race bike craves.
There’s a new ‘flatback’ aero carbon seatpost with an integrated seat clamp in the top tube. Direct mount brakes are positioned in the usual places, and there is a tapered fork and PF86 bottom bracket for maximum stiffness. It claims a 975g frame weight, and 375g for the fork.
Prices for a full build with Shimano Ultegra start at £2,047 and rise to £3,815 with a Dura-Ace 9170 Di2 groupset. Bikes will come fitted with Supra parts, the company’s own brand, including the RA Pro deep section wheels, stem, handlebar and seatpost. Tyres are 25mm Schwalbe One Performance.
Sensa Bikes are sold exclusively through online retailer Merlin Cycles. We'll be getting the new Giulia G2 Disc in for review when it's available in a couple of weeks. More at http://bikes.merlincycles.com
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.