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A £1,100 aluminium road bike with a Shimano 105 groupset and disc brakes

The £1,100 Forme Longcliffe 0 has arrived here at road.cc for testing, the first road bike from the UK brand to feature disc brakes. 

The fame is made from 6061 aluminium alloy while the fork has carbon-fibre legs and an alloy steerer.

The Longcliffe 0 is built up with a Shimano 105 11-speed groupset and cable operated Shimano R317 disc brakes. The complete bike weighs 9.72kg (21.4lb).

The Vitus Zenium SL Disc that we reviewed earlier in the year was £1,299.99 although it’s now available discounted to £899.99. 

That’s another bike with an aluminium alloy frame – this time 6066-T6 triple butted – with a Shimano 105 groupset. The disc brakes are TRP Spyres which, again, are cable operated.

We said: “Very good semi-race bike that responds well to hard efforts.”

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The £1,299 Whyte Suffolk 105, like the Forme Longcliffe 0, centres on a 6061 aluminium alloy frame and, as the name indicates, it’s fitted with a Shimano 105 groupset.

“An excellent frame with great riding characteristics but let down by its tyres,” we said, the tyres in question being Maxxis Roulers.

It’s worth noting that the Forme Longcliffe 0 is a couple of hundred pounds cheaper than either of these bikes.

The Pinnacle Dolomite 5 we reviewed has a 6061-T6 aluminium alloy frame with Shimano 105 components and Shimano BR-785 hydraulic disc brakes.

We called it a “thoroughly likeable all-rounder with a killer selling point: hydraulic disc brakes on a £1,000 bike”. It’s actually available for £850 now.

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We’re beginning our review process now and will be back with a review of the Forme Longcliffe 0 early in the new year.

For more details go to formebikes.co.uk.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.