Britain's Bowman Cycles has unveiled a disc brake version of its Palace aluminium road bike, along with a new model called the Weald – also aluminium – that replaces the Pilgrims Disc endurance bike.
The Palace 3 is the first disc-brake version of this aluminium race bike, rim brake models having been launched in 2014 and 2017.
"The Palace 3 is Our Go-To Speed machine, perfect for racing crits, descending your favourite local back road, chasing KOMs or outsprinting your friends for the town sign," says Bowman.
The new frameset features the geometry of the rim brake model – praised by reviewer Stu – but the 6069-T6 aluminium alloy tubeset has been updated and the full-carbon fork has been slimmed down.
"Combined with the flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru axles and updated cable routing, we’ve increased comfort without sacrificing the punch," says Bowman.
The Weald (main pic, above) is made from 6069-T6 aluminium too, although it's a very different bike.
"The Weald is ready for long day rides through to nights away, right up to the most inspired of long-distance adventures," says Bowman.
It takes over from where the Pilgrims Disc left off as an endurance bike, so the geometry is more relaxed than that of the Palace 3 (above), a slightly longer head tube putting you into a more long distance-friendly riding position.
It comes with clearance for tyres up to 32mm wide and you get a full set of mudguard mounts. The CNCed head tube is an unusual size, housing a 1in upper bearing, flaring out to 1 1/2in at the bottom. Bowman says it has chosen this configuration to reduce weight while maintaining front end stiffness.
The fork is full-carbon and, like the frame, it takes a flat mount disc brake and a 12mm thru axle.
For more info head over to bowman-cycles.com.
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