Our Guide To Disc Brake Sportive Bikes

If you’re looking at spending long hours in the saddle you might want to consider a sportive bike. They are built for eating up miles in comfort. A sportive road bike or endurance bike will fit the bill due to its less aggressive geometry and ability to fit larger, more supple tyres. Most sportive bikes come with disc brakes for extra stopping power in all conditions. Here’s a few of the latest bikes that we recommend.

Ribble Gran Fondo Disc

Ribble Gran Fondo Disc

What they say

The brand new Gran Fondo Disc raises the bar for lightweight carbon disc bikes for longer endurance riding. It has been designed with sporting geometry with your perfect position on the bike the upmost priority. Gran Fondo is an Italian term which loosely translates to “Big Ride” – we want you to be comfortable whatever you call a big ride, whether that is 10 or 110 miles.

Key specifications

  • Ribble Gran Fondo Carbon frame and forks
  • Shimano 105 Hydraulic Disc 11 Speed Groupset
  • Mavic Aksium Disc Wheelset
  • Deda Zero 2 Handlebar & Stem
  • Up to 28mm tyres

Our verdict

A very nice frameset with the excellent Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset and quality Deda finishing kit. The spec we’ve listed is Ribble’s recommended build and can be customised to suit your needs. The Gran Fondo should definitely be on your shortlist.

Where to buy

Price

£1,799

From

Ribble

Price correct at time of publishing.

Cube Attain GTC SLT Disc

Cube Attain GTC SLT Disc

What they say

Every range needs its flagship and, for the Attain series, this is it: the GTC SLT. The culmination of all our expertise in carbon frame technology, this bike is all the proof you need that comfort and high performance aren’t mutually exclusive. Far from it, in fact – this is a bike that’s right at home leading out the peloton day after day, whether on a long alpine climb or a high speed, twisting descent.

Key specifications

  • GTC Carbon Frame with Flat Mount Disc, Road Comfort Geometry.
  • Cube CSL Race Disc Carbon Fork
  • Cube Stem, bars and seatpost
  • Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset
  • Fulcrum Racing 66 wheelset
  • Ultegra BR-R8070, Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Our verdict

The Cub Attain represents amazing value for money. As do Cube bikes in general. This is a highly specced bike with a stunning frameset and excellent components and is built for comfort and long distance rides. You’ll be searching for a while to find a better value bike.

Where to buy

Price

£2,099.00

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.

BMC Roadmachine 02 Three 2018

BMC Roadmachine 02 Three

What they say

Who said you couldn’t have it all? Due to the ultimate advancements in a re-Tuned Compliance Concept, this bike challenges the traditional road bike categories. From axle to axle, the new Roadmachine delivers sleek, integrated technologies and hints at free speed from every angle. It is lightweight, fast, and incredibly integrated. Brilliant pedaling efficiency and the ideal level of compliance for legendary days of riding leave you with no doubts; this bike has it all.

Key specifications

  • Roadmachine 02 Carbon Frame
  • Roadmachine 02 Carbon Fork, Disc-specific
  • Shimano 105 groupset
  • Shimano BR-RS505 Hydraulic brakes
  • Mavic Aksium Allroad Disc Wheels, Thru Axle (12mm)
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro Tyres, 28mm
  • BMC Seatpost, bars and stem
  • Selle Royal Saddle

Our verdict

BMC produce some stunning bikes that really stand out from the rest. This roadmachime comes with a full Shimano 105 groupset, hydraulic brakes, future-proof wheels and decent finishing kit. Top quality frameset and well-specced components to match the great looks.

Where to buy

Price

£2,650.00

Price correct at time of publishing.

Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0

Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0

What they say

The Endurace CF SLX carbon frame, weighing just 820 g, is one of the lightest disc road frames in the market and has been designed to be comfortable with its Sport Geometry and vertically compliant carbon layup, while retaining that extra rigidity to be a beast when you put the hammer down. With a slightly higher stack and shorter reach, this is a frame that you should be able to feel comfortable riding for long distances and pleasant hours.

Key specifications

  • Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc Frame And Carbon Forks
  • Full Shimano 8000 groupset
  • Powerful Shimano 8020 disc brakes
  • Reynolds Assault LE Disc Carbon Wheelset
  • 28mm Continental Grand Prix 4000s II Tyres
  • Fizik Aliante R5 Saddle
  • Canyon Aero combined bars and stem

Our verdict

Super value for money, top spec and one of the best sportive bikes you’re likely to find. The Canyon is lightweight and looks great. The Reynolds wheels are excellent with added aero benefit. You can even fit 33mm tyres for extra comfort. Top bike and highly recommended.

Where to buy

Price

£3,899.00

From

Canyon

Price correct at time of publishing.

Mason Definition Ultegra Di2 Hydro

Mason Definition Ultegra Di2 Hydro

What they say

A premium, Italian crafted, custom tubed, Dedacciai Aluminium framed bike with many of the advanced features of modern carbon bikes, but offering way more. Thru-Axle front and rear with the latest ‘Flat-Mount Disc’ brakes, adaptable internal routing, Electronic shifting and 1x gearing options and clearance for larger tyres and mudguards mean our bikes are perfect for getting your head down and knocking off the miles in all seasons and across all surfaces.

Key specifications

  • Dedacciai performance Aluminium frame with Mason Aperture2 full carbon Thru-Axle/Flat-Mount fork and the latest Thru-Axle/Flat-Mount dropouts.
  • Full Shimano Ultegra R8070, 11speed, electronic groupset.
  • Powerful BR-R8070 Hydraulic Disc-brakes.
  • Specially developed, Mason x Hunt disc-specific wheel set.
  • Lightweight alloy Deda Zero100 bars and Zero100Performance stem.
  • UK designed, Carbon rail Fabric Scoop Pro saddle.
  • Fully and discretely eyeletted for rack and ‘guards.

Our verdict

The Mason Definition is one fine bike. Built for comfort using a modern aluminium frame and carbon forks, it may end up being the only bike you’ll ever need. A top specification along with clearance for full mudguards makes this a dream bike. The colourway and attention to detail are superb.

Where to buy

Price

£3,995.00

From

Mason

Price correct at time of publishing.