The Rise of Disc Road Bikes

If there's one story that's dominated Interbike 2013, it's the rise of the disk road bike. Between the release of SRAM Red 22 Hydro units earlier this summer and Shimano's R785 levers, optimized to work with Ultegra Di2, companies are now showing enthusiast level bikes equipped with the latest in stopping technology. Scouring the floor, we selected the most interesting disc equipped road bikes.

S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc Red

The S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc Red makes use of the same SL4 frame the company released for 2013, but is upgraded with SRAM's new road disc technology for greater stopping power in wet conditions. With disc brakes illegal on UCI road race bikes, manufactures are targeting recreational riders with their disc models. Though most disc road bikes are race worthy, they feature longer wheelbases and a more relaxed geometry than standard models.

BMC Granfondo GF01 Disc

The BMC Granfondo GF01 Disc is a bike designed to do it all—with a focus on comfort over racing. With a shoulder-friendly top tube and 28mm tires, the bike can easily tackle cyclocross courses and gravel roads. The frame is intended for electronic shifting only and comes outfitted with BMC's first-ever shallow carbon rims.

Viaje by Volagi Cycles

We love bikes that can do it all, and the Viaje by Volagi Cycles takes that idea to the extreme. Funded by a $123,000 Kickstarter campaign, this steel frame features up to 14mm of vertical compliance—due to the unique seatstay design, and can fit either road or cross tires. But because of the lower bottom bracket height, the bike still handles like a relaxed road bike.

Pinarello DogmaK

Featuring SRAM's Red 22 groupset, the DogmaK Hydro offers a more relaxed fit and comfortable ride than the racier 65.1. Chosen by Team Sky for early season classics races, the geometry and longer wheelbase provide a more stable ride and clearance for wider tires.

Bianchi Infinito CV

The Bianchi Infinito CV was raced at this year's Paris-Roubaix and makes its disc debut in 2014, featuring SRAM components. The bike includes a dampening material sandwiched between the carbon layers to reduce vibrations, and offers a taller head tube and longer wheelbase to make it comfortable on longer rides and rough roads.

Wilier Cento1 SR

This disc version of the Cento1 SR will come to the U.S. as a frameset only, but it features the same geometry and frame weight as it's non-disc sibling.

Colnago C59 Disc

At the 2012 Eurobike trade show, Colnago made a big splash by debuting the C59 Disc bike. Based on the popular C59 frame used by the Europcar team, the disc model comes with a special fork and a new reinforced rear triangle to handle the unique stresses posed by disc brakes.

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