By Paul Norman
Ribble has overhauled its Gran Fondo endurance-focussed carbon road bike, adding disc brakes.
It says that it has “curated” the geometry to increase rider comfort ad improve fit. So there’s a slightly longer head tube for a more upright ride position, taking weight off the shoulders for increased upper body comfort on longer rides.
Ribble says it has also reduced the head tube angle, leading to a longer wheelbase and a more stable ride. Coupled to the new disc brakes for assured braking in the wet or dry, Ribble says that this all adds up to a more relaxed ride experience for epic ride days.
The Gran Fondo Disc frame will work with cable-operated gearing as well as being compatible with Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting. It uses the flat mount brake caliper standard.
According to James Dove of Ribble: “Our Gran Fondo Disc is the perfect bike for those who are looking for a relaxed, comfortable ride with the bonus of more predictable braking offered by disc brakes. Adding a disc brake option to the Gran Fondo increases the versatility of the bike and means that there’s something for every type of rider in the Ribble range including this spectacular bike with superior stopping power.”
Watch: Eight things to know about disc brakes
The Gran Fondo Disc is available in five sizes at prices from £1199. Ribble’s recommended build with Shimano 105 hydraulic braking, Mavic Aksium Disc wheelset and Deda finishing kit comes in at £1503. That’s around a £250 to £300 premium over the rim brake version of the Gran Fondo.
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