What disc brake bikes will the pros be riding in 2016?

Every disc brake bike that will be seen on the World Tour in 2016

After a successful two month trial at the end of the 2015 season, the UCI is to allow the use of disc brakes by all World Tour, Professional Continental, Continental, and women’s teams in 2016.

But what bikes will the teams be riding? Here’s our guide to the World Tour disc brake bikes in 2016.

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Ag2r-La Mondiale

Focus Izalco Max Disc

Bike: Focus Izalco Max Disc

The first of the two French World Tour teams, Ag2r-La Mondiale will be aboard the Focus Izalco Maix Disc in 2016, a bike that we recently crowned the best disc brake road bike of the year. This will be matched with SRAM HydroR hydraulic disc brakes.


Specialized S-Works Tarmac DiscBikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc, Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc

With Specialized producing two top-level disc brake road bikes, Astana should be able to match their bike to the race in 2016. Or at least they would be able to were it not for the fact that Campagnolo has yet to release its own disc brake system.

BMC Racing

BMC Granfondo Disc

Bike: BMC Granfondo GF01

BMC Racing will have just the one disc brake road bike in their stable for next year, the endurance-focused Granfondo GF01. Although the most exclusive build available to buy comes with Shimano Ultegra Di2, BMC are sure to be riding a version with Dura-Ace Di2 and Shimano hydraulic discs.

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cannondale synapse disc

Bike: Cannondale Synapse Disc

Cannondale is another company that does not yet have a full-out disc brake race bike available, so its pro team will likely save its disc brake trials until the Spring Classics when the Synapse Disc will be called into action.

Dimension Data

Cervelo R3 Disc

Bike: Cervelo R3 Disc

While new signing Mark Cavendish is likely to spend most of his time on the aero Cervelo S5, Dimension Data‘s climbers are sure to be pleased to have the Cervelo R3 Disc at their disposal if it has managed to retain the standard R3’s renowned handling.

Etixx-Quick Step

Specialized S-Works Roubaix Disc

Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc, Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc

Unlike Astana, Etixx-Quick Step will have the luxury of choosing between Specialized’s two disc brake road bikes in 2016, with the Tarmac being the team’s go-to disc bike, while the Roubaix is save for the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix.


Lapierre Sensium Disc

Bike: Lapierre Sensium Disc

The only disc brake road bike that Lapierre currently has on the market is the Sensium Disc, an endurance bike designed for long days in the saddle. Whether this will be used by the FDJ team or whether Lapierre will introduce a racier disc model, we’ll have to wait and see.


Giant Defy Advanced SL Disc

Bike: Giant Defy Advanced SL Disc

After its rim brake brother was ridden to victory in last year’s Paris-Roubaix by John Degenkolb, the Giant Defy Disc (which we crowned as our endurance bike of the year 2016) could well be the first disc brake bike to win a monument if the German is in anything like the same form that he was in 2015.

IAM Cycling

Scott Solace Disc

Bike: Scott Solace Disc

IAM Cycling are another team that will go into 2016 with only an endurance disc brake bike at its disposal. The thing is that most of the team’s riders didn’t ride the Solace during the 2015 Classics campaign, so we’d expect to see another Scott disc brake bike released before IAM make the transition.


Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc

Bike: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc

Surprisingly, Canyon doesn’t have any disc brake road bikes in production, but it did reveal a disc version of the Ultimate CF SLX Disc at Eurobike earlier this year, so we can expect to see the likes of Joaquim Rodriguez and Dani Moreno on board a prototype Ultimate Disc soon.


Merida Ride 7000 Disc

Bike: Merida Ride Disc

Neither of Merida’s top models, the Scultura and the Reacto, are available in disc brake versions just yet, so if the Lampre-Merida riders are going to be riding discs next year then they’ll be doing so aboard the Ride, Merida’s endurance bike.


bianchi inifinito cv disc

Bike: Bianchi Infinito CV Disc

While Campagnolo is dragging its heels when it comes to disc, another well-renowned Italian company is right up with the curve. Bianchi’s Infinito CV has already won a cobbled Tour stage courtesy of Lars Boom, and will see more Classics action in 2016


Ridley Fenix Disc

Bike: Ridley Fenix Disc

Like Astana, Lotto-Soudal have a disc brake bike to ride, but no brakes to put on it. The Ridley Fenix Disc is an endurance-minded frame built for rough roads, but with Campagnolo supplying Lott’s components, the team will have to stick with the standard Fenix for now.


Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc

Bike: Canyone Ultimate CF SLX Disc

Movistar are in perhaps the worst position of all the World Tour teams when it comes to moving across to disc brakes. Not only do Canyon not yet have an officially released disc brake bike, but the team’s groupset supplier, Campagnolo are also yet to announce any disc system.


Scott Solace Disc

Bike: Scott Solace Disc

Like fellow Scott riders IAM Cycling, Orica-Greenedge find themselves in a fairly weak position heading into the first full season of disc brake trials, with just the Solace in the team truck. We’re sure that Simon and Adam Yates are likely to want something a little lighter before making the switch to discs.

Team Sky

Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk

Bike: Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc

Team Sky were already testing the Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk at the tailend of the 2015 season, and this looks to continue being the team’s disc brake bike of choice in 2016. That is unless Pinarello is able to produce a disc brake version of the cobble-busting Dogma K8-S in time for Paris-Roubaix


Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc, Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc

Whether or not 2016 is his final season, we’re not sure that Alberto Contador, a man who has stuck steadfastly to mechanical shifting, will go anywhere near disc brakes. But if he does, then the Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc is likely to be his machine of choice.

Trek Factory Racing

Trek Domane Disc

Bike: Trek Domane

Trek Factory Racing‘s Markel Irizar said that discs were the future after testing them at the Vuelta a España this year, but will probably have to wait until the Classics season to ride them again with Trek only producing one disc brake bike: the highly-decorated (mainly thanks to Fabian Cancellara) Trek Domane.