Italian frame maker Officina Battaglin has unveiled a disc brake version of their most popular modern steel road bike frameset. The new Power+ Disc combines all the characteristics of their oversized Columbus Spirit frame, now with flat mount discs and thru-axles.
Battaglin Power+ Disc, modern Italian steel road frame
The small production frame shop of 1981 Giro-Vuelta double winner Giovanni Battaglin is best known for their steel bikes. And the Power+ has been their most popular, as an all around performance road bike. So it makes sense that this would be their first road bike to get the disc brake treatment. Battaglin himself said that “many customers were already asking for a disc version of the Power+, but we wanted it to be a little different and have its own identity.” So the new bike gets its own mostly blue color scheme of the same Power+ modern replica design, based on his brand’s Refin Pro Team design from the 1990s.
The new Power+ Disc frame combines traditional fillet-brazed steel construction with the performance benefits of the dramatically oversized & shaped, triple-butted Columbus HSS Spirit tubeset.
And of course throw in the new flat mount disc brake tabs brazed into the non-driveside chainstay, plus a new set of hooded 12mm thru-axle dropouts.
The frames feature a tapered headtube with integrated headset, a threaded BSA bottom bracket, traditional downtube mechanical shift routing, and rear brake routing that is internal along the downtube then external along the chainstay. The framesets include a painted to match full carbon monocoque fork (apparently
not from a Columbus Futura Gravel which will clear 40mm tires and can be fit with a fender) also with a 12mm axle and flat mount brake.
Claimed frames weigh in under 2kg, and Battaglin says their bikes are routinely built up with light carbon wheels & components under 7.5kg.
The bikes are said to get slightly longer chainstays to accommodate bigger tires as road disc bikes have settled around at least 28-30mm for a performance and comfort balance. Sizing charts from Battaglin still list the chainstay length unchanged at 410mm. But the geometry table does show a whopping eighteen size range in one centimeter seattube increments from 47-64cm.
The new Power+ Disc frame is handmade to order at Battaglin’s Italian factory. The Grand Tour winner takes oversees the sizing process of every frame they build, offering insight and advice to ensure that every buyer gets on a bike for to their body and riding style. If you are in North America, you can even get the bike hand delivered thanks to the mobile shops of Velofix. Check the Battaglin stores & mobile shops page for your closest dealer. Retail pricing for the frameset is $3340/2690€ including frame, fork, headset, seat clamp, and both thru-axles.