Built to offer the same level of endurance riding performance as their more expensive Quartz line-up at a more attainable price, the new Fusion & Fusion Disc bring a lot of the same carbon tech to a broader audience. Working off their race-bred carbon road bikes, BH worked to design a new bike to deliver more comfort for never-ending rides, build out of more affordable carbon materials and with a build spec to match. What resulted is a pair of bikes that balance comfort and stiffness, ideal for long distance riding…
Combing a bit more of an upright geometry, with a taller headtube and a compact sloping front triangle, to a tight rear end with trimmed down 406mm chainstays, the Fusion bikes can keep a rider comfortable for the long haul without giving up much in the way of snappy handling and fast acceleration.
The bikes still get a lot of the tech of the more pricey BH endurance and race bikes with an optimized carbon layup for drivetrain stiffness, a full carbon tapered fork, and fully internal routing. Even with a lesser carbon spec the Fusion still delivers a medium frame at a claimed weight of 900g, with the disc brake version said to be about the same weight.
Both bikes stick to the workhorse Shimano 105 groupset with FSA Omega compact cranks to deliver performance on par with more expensive bikes, at a reasonable price point.
The disc brake bike adds in flat mount mechanical Shimano calipers, again keeping costs down while maximizing performance. It gets a bit of an upgrade in Shimano wheels vs. the rim brake bike’s house brand wheelset and bumps from 25mm to 28mm rubber, although it does stick with QR axles.
The 8.3kg (18.3lb) rim brake Fusion comes in red-orange and sells for just £1600 in four sizes. At just 300g heavier for the complete bike, the 8.6kg (19lb) Fusion Disc comes in black with blue and yellow details for £2000. EU pricing and US availability not yet available.