Thanks to their consumer direct model, Rose bikes has always done a good job delivering a lot of bang for your buck. We’ve been impressed by the alloy and carbon models of the entry road Pro family before, and now by bringing disc brakes to their triple butted aluminum road racer, it’s easier on your wallet than ever before to take advantage of the benefits of better braking & wider road tires for faster riding & improved control. The new bike takes ride optimized design cues from the rim brake bike and transitions into a high-value alloy disc brake road racer…
Rose has fully embraced road disc brakes as the new standard, and has offered disc versions of their top carbon aero, lightweight & all-around road bikes for a couple of seasons now. And now with a little trickle down the new disc brake version of the Pro SL gets an update to triple-butted 6061 T6 aluminum as well.
The new Pro SL Disc frame carries over the general look and feel that made the Pro SL work well for everything from weekend group rides to long gran fondos.
It gets a very thin set of seatstays, dropped down the seattube for a bit of give in the rear end, but a more boxy front end around a tapered headtube for steering precision. And with room for even a bit wider tires, each model comes stock with 28mm rubber installed.
The new frame claims a real weight of just 1350g, and while it sticks with a QR in the back, it does get paired with a new full carbon fork with a 12mm thru-axle. With smooth welds and fully internal cable routing the Pro SL Disc delivers a look and features that can blend in well with a lot of entry carbon bikes. The bike carries over the same all-day marathon road (read: endurance) geometry that Rose puts on their other entry road bikes, and is a touch more upright and stable than their top race lines. One added benefit of alloy in a broad 9 bike size range, going all the way down to a 48cm and up to a 65cm!
Pricing doesn’t go quite as low as it does with the rim brake Pro SL (which you can get ahold of for just 900€ in a Tiagra build), but you can still get one with mechanical Rever disc brakes and a Shimano 105 group for just 1150€. Or you can step up to the top model with a claimed complete bike weight of 8.1kg (for a 57cm) with a SRAM Force double and hydraulic brakes for 1800€, or another two more options in between.