News 2015Ride disc
If sports equipment, training tool or capable partner for recreational cycling with a sporty accent: road bikes have the purpose to provide their riders with maximum riding fun. They are light enough to climb mountains with ease. They are also agile, strong at sprinting and thus ideally suitable for swift rolling on flat terrain. During high-speed downhills, road bikes perform equally supremely well – thanks to their direct handling and reliable tracking stability. In short: road bikes are powerful fun generators. However, this only applies if “horse and rider” are able to cooperate ideally. Therefore, the geometry and character of a bike have to match the rider’s in an optimal way. This is where our modern RIDE concept comes into play. It aims at all those riders who are not into only “ultimate full-throttle machines”. Our RIDE is a comfortable road bike, but it can go full-throttle nevertheless – otherwise it wouldn’t be in the quiver of our UCI WorldTour TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA. For MY 2015, the RIDE is enhanced by another aspect. Via the RIDE DISC, disc brakes enter our 700C portfolio for the very first time.
The most obvious feature of the new comfort generation is the 160 mm disc brake system (mounted without adapters at the front and the rear). But other technological innovations are less self-evident: For example, the light carbon frame has been adapted to the disc-brake forces which influence (in contrast to calliper brakes) the bike only on one side: So both chain stay and fork required adequate modifications to match the new “one-sided” requirements. After a consequent and complete in-house redevelopment, the RIDE DISC now features a carbon fork with a 15 mm thru-axle distributing the force flow in an ideal way. Due to the innovative internal routing of the brake tube, the fork delights visually as well. All in all, our “comfort bike of the future” offers a perceptibly higher suitability for everyday use. To realize this factor down to the very last detail, frame and fork sport special fender mounts. The fenders as such are optionally available as accessories and have been specifically developed for the RIDE DISC.
Of course, the RIDE DISC also benefits from the genes of the previous RIDE generations. For example, the rear end is optimized towards best possible comfort with its flat stays, and it provides enough room for 25 mm tyres (installed ex works). These tyres effectively absorb vibrations caused by the all too often rough road surface and therefore spare the rider’s power reserves. In addition, the special geometry of all RIDE models offers comfort seekers the key to unlimited riding fun during long tours: Like the other impressive family members, our new RIDE DISC trusts in a longer head tube (180 mm at frame size 54) and a shorter top tube (554 mm at frame size 54). Compared with e.g. our aero racer REACTO or with the all-rounder SCULTURA, this results in a more compact seating position. The latter is achieved without spacers which otherwise might affect handling characteristics negatively when used in large numbers.
Already at their premiere, all 2015 RIDE DISC models are completely prepared for the installation of the electronic Shimano Di2 shifting system. But even when a mechanical set-up is used, the RIDE DISC shines with internal routing of all cables/wires. This does underline its high demand to convince – in all aspects – not only LAMPRE-MERIDA pro riders but all customers.
HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Our new RIDE DISC combines the RIDE family’s successful comfort concept with the technological advancement of a disc-brake system. In order to match the changed requirements, frame and fork have been redeveloped completely.
+ 160 mm disc brakes (without adapters)
+ Available with hydraulic or mechanical + disc brakes
+ Internal cable routing in frame and fork
+ 15 mm thru-axle at the front
+ Ready for Shimano Di2
+ Special comfort geometry
“Disc brakes on a road bike per se herald a new era.
But with regard to the comfort concept of our RIDE family, they mean much more:
the possibility to create road machines with a so far unimagined bandwidth.”
Daniel Schwenk, Senior R&D Manager