Will 2017 be the year you enjoy all the benefits of a disc brake road bike? The new, 2017 Cavalo Disc Road Bike is quite the package deal replete with an aluminum frame, carbon fiber fork, Shimano 105 11-speed components, Mavic Aksium wheels, plus, of course, a set of mechanical disc brakes to keep your speed properly in check.
For 2017, the Cavalo disc road bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with sculpted tubes and a tapered 1 ⅛" to 1 ½" head tube that's light, stiff, and rides like a dream. There's a full carbon fork with the corresponding tapered steerer tube fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling.
Shimano's superb 105 5800 groupset delivers a perfect 10 for value, craftsmanship, and performance in its 11-speed iteration. It's certainly impressive just how well these components work as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brothers Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, crankset, and cassette all fly the 105 11-speed flag and if these parts were logo-free you'd be hard pressed to distinguish their performance from much higher-priced Shimano siblings.
If you've ever had issues with the functionality of caliper rim brakes, prepare to be impressed by how well the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes perform. Once you try out disc brakes, no matter if it's wet or dry out, you'll be a convert for life. Weather won't be an issue for reliable, consistent stopping power and even in dry, pristine conditions they're truly a game-changer.
The perfect complement to the Cavalo's Aries disc brakes is a set of Mavic Aksium wheels. These disc brake-specific road wheels feature a litany of Mavic's technical know-how applied to disc brake-equipped bikes. The S6000 aluminum rim features a profile optimized for disc brakes while the spoke geometry and lacing pattern is also configured to best accommodate the demands disc brakes place on wheels. The wheel's straight pull spokes are stronger than conventional J-bend versions while the serviceable cartridge bearings keep everything rolling super-smoothly. Vittoria Zaffiro Slick tires, in a 700x25 size for a nice balance between speed and comfort, perfectly fits the Cavalo disc road bike's motif of being completely dependable and durable while still providing noteworthy ride quality.
Aluminum frame is stiff, light, and reliable
Full carbon fork with tapered steerer for predictable, precision handling
11-speed Shimano 105 shifters, derailleurs, crankset, and cassette deliver smooth shifting and renowned reliability
Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes provide superb, all-weather stopping power
Mavic Aksium wheels are solid all-around wheels built specifically for the demands of disc brakes
Alloy stem, bars, and seatpost perform at a high level and help keep weight way down
Cavalo Disc Road Bike
FRAMEAluminum, tapered head tube, English thread bottom bracket, internal routing of rear brake cable through down tube, flat-mount rear disc brake set-up on chainstay
FORKCarbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1.5" taper steerer tube, post mount disc brake, internal routing of brake cable