Road bikes with hydraulic disc brakes - despite some early skepticism – have become increasingly popular. STEVENS dealers, as well as road bike magazines, report an increased demand, a greater acceptance and an impressively wider presence in the pro peloton. Our top of the line model STEVENS Comet Disc, introduced last year, is now followed by the upscale entry-level (Shimano Ultegra outfitted) Izoard Pro Disc that shares the motto: “Brake later, stay fast longer“.
As the name says, the Izoard Pro Disc is based on the carbon frame of the Izoard which STEVENS introduced last year. The Izoard was warmly received with very positive feedback from several reputable magazines. Its carbon fork and rear triangle are now designed to accommodate hydraulic disc brakes and withstand their higher braking forces.
Construction and geometry are basically the same, making the Izoard Pro Disc a straightforward versatile bike for demanding . It keeps its calm in any situation, yet remains easy to steer, as confirmed by numerous magazine tests.
Just like the Izoard Pro, the disc version is spec’d with Shimano’s well-proven Ultegra group. Its Shimano Ultegra BR-R8070 hydraulic disc brakes are attached via flatmount. Discs are 160mm, front and rear.
The Ultegra drivetrain is climber-friendly, incorporating semi-compact 52/36T cranks and 11-32T 11-speed cassette. All you’ll need to easily climb the namesake Col d’Izoard in the French Alps, which has a whopping 2361m (7746ft) of elevation with gradients of up to 10%. And thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes, you can descend just as solidly. Like the previous Izoard models, the Izoard Pro Disc will be available from 50 to 62mm, with 2cm increments to ensure a perfect fit for everyone.