Since this spring, RoadBIKE’s editorial team rides a STEVENS Comet Disc for long-term evaluation and reports on a regular basis about their impression, tours, races and technical details. In a nutshell about everything you get to experience, when you ride a road bike three to four times a week on lunch rides, day-long trips on weekends up to long-distance events.
The First 1,000 Kilometers
Meanwhile the first 1,000 kilometers are on the clock – time for an intermediate report. Beginning with the first impression: ”After only a few pedal strokes any doubts are gone, the Comet feels really good. It’s agile, nimble, yet sufficiently directionally stable for my taste. The 56cm frame was definitely the right choice, with comfortable saddle extension I can find a compact seating position.”
The Comet disc behaves equally well on the first outing: ”I absolutely enjoy the ride in the most beautiful spring weather. Uphill the Comet is swift and quick, the 900 gram (2lbs) frame is still stiff and turns any hill climb into a fun ride. The downhill are also pure fun, the Comet keeps its calm even at high speed and makes one feel safe and in control. I’m gladly looking forward to the next ride.”
Later, the report about a successful racing premier in Luxemburg points out the hydraulic disc brakes and downhill capability as follows: ”Despite several really severe brake manoeuvers the brake pads are almost silent without any of the feared squealing I’m used to hear from other brakes. This way repeated winding descends are a real joy.
Even at speeds up to 80kph (50mph) it feels safe and does not show any signs of wobble or the like. Same goes for the DT Swiss wheels which also make you feel safe and are easy to control even in gusty cross winds.”