Canyon vs. Rose: who makes the best cheap disc bike?

Endurace AL and Pro SL go head-to-head

We put two top value disc road bikes head-to-head

German bike manufacturers Rose and Canyon are leaders in the hotly contested direct-sales market, and I’ve put their two affordable disc road bikes head-to-head.

The Rose Pro SL Disc-2000 and the Canyon Endurace AL 6.0 Disc are both alloy-framed, disc brake-equipped road bikes with specs that, on paper, look pretty generous for the money.

Both get Shimano 105 shifting with non-series RS505 hydraulic levers and both are capable all-rounders that impress on the road, but which is better?

Like the Rose, the Canyon Endurace AL Disc is a seriously impressive machine for the money
Like the Rose, the Canyon Endurace AL Disc is a seriously impressive machine for the money

Incidentally, Canyon has helpfully tweaked the specs and prices on the Endurace line-up in the short time since we made this video.

The Endurace AL 6.0 Disc has been replaced by the near-identical Endurace AL 7.0 Disc, which is currently £150 more expensive than the Rose.

Key changes are a slightly different DT Swiss wheelset (E 1800 Spline DB instead of R24 Spline DB) and a move to what appears to be a lower spec version of the Continental GP tyres.

The new bike also has 50/34 cranks in place of the 52/36 on my test bike, as well as narrower bars and a shorter stem, with the former addressing one of my minor criticisms of the bike.

Watch our video to find out how the two bikes got on.

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