Dutch brand Sensa has been making bikes for 25 years and the brand’s 2015 road lineup is now available in the UK exclusively through Merlin Cycles.
Headlining the new range is a duo of new carbon bikes, the Aquila SL road bike and the Calabria aero road bike. These join the Giulia at the top end of the range. The Giulia itself remains unchanged for 2015.
Sensa Aquila SL
Designed for European gran fondos, the Aquila SL has the lightest frame of the Sensa range (940g claimed weight) to help you summit hills fast. High-end features include full carbon dropouts and Sensa’s Zero Void Curing process, which gives smoother interior surfaces and less material to keep the weight of the Generation 6 uni-directional carbon monocoque frame at a minimum.
All-day comfort is provided through a combination of the rather scarily named Flexy Stays – pencil thin seat stays reminiscent of Cannondale – and a slim seat post.
A PF86 bottom bracket gives a chunky base for powering up climbs. The frame is paired with Sensa’s new 1.5in Supra Full Carbon Monocoque Gen6 Salita SL fork, which has a claimed weight of 325g.
The geometry and tubing dimensions are optimised for each frame size to offer the best performance, and the whole setup is Di2-compatible, with full internal routing.
The Aquila SL comes in four builds. Each comes with Supra RA Pro wheelsets as standard but there is a wide choice of upgrades available.
- Ultegra mechanical: £1,760
- Ultegra Di2: £2,280
- Dura-Ace: £2,480
- Dura-Ace Di2: £3,280 (claimed weight of 6.3kg)
With the Calabria, Sensa has joined the likes of Felt, Boardman and Cervelo in the aero road bikes arena.
Designed for wind-cheating speed, the Calabria has a monocoque Generation5 uni-directional carbon frame with aero tubing and full, Di2-compatible internal cabling. Like with the Aquila SL, Sensa has gone for a large PF86 BB for the Calabria.
The Supra Full Carbon Monocoque Gen5 Aero STR8 1.5 fork is also shaped for better aerodynamics.
The Calabria is Sensa’s take on the ever-growing aero road bike trend
The Calabria also comes in four build options:
- Ultegra mechanical: £1,720
- Ultegra Di2: £2,240
- Dura-Ace: £2,440
- Dura-Ace Di2: £3,240 (claimed weight of 7.3kg)
The Sensa Giulia returns unchanged for 2015 and is again available in two versions; the Giulia and the Supremo. The latter uses Generation 6 carbon (as opposed to Generation 5) for a lighter layup.
Claimed weight is 1,025g for the Supremo compared to 1,100g for the standard frame. Both models feature Sensa’s Zero Void Curing process, uni-directional carbon and full carbon dropouts and are equipped with Supra Full Carbon Monocoque Gen6 1.5 – SL forks.
The Giulia is Di2-compatible and internally routed and has a PF86 BB.
The Giulia is available in the following builds:
- 105: £1,520
- Ultegra: £1,680
- Ultegra Di2: £2,200
- Dura-Ace: £2,400 (claimed weight 7.4kg)
The Giulia Supremo is available in the following builds:
- Ultegra: £1,920
- Ultegra Di2: £2,440
- Dura-Ace: £2,640
- Dura-Ace Di2: £3,440 (claimed weight 6.7kg)
Other 2015 Sensa models
Two highlights from the rest of the range include the Trentino, which features a completely new lighter alloy frame and carbon fork version, and the Lombardia, which has a new lighter carbon frame and fork.
There have also been price drops across the rest of the range. Existing models have given new colourschemes and many have also had groupset upgrades, but dodging inflated prices as a result.