Dolan Titanium ADX Disc Ultegra review

Disc-equipped titanium sportive special

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£2,402.00 RRP

Our review

Value-packed bike that majors on long-distance refinement
Buy if, You want the class of a titanium frame in a stable and seriously smooth ride
Pros: Flawless Ultegra gears and brakes, sweet riding frame
Cons: Not the most exciting bike, no thru-axles may be a concern for some
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The Dolan ADX majors on value when it comes to similar bikes. It’s always been possible to get titanium for around £2,000, but usually you’re looking at a frame only. Don’t think that because the ADX is cheap, relatively speaking, it’s not quality. A close inspection of the frame shows super-clean welds, neat features such as the hourglass-shaped head-tube and full internal cable routing on the frame and matching carbon fork.

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The rear dropouts are very neatly machined
The rear dropouts are very neatly machined
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Dolan Titanium ADX Disc Ultegra frame and kit

The rear dropouts are neatly sculpted and machined, but surprisingly they, and the fork, are standard quick-release and not thru-axle. I didn’t notice any undue flex, disc rub or noise when riding the ADX, so I’d say this chassis is stiff enough without the added solidity of thru-axles.

The ADX is an unreserved sportive bike, it’s tall — a 205mm head-tube on my 58.5cm test bike — with a mid-length reach. It’s also designed to handle big comfortable tyres up to 35mm, or around 30mm if you choose to add mudguards, which the ADX has welcome provision for.

The Dolan’s disc brakes are new Shimano Ultegra R8000 items
The Dolan’s disc brakes are new Shimano Ultegra R8000 items
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Up front, the full carbon fork has mudguard eyes, bosses for a rack and a neat flat-mount for its disc brakes. At the back it has complementary bosses for carrying and protection too, along with a flat-mount for the disc brake. 

The disc brakes are Shimano’s latest Ultegra units and are star performers. With the 50/34, 11-28 Ultegra gears they make up one of the best performing and best value groupsets around.

Dolan Titanium ADX Disc Ultegra ride experience

The Dolan rides in the way that a great sportive bike should. The ride position is comfortable without being lazy, so it can be hustled through the bends easily. It’s not as assured as some of its more sporty rivals when you’re approaching the limit, especially when cranking it over in corners. 

For enthusiastic distance riding it’s a fine place to be, the ADX being more about stability than swiftness.

The Dolan rides just how a great sportive bike should
The Dolan rides just how a great sportive bike should
Robert Smith

My wheel upgrade meant I got Mavic’s UST system, the company’s take on tubeless, and the tyres certainly feel compliant and smooth running, really benefiting the overall feel.

Uphill the Dolan is definitely your friend, the chassis is stiff and responsive when you stand and the climbing-friendly gear ratios are welcome, I would even be tempted to try Shimano’s 11-30 cassette as Ultegra can easily accept the wider range. 

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The bike’s finishing kit is all decent stuff, with an aluminium Deda cockpit and Selle Italia saddle, both of which are comfortable and easy to live with. The addition of a carbon seatpost is a nice highlight and all this adds up to a value package that anyone looking to ride smoother should consider.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Titanium ADX Disc Ultegra
Brand Dolan

Available Sizes 50.5cm 52.5cm 54cm 56.5cm 58.5cm
Rear Wheel Weight 1760
Frame size tested 58.5cm
Wheelbase (cm) 102.5
Top Tube (cm) 58
Seat Tube (cm) 56
Chainstays (cm) 42.5
Wheelset Mavic Cosmic Elite Disc UST
Weight (kg) 9.27
Trail 5.7
Stem Deda Zero1
Shifters Shimano Ultegra
Seatpost Alpina carbon
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Selle Italia X1
Rear Tyre Mavic Yksion Pro UST, 25mm
Bottom Bracket Shimano BBR60
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Headset Type Alpina
Head Angle 73
Handlebar Deda Zero
Front Wheel Weight 1440
Front Tyre Mavic Yksion Pro UST, 25mm
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Frame Material 3Al-2.5V titanium
Fork Offset 4.5
Fork Alpina carbon, alloy steerer
Cranks Shimano Ultegra R8000 50/34
Chain Shimano HG601
Cassette Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-28
Brakes Shimano BR-RS8020
All measurements for frame size tested 58.5cm