Tifosi CK6 Forte – in brief review

Cyclocross-cum-commuter machine

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£799.00 RRP

Our review

Disc equipped 'cross bike makes a great, tough city ride
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Disc brakes are making ever-more appearances on road bikes, but they’ve been pretty common on drop-bar commuter bikes for a while now. And they make sense.

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  • Highs: Tough and capable all-rounder
  • Lows: No rear rack mounts

In the case of the Tifosi, the braking is good, though not noticeably better than a good set of callipers, but the wheels’ lifespan will be much better, without the rims being ground down on a daily basis. The rest of the kit’s pretty tough, too, and should survive the rough and tumble of commuting or the occasional off-road outing.

The Tifosi CK6 is nominally a cyclocross bike, but we it this will get in more miles in the city than in competitive outings
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It’s a cyclocross-meets-commuting machine, but we think it’ll see more use as the latter

It’s nominally a ’cross bike, but we think this will get in more miles in the city than in competitive outings. It’s got front and rear mudguard eyelets (with clearance) but the lack of rear rack bosses is a bit of a surprise for an otherwise capable tourer.

The tyres are okay on the road, and great on tracks and rough stuff, though we’d go for slicker, lighter rubber if we were purely riding on tarmac.

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The compact gearing is well suited to commuting and the Forte’s real strength is as a tough city bike. It has come down in price too, and we’d consider getting some cross-top brake levers for heads-up city riding with the money saved on what is a good value all-rounder.

Product Specifications

Product

Name CK6 Forte (14)
Brand Tifosi

Brakes Tektro Lyra mechanical disc
Seatpost 31.6mm
Weight (lb) 23.59
Year 2014
Wheelset Shimano M525 hubs, Weinmann rims
Weight (kg) 10.7
Stem Cinelli Vai
Shifters Shimano Sora
Saddle Selle Italia X1
Fork Carbon
Rims Weinmann
Rear Tyre 33mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph
Rear Hub Shimano M525
Handlebar Cinelli Vai
Front Tyre 33mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph
Front Hub Shimano M525
Frame Material 6061 aluminium
Frame size tested L