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.
- 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.
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.
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.
|Name||CK6 Forte (14)|
|Brakes||Tektro Lyra mechanical disc|
|Wheelset||Shimano M525 hubs, Weinmann rims|
|Saddle||Selle Italia X1|
|Rear Tyre||33mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph|
|Rear Hub||Shimano M525|
|Front Tyre||33mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph|
|Front Hub||Shimano M525|
|Frame Material||6061 aluminium|
|Frame size tested||L|