2013 Sensa road bikes - First look

Good value road models include 105 and Ultegra Di2

Sensa have only just arrived in the UK, courtesy of Merlin Cycles, but the Dutch brand have been around for 20 years, assembling bikes in Almelo, east Holland. They have a full range of road, mountain, city and cyclocross bikes in their range, and BikeRadar have just had a sneak peek at the 2013 road models.


The Lombardia is built around Sensa’s fourth generation monocoque carbon frame and the carbon fork tapers to 1.5in. The remainder of the bike has a full 105 groupset, finishing kit from Deda and Mavic’s Aksium wheelset. It’s available now for an impressively good value £1,230.

Giulia Di2

We’ve already tested the 2012 Sensa Giulia, and were impressed with its well designed frameset, which has full internal cable runs and is Di2 ready.

For 2013 Sensa are offering this classy black finish, with internally routed Ultegra Di2 and a £400 upgrade to their carbon and alloy, deep section RC58 clinchers. The bike is priced at just £2,440, making it one of the best value electronic-shifting bikes around.

Sensa giulia di2:
Sensa giulia di2:

Giulia Custom

The same frame as the Di2 Giulia, but built up with Shimano’s excellent new Dura-Ace 11-speed groupset and RS wheels. Available for £2,700.

Sensa giulia custom :
Sensa giulia custom :

Giulia Supremo

The Supremo has an optimised carbon layup, created to save weight over the standard Giulia frame. In fact, it’s lost 200g, bringing it down to a seriously svelte 800g. This version comes with mechanical Ultegra, Deda finishing kit and Mavic Aksiums for £1,770.

Sensa giulia supremo:
Sensa giulia supremo:


This triple-butted, hydroformed aluminium frame is partnered by a cyclocross-specific carbon fork. Running a 105 groupset and cross-specific Shimano CX50 cranks and TRP Promax brakes, the Fermo is available for £880. A higher spec Ultegra version with upgraded wheels is also on the market for £1,130.

Sensa fermo cyclocross bike:
Sensa fermo cyclocross bike:

Trentino SL

Sensa’s top-spec aluminium road bike features a carbon fork and triple-butted frame. It’s available with a full Tiagra group for £750, full 105 and Mavic Aksiums for £880 or full Shimano Ultegra (the SL Pro) for £999 – great value.

Sensa trentino sl:
Sensa trentino sl:

For more information see Sensabikes.com or Merlin Cycles.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
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