Cielo Road Race Disc Road Bike Follows Up Standard Model’s NAHBS Release


Cielo’s Road Race Disc brake road bike takes the racier geometry and updated build of the standard Road Race model they just introduced at NAHBS this year, then moved the brakes to the rotors. It even gets the special color options and Cielo stems.

Built with custom drawn ovalized steel tubing, modern touches like a 44mm head tube, PF30 BB and, of course, the disc brakes, make for a thoroughly modern road bike. And word has it, it’ll actually be legal in the UCI peloton in a couple years. It’s available in either electronic or mechanical shifting frame formats. The former requires the use of an internal seatpost mounted battery. Retail’s $2,495 and includes a Chris King headset and ENVE carbon fork painted to match. Roll on down for more pics…


Stiff yet slender stays should make for tight handling and proper power transfer without giving up steel’s signature ride. Those dropouts and disc brake mounts are simply gorgeous.




Stems are available in plenty of lengths and are also painted to match.


Full  length external hose/cable routing to the rear brakes should make mechanics everywhere very happy.


Nice logo placement without rim brake caliper mounts.



DJ - 04/14/14 - 6:11pm

I love the look of this bike, but the thing that really gets me is that there is no good way to run externally routed hydraulic hose lines and still make it look good. To me the hydraulics ruin the flawlessly executed lines of this frame.

Glen - 04/14/14 - 6:44pm

Tyres are on backwards.

Brian - 04/14/14 - 9:37pm

Are the tires backwards? I’ve got the same tires. Please advise.

T - 04/14/14 - 10:12pm

Labels go towards the drive side. That being said, I am not sure this is directional tread.

jason - 04/14/14 - 10:31pm

Yeah tires are on backwards. The “shark fin” shaped tread will trail away from the direction of travel. Also, you have to look very close but those tires have a arrow imprinted on the sidewall showing you the direction of travel. It is not easy to see because the brown Kevlar sidewall obscures it really well but look close and you will see it.

Mike - 04/14/14 - 10:35pm

Haha, they are on backwards! Credit to Cielo for at least putting them on wide rims.

Do you see those angled grooves, or sipes, between the little tennis racquet treads? They should make a “V” pointing forward when viewed from the top so that as they roll over the road surface the point of the “V” contacts first and channels water from the center out.

Tomi - 04/15/14 - 6:00am

Guys, treads design is really a marketing thing in a road tire. You’d have to ride at more than 75mph/120kph to suffer from aquaplanning with bicycle tires.

The direction of the tires do not matter.

Darryl - 04/15/14 - 6:38am

Tomi, treads are not the only directional thing in tyres.
The cords are arranged at angles to the tyre and depending on how they are, may effect handling, rolling resistance or power transfer.
Yes the treads are mostly cosmetic or for weight saving but there are small proven benefits in some instances for the right tread for the right surface.

CXisfun - 04/15/14 - 9:16am

Plus Tomi, if the manufacturer designed the tire to go one way, shouldn’t it really be installed that way? Even if just for photos…..

wheel-guy - 04/15/14 - 10:32am

Some road tires are indeed directional, but in the case of Contis, I remember reading somewhere, from the manufacturer, that in the case of their road tires, the shark fin pattern and directional arrow are just on their for marketing purposes. Apparently people like to see some sort of a pattern, and when there is a pattern, Conti gets asked “what is the correct direction?,” so they decided to print an arrow to make people happy. I think this might even be in the manual somewhere? Too lazy to look right now.

K11 - 04/15/14 - 11:09am

its funny how the comments start out about the bike (1comment), then goes into tires and tread direction. @glen if that was your intent, mission accomplished.

Back to the bike, still feel that an option to have a threaded bb is necessary. it is a more durable and more maintenance free option(creaking/walking) in the long run, as the frame ages.(metal frames)

Troy Junge - 04/15/14 - 6:57pm

Would agree with K11 – i would have a personal preference for a threaded (Chris King) bottom bracket.
Lovely looking bike.

k - 04/16/14 - 12:23am

Maybe the “mountain bike guy with backwards nevegals” is taking over road disc? Ha ha!

wrench - 04/19/14 - 2:10am

Lovely bike, but that bottom bracket is one reason I’ll never buy it, what is up with this industry, couldn’t someone just have invented a wider threaded bottom bracket instead of following cannondale blindly in a concept that was faulty from the get go.

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