New Fondriest TFD Becomes First Disc Brake Road Bike from Italian Brand
So fresh they haven’t even added the specs or description to their website, Italian brand Fondriest’s new TFD (TF Disc) is their first disc brake road bike.
It borrows a lot of features from their other top-end TF bikes, including a tapered head tube, internal cable routing and compatibility with both electronic and mechanical groups. Beyond that, the frame was purpose built for discs. Compared to the TF Zero, the TFD’s chainstays run lower before bending upward to meet the dropouts to provide room for an inboard rear brake caliper. The fork is new, too, with an expectedly beefier look. The changes push frame weight up a bit from the top rim brake models, but not too much considering the difference we’re seeing on most new disc brake bikes. Claimed frame weight is 990g and fork is just 380g.
Frame construction is monocoque with 10T UD fibers, which carries all the way through to full carbon dropouts. The bottom bracket is BSA threaded, which should make a lot of mechanics happy.
So far, they’re only hearing of one spec for the complete bike with mention that framesets will also be available. Build will include Ultegra drivetrain with your choice of standard or compact chainrings, Shimano’s RS685 hydraulic disc brakes, FSA Team Issue handlebar and stem, Fondriest carbon seatpost, Selle Italia SL saddle and Metron 30DB wheels. Claimed weight for the complete bike is 7.1kg (15.65 lb) – pretty respectable. Five sizes will be offered with head angles ranging from 72.5º to 73º, putting it on the racier side of things. Available in the U.S. through Albabici.