What defines an endurance bike?
Endurance bikes differ from regular road race bikes in being
tuned to offer a more comfortable ride. They achieve this in a
number of ways. One of the most common and popular approaches is a
frame and fork designed for wider tyres. We're fans of wider tyres,
they are fast and comfortable and ideal for taming any rough road,
and wider tyres is one of the big trends in the road cycling market
at the moment.
The geometry also differs, with a focus on providing a slightly
less aggressive fit with a higher stack and shorter reach compared
to a race bike. That's intended to put you in a slightly more
upright, and therefore comfortable position, and is ideal if you're
not racking up the tens of thousands of miles that professional
cyclists manage every year.
Some bike manufacturers, like Trek, offer a choice of bike fits
so you can have something more stretched and low down at the front
like the pros prefer if you want.
There are other common defining features that mark out endurance
bikes. The most obvious is a near wholesale switch to disc brakes,
with the wider tyres and enhanced frame design that disc brakes
allow, not to mention the improved stopping power and control in a
wider range of adverse weather conditions.
Versatility is a word often bandied around when talking about
endurance bikes, and largely points to the ability of some of these
bikes to be fitted with mudguards. The new Synapse has neatly
concealed mudguard eyelets that let you easily fit a set of
full-length mudguards for winter training and daily commuting
Gearing differs too, with a focus on wider range cassettes and
compact or semi-compact chainsets. Endurance bikes are often going
to be used for sportives, gran fondos and riding in the mountains,
so lower and wider range gearing is a useful change from the
top-end speed focus of a pure race bike.