Canyon vs. Rose: who makes the best cheap disc bike?

Endurace AL and Pro SL go head-to-head

We put two top value disc road bikes head-to-head

German bike manufacturers Rose and Canyon are leaders in the hotly contested direct-sales market, and I’ve put their two affordable disc road bikes head-to-head.

The Rose Pro SL Disc-2000 and the Canyon Endurace AL 6.0 Disc are both alloy-framed, disc brake-equipped road bikes with specs that, on paper, look pretty generous for the money.

Both get Shimano 105 shifting with non-series RS505 hydraulic levers and both are capable all-rounders that impress on the road, but which is better?

Like the Rose, the Canyon Endurace AL Disc is a seriously impressive machine for the money
Like the Rose, the Canyon Endurace AL Disc is a seriously impressive machine for the money

Incidentally, Canyon has helpfully tweaked the specs and prices on the Endurace line-up in the short time since we made this video.

The Endurace AL 6.0 Disc has been replaced by the near-identical Endurace AL 7.0 Disc, which is currently £150 more expensive than the Rose.

Key changes are a slightly different DT Swiss wheelset (E 1800 Spline DB instead of R24 Spline DB) and a move to what appears to be a lower spec version of the Continental GP tyres.

The new bike also has 50/34 cranks in place of the 52/36 on my test bike, as well as narrower bars and a shorter stem, with the former addressing one of my minor criticisms of the bike.

Watch our video to find out how the two bikes got on.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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