Fons Bikes is a Dutch brand with a unique proposition, it makes road and gravel bikes especially for women. The group of female cyclists grows every year but manufacturers are still dominated by men, this is a logical step for female cyclists.
Fons Bikes Strada and Strada Disco
The Fons Bikes Strada and the Fons Strada Disco are designed as all-around road bikes for women. Where the choices for men are endless, the choices for women are limited. When Fons started designing their bikes they have worked with enthusiastic female cyclists from many countries with different backgrounds. They like to give women more than just a smaller bike with predefined colors, the company likes to give every woman with a passion for cycling the opportunity to choose a road bike that suits her, in technology as well as color. But just like “men” brands, Fons has a configurator, where the options are endless to a design of your own,
The monocoque frame from the Fons Strada and Strada Disco is made from 3K carbon, it has intern cable routing and has DI2 compatible mounts. Frame weight starting at 900 grams. You can choose between a Shimano Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, or Dura-Ace groupset. Choose between rims from Shimano like the WH RS 370 or Scope R3, R4, or R5. The Ergon SR Pro Women has provided the saddle for the Strada and Strada Disco. Schwalbe Pro-1 or Vredestein Fortezza Senso Superiore are the tire choises. Further on you have the choice between disc brakes or conventional brakes. Every Fons Strada and Fons Strada Disco have 28mm wide tires but on the Fons Strada Disco, you have the option to have tires fitted up to 30mm in width. Although the starting price is under €2000. The configuration as seen above is the most expensive configuration you can order and cost you €6799.
Alfonsina Strada was the inspiration for the brand. She was in 1924 the only woman among a crowd of men at the start of the Giro d’Italia. At that point in time, women weren’t allowed to bare their knees let alone wear cycle shorts! Alfonsina couldn’t be stopped by anyone to get on her bike and therefore became the first and only woman to ride the Giro d’Italia. If you like to know more about Fons and their female road and gravel bikes, visit the site.