Giro commentators talking about carbon wheels and their shitty braking during the crash. I'm pretty sure we will see everyone using discs in 2017.
Just to be clear. The "amazing" discbrakes are limited by the friction between tire and road. It's pretty easy to block the wheels on wet roads. Even easier with discs. Yes, you improve stopping power, but it may be too much. I know that a hydraulic brake system makes way for a finer control of braking, but when someone crashes in front of you, your reflexes are faster that common sense. I would go as far as saying that alot of the riders in the big crash the other day, had a better chance of staying on the bike, without brakes.
I believe that the increased stopping power is a danger in some situations. It's something that haven't been mentioned so much compared to other things like:
- different sizes, making wheelchanges a nightmare.
- razor sharp rotors. They har not razor sharp. they are 1-2 mm thick on the edge. I fear a burnmark from a tire, or spokes from a smashed wheel, alot more.
- heatet discs when doing a longer descent.
The last two doesn't matter at all IMO, but it's annoying as h***, when companies goes on a marketing rampage, stuffing aerohelmets, frames and so on, down our throat, and starting all over, with something, maybe... maybe not, taking back those "precious" seconds. The disc-thing could end up being a goldmine for the major companies. And that is, imo their only motivation.
Yes you can brake faster, but is it necessary. Yes, if a car pulls out infront of you. But in a race, where everybody has the same brakes. The whole peloton will just go into a bend with a lot more speed, braking in the last moment.