@Daniel1975: I agree that no one is pushing discs more than Specialized, soon they will buy a "disc tunnel" to prove their claims that only their own "disc tunnel", combined with a healthy dose of marketing spin could verify.
However, at least in theory they are, according to UCI rules, supposed to make equipment used in races available to the public. I think Specialized may be softening their push of disc brakes into the peloton, which is good in my opinion. If there's one place they are not needed it is definitely the pro peloton. The dilemma of course to a company like Specialized, so adamantly pushing discs on road bikes, is the marketing quandary presented when the pics of the pros crossing the finish lines of the major road races are not using discs. They want more pics like that of Boonen, earlier this year in Argentina, when he won on a disc braked bike. Till they get those pics on the cover of their brochures and websites, there will always be a question as to just how necessary they are on the finest road bikes when the pros don't want to use them. D'oh!!
Edit: Ok... I just saw this on Velonews...
Re: Sagan's New Roubaix...
Quote from Velonews under the pic... "Specialized's Future Shock technology basically acts as a piston in the headtube for around 20mm of travel. Specialized claims the spring only compresses from vertical forces - like those felt from bumpy roads - and not the lateral forces from sprinting."
Please... "Specialized claims... blah, blah, blah", thus absolving the writer from any responsibility as to whether or not it's actually true, but retaining that ever important relationship with the big advertising budgets. I get it, that's what any magazine does... ok.
But I'm calling utter BS on this statement. Has Specialized's Marketing/dev team ever actually watched the bikes of the likes of any sprinter in slo mo action... what their bikes are actually doing up front, with the forces guys like Kittel, Greipel and Cavendish are exerting on their entire bike. After watching that, they still manage to come up with a statement that there's no forces being applied to their "spring" from sprinting, as if these guys are just gently swaying the bike from side to side without generating any vertical force at all on the spring. Please... carry on.
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