And you can have all that and then some guy wearing a flappy jersey, heavy steel bike with disc brakes and who didn't eat the hamburger you had for dinner or got more sleep last night will catch and pass you LOL.
Absolutely, happened to me plenty of times
Point being there are way too many variables to be able to say the tiny amount of drag under certain yaw conditions or the additional 1/2lbs from a disc brake is going to hold you back from winning a race. It certainly didn't stop Kittel or Boonen
Agreed there are way too many variables to say what held you back from winning a race. But when look at all the pieces of the puzzle, you mostly make independent decisions on each piece...does this make me faster? So, each racer can make the decision (assuming the industry doesn't make it for us)...do the benefits of disc braking outweigh the aero/weight penalties?
Additionally, my point is that the vast
majority of riders are not racing and only need to be faster than themselves (if they are trying to improve), the equipment doesn't matter. Many racers seem to think the whole cycling world revolves around their needs
I agree that there a lot of riders who are not racing, and that even when racing your engine is the biggest factor. But saying the equipment doesn't matter because racers aren't the majority of cyclists doesn't make disc brakes faster or lighter
and more importantly obfuscates the reality that it is definitely in the industry's best interests to sell a boatload of new bicycles with discs.
Many racers seem to think the whole cycling world revolves around their needs
Do you think Specialized is marketing the new Tarmac or Venge to racers? A look at their website says yes...so do those racers, not the whole cycling world, want disc or rim?