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limba wrote:We're getting disc brakes whether we want them or not. Next year every high end bike will have a disc option or be standard. Two years after that Shimano will make something awesome. In 5 years it's all going to be discs.
The fact is that 99.9% of top riders all around the world are not using them.
Before adding 2-300gr on the wheels and maybe something around 500gr on the whole bike for nothing, they think twice
That said they are better in mud and snow, there is no point in denying it, if you've been mountain biking as long as I have it's clear to see
With all the sand speed wasn't the problem. With the Worlds taking place here I can't see anyone switching to discs in the interim.
This past Sunday we did a mega slippery (very green grass over a wet, soft base turning to mud) race where brake power wasn't an issue - it was contact patch. MTBs with V-brakes were overtaking the CX riders on the downhill switchbacks - they had contact patch on their side. We smoked 'em up hill but downhill better brakes just lock your wheels - my crappy 15 year old Deore XT cantis were locking my rear wheel.
Hey I'll gladly take anyone's old/obsolete/useless/"OMG you're STILL riding rim brakes!?!" 1/2 price Super X frames in a 54cm size please!
Next year every high end bike will have a disc option or be standard. Two years after that Shimano will make something awesome. In 5 years it's all going to be discs.
I'm just in the process of moving over to discs at the moment. One day we'll look back at rim brakes and wonder why we put up with rim wear and inconsistent braking.
limba wrote:99% of the pros don't use discs because they don't have that option yet. When they do they will be using them, (like I said) whether they want to or not.
I'm guessing that there will be a little resistance from the European Pros. I think cross is one of the few areas where riders are allowed more input into their equipment. Also, look at European pro MTB racers who were late to adopt disc brakes, full suspension and 29ers (for the most part). I'm not saying it wont happen, I just think it will happen quicker in North America and may take a few years for that to be accepted in Europe.
I'm sure the pros and the companies that sponsor them will sleep better at night knowing that their uber expensive carbon rims won't be destroyed from brake pads caked with mud.
By the way, I'm still running v-brakes and a rigid fork on my mtn.bike. I'm as old school as it gets but discs will take over cross just like they did mtn.biking.
Will we buy anything they tell us?
Bump this thread in 2017 and we'll see how many manufacturers still have cantis mounts on their high end frames. I bet it's zero.
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