But I'm inching to get a disc-roadie sorted, and I'm frustrated that the bike companies are so slow on this. Sure there are a few alu framed options but very few carbon frames in the shops. Enve have a disc fork ready to go, and Easton have a decent disc wheelset which should be ready soon, so it's happening slowly. My commuter is already disc'd up but it's a CX frame so not quite the right tool for the faster rides.
If I could build the road bike I really want it would:
- be carbon
- have hydro discs
- run tubeless
- internal cables
I plan to have full internal routing for the brake lines and of course the Di2 cables.
This will also incorporate a custom carbon stem/handlebar combo.
Also will have to use swivel joints for the steering.
May have to make new levers with master cylinder and switches for Di2.
Should be interesting.
I will post some pic's when the process starts.
Conversely it's pretty rare that you find muddy conditions on the road like you do off road like the side of a mountain.
It's pretty rare that you will be doing 50-60 mph down the side of the mountain like you do on the road on a MTB.
Yes there the dare devils that find a somewhat smooth track down the side of the mountain but for the most part MTB's do not go down the side of the mountain at the same speed as a road bike on a paved road.
If you think you will get better braking performance by putting disk brakes on a road bike during normal dry conditions I would be hard pressed to see this. In wet conditions it's a different story.
So to recap disc brakes are great on mtb's in wet muddy conditions. Cantilever brakes are great also on MTB and cross bikes but not as effective as the disc brakes in wet muddy conditions.
Road bikes brake effectively with the current dual pivot brakes, good pads, and machined rims on dry roads. In wet conditions the brake pads can be changed for better braking as well.
I would not mind having disc brakes on a road bike I would use for training in wet weather though.
Aside from having good brakes it's the riders expertise in inclement weather to be able to stop and maneuver the bike in adverse conditions.
When I think of wet weather conditions on the road I think of the 89' WCC. Balls to the wall in wet conditions at 60 mph.
I wonder what kind of brake pads they had
If you think you will get better braking performance by putting disk brakes on a road bike during normal dry conditions I would be hard pressed to see this
I have discs on my commuter. They are better. Whether you can "see" that they are, when you don't have them, is hardly relevant.
I've never been to New York*. As far as I can see, there is no reason to either.
* I have but ...
Whoever thought that carbon fiber can't be used in a rotor on a bicycle might want to reconsider. I see no reason not to use these on a road bike and they also look cooler.
I came across this:
Test Videos on YouTube:
http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/11/14/fou ... more-51894
The appeal of electronic shifting and discs being "it just works, perfectly, all the time, every time" being strongest on a winter bike (and, as observed up thread, ALL THE TOYS).
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