DISCS ARE HERE TO STAY

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES -

The world of cy­cling is never short of new ideas, es­pe­cially when it comes to man­u­fac­tur­ers look­ing for ways to make bikes lighter, faster, smoother and safer. While disc brakes are ubiq­ui­tous in moun­tain bik­ing – from en­try-level kids’ bikes, to strato­spher­i­cally ex­pen­sive dual-sus­pen­sions – on the road, they’re still few and far be­tween.

The in­tro­duc­tion of discs to the pro pelo­ton cre­ated a whirl­wind of opin­ion. Po­lar­is­ing de­bates con­tinue to rage re­gard­ing disc brakes’ im­proved stop­ping power ver­sus per­ceived threats to rider safety.

So where does that leave us con­sumers? Is the UCI’s hes­i­ta­tion to adopt discs enough to stop the ad­vance­ment of the tech­nol­ogy?

Bi­cy­cling doesn’t think so. Dis­cbrake- equipped bikes will con­tinue to mul­ti­ply in 2018 – es­pe­cially in the en­durance seg­ment, given the likes of Swift’s At­tack G2 DSQ. It’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore the tech­nol­ogy around lever size, cal­liper mod­u­la­tion and axle con­fig­u­ra­tion (which will al­low quicker wheel changes) pro­gresses to the point that the ad­van­tages far out­weigh any neg­a­tives, open­ing the door for more disc- equipped bikes.

One day soon, we’ll ride past cy­clists with rim brakes and say, “Whoa, dig your old-school vibes!”

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