DISCS ARE HERE TO STAY
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!”