|Colnago World Cup Cross Bike White 2014 (Photo credit: Glory Cycles)|
For a bit, I thought that the disc brakes on cyclocross bikes was awesome. Being a former downhill racer and mountain biker, the control that discs provide is stunning and reassuring. Now road bikes are being outfitted with disc brakes and I started to wonder how much of this was truly moving bicycles forward (haha) or marketing.
After watching a bazillion European cyclocross races on YouTube, I noticed that they still run cantilever brakes. Realistically, cantilevers do fine. I was contemplating moving to a disc-equipped CX bike, then I changed my mind. I’ll just have to adjust my riding style.
Now road bikes are an entirely different matter. The Ultegra stoppers on my Litespeed haul that girl to a screeching halt on demand. Not once, on any sketchy country road downhills, did I ever feel like those brakes were ever going to fail. So disc on road bikes? Eh. Who needs them. Personally, I can see them on touring bikes due to the loads, especially if loaded and on mountainous routes. Aside from that. Nope.
Since every new technology is something to be fought over by bicycle and component companies, the big S decides to introduce a new standard. Is it really a standard if it’s new? I think it’s just more dumb things for bike shop owners, mechanics, and bike companies to deal with.
God save us all.