Disc brakes: The future for all bikes

In June 2010, the UCI announced they would allow disc brakes for cyclo-cross and techno geeks rejoiced. They knew the rule reversal was the first step to seeing the technology trickle to the road, and trickle it will.

 So for that reason alone, discs have clear benefits for road bikes, and still there are a host of other advantages:
  • Better modulation, which is more important in braking performance than power (of course, there's the possibility of more power too)
  • The ability to build new rim shapes that are more aero, more compliant or stronger, due to the fact that they don’t have to accommodate a brake track
  • Faster wheel changes, especially between wheels equipped with different rim shapes
  • Possibility of less rotational weight, due to the reduced material needs of a brake-track-free rim
  • The ability to further tune chassis components (seatstays, fork) for ride characteristics, rather than reinforce them to accommodate brakes
  • The consistency, durability and adverse condition performance of hydraulics versus mechanical systems
  • Ending premature wear to rims and wheels by moving braking wear to a rotor
  • No need for ultra expensive carbon-rim-specific brake pads
  • And, for advanced users, a new ability to drive their bikes with their brakes

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