"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Disk Brakes
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Would disk brakes give a substantial advantage on a descent? A rider could have carbon rims and not worry about overheating, and would be able to delay braking until later in the turn, as in motorcycle racing.
07-29-03, 12:02 PM
Ive always understood it that standard brakes, with hydraulic controls, give the best feel. Racers dont use them though. They opt for the cable pull, because it is more reliable. I dont think you would get a great feel for the brakes with discs. Road bikes just dont weight enough.
I opined in another thread that they're probably coming. I understand the biggest knock on them right now is weight. "Downhill racers" bring their bikes up via ski lift but roadies have to climb the mountain first. :D
Sooner or later the weight issue wil be resolved and then I think they'll come esp. in races that feature long descents for the reasons you mentioned.
The retrogrouch in me cringes but racing always has and always will push the envelope.
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