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    Will Your Next Road Bike Have Rim Brakes or Disc Brakes?

    Since there is no poll for this thread:

    Are disc brakes the future on road bikes?

    I thought I would post one here.

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    Road bike with disc brakes? That must be a hybrid...
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    Silly poster.
    Disc are for kids.

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    I have both and both are nice and interesting in their own ways.
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    I've never had an issue with brakes on a bike. Ever. Could care less which style my next bike has as long as the rest of the bike matches what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_cyclist View Post
    Since there is no poll for this thread:

    Are disc brakes the future on road bikes?

    I thought I would post one here.
    Rim brakes. They work as well as possible on dry pavement (rear wheel off the ground) and are backwards compatible with my four pairs of wheels some with sentimental value (the first set I built, rode 418 miles from Grand Junction to Golden with 28,000 feet of climbing between...) and superior aesthetics.

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    I'll probably be looking at disc brakes for my next wet weather/commuter bike, mostly so I won't have to deal with rim wear and replacing wheelsets every 2-3 years.

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    I would like for my next one to have disc brakes, I don't care what anyone sez on the aero properties of them, my bikes I've had with disc brakes stop better than any of my canti/vbrake/centerpull bikes. They have more surface area, and work well for daily riding. I don't think a road bike(that isn't a cx) really needs disc, my road bike is more of a street fighter, it isn't going too speed all the time, and disc have more braking surface. I saw this wonderful all black schwinn roadbike that had disc brakes at this bike kickoff.

    I want a frame kinda like my roadtech with disc. Might even find a disc fork for it.
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    I'll definitely check out disc brakes next time—I'm in a hilly area and I'm a powerlifter (re: heavier than you).

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    I think that in most road-biking cases they are more of a fashion statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
    I'll probably be looking at disc brakes for my next wet weather/commuter bike, mostly so I won't have to deal with rim wear and replacing wheelsets every 2-3 years.
    Thats just silly talk.

    it doesn't matter to me, disc or rim. If I like the bike, whatever it comes with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arben View Post
    I'll definitely check out disc brakes next time—I'm in a hilly area and I'm a powerlifter (re: heavier than you).
    I lift as well, I was 285 with a decent pull / squat for a fat old man.

    Nothing like running down a hill, knowing well, the brakes all out, will only keep you from breaking 40-45... And if a car pulls out, well it's gonna hurt.

    I couldn't get my canti's set up right on my Fuji tourer. No one could, then a builder here pointed out I was flexing the frame, so I'd need brake boosters. He suggested disc as I had other frame related issues due to strength / weight.


    Built up a DT and wow, decent discs (road bb7's) are marvelous!!!! 2 finger stops no matter how steep.
    Yeah, we'll get people on here start talking crap about traction limits...
    Guess what if they run more than rubber bands they'll have traction.
    My 38 marathons (ok, the rear's a dreaded +) have more than enough to haul me down quite quickly, even in the rain...
    Then they'll start talking about endo's... Another open secret, wheelbase and weight distribution.

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    I like the idea of disc brakes, but I'll probably wait until the bike after my next bike to get them. I know there are a lot of options now but there will be even more by then, especially with wheels.

    I do a lot of descending. I'm a big wuss, so I do a lot of braking on many of those descents.
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    Rim brakes.

    I weigh 150, and discs aren't aero.
    Uh oh. I'm looking at Ebay again...

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    Discs. I get caught in the rain regularly and live in a very hilly area. I hate riding in the rain, reaching for my brakes, and having nothing there. I was sold on disc when I realized that my loaded touring bike stops better in the rain than by road bike does in dry conditions.

    Also, although I have never done it, it is amusing to watch people new to the area blow out their tires from sqeezing their rim brakes so hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscientist View Post
    Also, although I have never done it, it is amusing to watch people new to the area blow out their tires from sqeezing their rim brakes so hard.
    In 28 years of road cycling I have never seen that.
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    Drogue chute next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
    In 28 years of road cycling I have never seen that.
    Maybe he lives in Oman?
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    I just bought a new bike and came really close to getting the disc version. my LBS owner is riding a disc bike at the moment, his "gravel grinder", and really likes it. I have no intention at the moment of riding anything except pavement and only ride in the rain by accident. biggest reason I opted out of disc was weight, price, and availability.

    disc on a road bike is pretty cool IMO and they are pretty amazing compared to rim brakes.

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    its possible, several of the bikes on my short list happen to have discs, but they aren't there because of the disc, its coincidental because of the type of bike i want (defy advanced, synapse alloy, etc) and the spec on them works for me, but rim brakes are fine as well and I have rim brake spec'd bikes on my list also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
    In 28 years of road cycling I have never seen that.
    Join us at the Garrett County Gran Fondo some time. You will see it several times on the first couple descents. Another thing to keep an eye out for, although I have only seen it once, are carbon rims melting. Some people get a little carried away by the steep downhills at the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscientist View Post
    Join us at the Garrett County Gran Fondo some time. You will see it several times on the first couple descents.
    I'm sure I would. The lack of modulation in calipers probably causes countless more wrecks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
    In 28 years of road cycling I have never seen that.
    I saw that as a kid. Another boy had a bike with tubulars and there was a skidding contest.

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    If road bike is defined by design, then no. If it's defined by use, then maybe; I might get a cross bike, use it entirely on the road, and it would likely come with disc brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
    I'll probably be looking at disc brakes for my next wet weather/commuter bike, mostly so I won't have to deal with rim wear and replacing wheelsets every 2-3 years.
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