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Old 03-09-21, 06:00 PM
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Disc brakes,, they dont look nice..

im not about to post this in a road bike forum ... but in the classics forum... perhaps you get me on this.... they look ugly... like they are trying to be mountain bikes. just like the sloping top tube and long seat post thing..... for mountain bikes YES you need them.. or at least V brakes... but on a road bike... over kill... and they look clunky... they just do.... even you mate them to the globby tube shapes of the carbon bikes that are in fashion.... its just not a good look... and my dura ace brakes sets have yet to let me down... its marketing trying to sell the public the next thing..... and all carbon bikes are so cookie cutter then the only way you can tell who is who is by reading the down tube....

yes im an idiot... but man... i hate where bikes are going in the modern age..
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Old 03-09-21, 06:08 PM
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Not every disc bike is cookie cutter carbon and I love the way discs look on this, what I really like is the solid colored rims that aren't marred by brake pads. Although there are some really nice looking rim brakes there's also some really ugly ones too. When it comes to rim I really like Ultegra and have always thought they look nice but I like disc better. funny enough, I've got a couple aluminum disc and steel disc but my only carbon is rim brake.
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preaching to the choir, i think. i used to get bicycling magazine in the mail back in the 70's until i got posted overseas, and just recently re-subscribed for 6 issues, and i can't find much of anything of interest in there... esp the prices for new bikes!
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I'm a sucker for a single pull calliper brake, but when I'm smashing down a wet descent I love my disc brakes

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Old 03-09-21, 06:39 PM
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The best brakes are the ones you've got.
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Old 03-09-21, 09:27 PM
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Aesthetics aside, I don't get the pros using them for road racing. A wheel change is maybe 10-15 seconds with a rim brake, but can be minutes with a disc wheel, even with a top notch roadside tech. American Quinn Simmons was in the break late in the Strade Bianche race last week, and lost minutes from a flat tire. Coulda been a contender had he been riding rim brakes.
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all in the eye of the beholder. imo, it depends....i've seen some applications that don't float my boat, but others that do. this one grabs me...


practically speaking, need for disc brakes is relative. they are fantastic on steep hills with a heavy load. plus, if you contend with icy/snowy conditions. i've had rims w/canti's get icy and, having not realized, began a descent and found i could not stop. that scared the puhjeezus out of me.
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
The best brakes are the ones you've got.
Or, the best brakes are on that other bike you wish you were riding down this descent.
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all in the eye of the beholder. imo, it depends....i've seen some applications that don't float my boat, but others that do. this one grabs me...


practically speaking, need for disc brakes is relative. they are fantastic on steep hills with a heavy load. plus, if you contend with icy/snowy conditions. i've had rims w/canti's get icy and, having not realized, began a descent and found i could not stop. that scared the puhjeezus out of me.
Discs on a Riv? Blasphemy!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Discs on a Riv? Blasphemy!
lol....i get the sentiment. to my recollection, he wrecked it bending the fork and decided to "upgrade". akin to singular's peregrine, i suppose .

edit: okay...here's the full story...
https://bikepacking.com/news/readers...dell-atlantis/

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Disc brakes have their place on road bikes, especially if you're riding in wet conditions or are descending down steep and long hills or mountains.

For most applications, brakes are meant to slow you down and rim brakes work great. But there's no doubting that modern hydraulic disc brakes offer superior stopping power.

That being said, I much prefer rim brakes for their ease and cost of maintenance.
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Mm, discs, carbon, thru-axles.

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why would any one want to post a picture of some disc brake bike on a thread that says in the title they dont look nice? but what ever... keep them on your mountain bike.... just glad we did not adopt the spring fork from them....

yet,,,,,,
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As noted, disc brakes stop better, particularly in the wet. If you break a spoke, there are no worries about losing braking power due to having to open the quick release. On the downside, they're finicky about wheel re-installation and they weigh more. Which is best for you depends on where your priorities lie.

As for carbon fibre frames being cookie cutter, modern monocoques offer designers far more flexibility and provide far more variation than tubular, steel frames. If it weren't for logo embossing and serial number formats, you'd be very hard pressed to identify the vast majority of steel frames.

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Disk brakes look ok paired with plus tires, super chunky bottom brackets, tapered head tubes, and those very long and fat brake lever shifty thangs on the awfully short-drop bars. These bikes often sound like Robo Cop’s motor bike. There is a more appropriate sub forum for this thread and it’s pictures but I have no idea what it would be called.
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You kids get off of my lawn!
Why, back in my day, we had brakes on our chainstays. AND WE LIKED IT.

We had to ride our bikes to school. In a blizzard. Barefoot. Uphill. Both ways.

Kids these days and their fancy pants mumbo jumbo disc brifters...
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Maybe someone should make retro-look disc brakes for C&V applications. Rotors with Lambert-esque round holes, and calipers with NR styling motif, whatever that means.
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Why, back in my day, we had brakes on our chainstays. AND WE LIKED IT.
...
Hey -- I resemble that remark!
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why is this kind of nonsense in the c&v forum????
i'm here for classic and vintage, not modern garbage. if i want to see carbon disc braked filth, i'll go to the road forum, or general, or a&s, etc.
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Please don't hold back, tell us how you really feel about "disc" brakes.
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stopping? who needs to stop?
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Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
why would any one want to post a picture of some disc brake bike on a thread that says in the title they dont look nice? but what ever... keep them on your mountain bike.... just glad we did not adopt the spring fork from them....

yet,,,,,,
We did that 30+ years ago, and we're doing it again now.
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I have no problem with disc brakes. They make so much more sense to me than rim brakes. That said...

This really old Skyway sported a rear disc brake that weighs almost as much as some of the road bikes that have come my way...


The disc brake system was, however, appropriately named...
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why would any one want to post a picture of some disc brake bike on a thread that says in the title they dont look nice? but what ever... keep them on your mountain bike.... just glad we did not adopt the spring fork from them....

yet,,,,,,

Best of both worlds. imho

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What are you talking about they look awesome!

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