In the cycling world right now, there are two heated topics.  A certain American that we won’t name and road disc brakes.  It appears that cyclists are split on road disc brakes, many ‘get it’ whilst most are sitting in the no camp.

Looking at the staff bicycles at Cheshire Oaks Cycles, it appears that we are sitting on the fence.  Three members of staff are using disc brakes on their road bicycles, whilst the other three members are still using rim brakes.  So, why are the staff slowly moving from rim brakes to disc brakes?

solace disc

The main reason is consistent braking.  In the dry, the braking performance of a disc brake is very similar to that of a rim brake.  Add rain to the mix and the difference in braking performance can be light and day.

On a daily basis, most staff at Cheshire Oaks Cycles will cycle 20 miles each day and they find that using disc brakes results in less wear on the bicycle.  Also, on the commute, the staff ride in traffic and they find that disc brakes offer a greater advantage over rim brakes for those ‘sorry mate, I didn’t see you‘ moments.

Advantages

  • Improved braking performance over rim brakes (especially in wet weather)
  • Consistent braking performance
  • Less wear on rims
  • Almost a fit and forget system
  • Great for braking under heavy load (i.e; both touring and on long descents)

Disadvanages

  • Heavier wheelset
  • Hydraulic discs can be more ‘fiddly’ to setup and often requires a professional to adjust
  • Initially more expensive to buy into than rim brakes
  • Still not sanctioned by the UCI for road racing (although this is set to change for 2017)
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