Disc brakes. In cyclocross. OMG!
People seem to have forgotten that disc brakes have been available on cyclocross bikes since the early 2000s (and earlier on custom built cx bikes). The majority of disc brake equipped cx bikes on the market are still using the same mechanical caliper that was available back in 2002. So, they generally work about as well (and weigh about as much) as they did 10 years ago.
Every manufacturer swore up and down that their top PRO cx racers would be on disc brake bikes this year.
Pics or it never happened!
Oh wait, we do have 1 win on them!
And de Euros?
I thought Colnago promised us that Sven and Niels would exclusively riding disc brakes this season? I guess not.
Note: I’m not hating on disc brakes at all here. I love cycling technology and advancements. I think steel bikes are fantastic and carbon is a material you can do amazing things with. I keep an open mind regarding cycling tech and like to try new things out myself. These are not things to get emotional about.
I have a responsibility to my clients to know a lot about this technology, read between the lines in the marketing and not sell them crap.
I am waiting for the day that production-level technology catches up with the marketing hype. When there is zero weight penalty for using disc brakes on a cx bike and we don’t have to use adaptors and one-off prototype parts get fantastic braking performance.
Unfortunately (or not), cyclocross ends up being the testing ground for a lot of new gear and tech that the bicycle industry (and/or UCI) wants to eventually place in the road market.
While I am a critic, this stuff is exciting!
So what are the Euros waiting for? The mud?