Hydraulic Road Disc -- in or out?
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    48

    Hydraulic Road Disc -- in or out?


  2. #2
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: SkiRacer55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    620
    Not yet, and maybe not ever. The last time I really needed hydraulic and/or disc was Ride the Rockies, and I'm not going to do that again real soon. Other than that, even here in the Rockies Front Range, mechanical calipers do fine. Let's not forget, there is a weight penalty for disk, plus from what I'm reading, you need a frame that will accept disk brakes...more $$$. And hydraulic, disk or rim, isn't going to be cheap. I've also seen pictures of the SRAM hydraulic levers, and they are not very ergo at all, at all. There's also maintenance/reliability issues that I don't think anyone's really thought through. So I'm definitely going to wait...
    Go big, or take up bowling...

  3. #3
    Cranky Old Bastard
    Reputation: Randy99CL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    2,337
    I think it's great that the hydraulic systems are finally arriving. It will be a few years before the prices drop but eventually most new bikes will come with discs because that is what buyers will want.

    Discs aren't for everyone and I don't care whether anyone else likes them or not. I have mechanicals on my new bike and love 'em and I haven't even ridden in the rain yet.

    I'm more interested in the new TRP Spyre dual-piston mechanical calipers that are coming out this summer. They estimate 20% more braking power with less weight (than BB7s) at about $80 (retail) a wheel. When I can get them for around 50 bucks I'll probably upgrade.

    The whole debate makes me chuckle. I'm actually surprised at the number of cyclists that don't want disc brakes.

    I'm old enough that my first cars didn't have discs and it was obvious how much better the disc brakes worked once you tried them. Even back then there were guys that resisted the new technology.
    My fifth motorcycle was a Honda CB-450 in '72 and that hydraulic front disc was absolutely amazing for its' power and control. Again, some guys stuck with their drum brakes and talked them up to be superior.

    Obviously, cars and motos don't need to be as light as humanly possible so the analogy isn't perfect. But regular rim brakes will still be available for those who want them.

  4. #4
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: SkiRacer55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    620
    To follow up, hydro for road, disk or rim, isn't going to be cheap any time soon. I was just out on the SRAM site, where I found out that the hydro levers...levers only, mind you...are available on for SRAM Red and will cost up to $1122:

    SRAM RED 22 Hydro Shifter | SRAM
    Last edited by SkiRacer55; 05-09-2013 at 09:45 AM. Reason: add dollar sign...
    Go big, or take up bowling...

  5. #5
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    866
    At some point, no one will have a choice. Try to buy a mountain bike without discs.
    Tis the season for all of us not hard enough to play to belittle those not hard enough to win. We are a funny lot. - dave @ November Bicycles

  6. #6
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    519
    Isn't this exact same question and thread in components and wrenching?

  7. #7
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    462
    The hydro brakes have been out for awhile now. Lets hear some real world impressions!

Similar Threads

  1. SRAM's new Hydraulic Road Disc -- in or out?
    By Jason303 in forum Components, Wrenching
    Replies: 53
    Last Post: 05-21-2013, 01:48 AM
  2. Sram Hydraulic disc sighting
    By Rashadabd in forum Cyclocross
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-05-2012, 03:54 AM
  3. Sram Hydraulic Disc sighting
    By Rashadabd in forum Cyclocross
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 11-16-2012, 06:43 PM
  4. Hydraulic EPS at Eurobike (on C59 Disc)
    By strathconaman in forum Colnago
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-28-2012, 03:14 PM
  5. The Future? Carbon Hydraulic Disc CX Bike
    By Dajianshan in forum Cyclocross
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 09-19-2011, 08:37 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT ROADBIKEREVIEW

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.