cyclotaur wrote:A fellow rider has been trying to convince me on disc brakes for awhile (he has them on his CX bike). I'm not totally convinced as I really don't need that sort if braking power.
But, along with 11 speed, newer things can be attractive. But I do like to swap wheels around (I have 3 sets I use regularly) and this could be more expensive with disc-ed wheels - or am I wrong ?
Like anything new, there are two issues at present with disc wheels on road/cx bikes - availability and standardisation.
As disc brakes become more common, more manufacturers will make disc brake wheelsets and market forces will come in, reducing the cost.
Standardisation is the issue. From my hunting for wheels, having different rear spacings is both problematic and confusing if you aren't sure what spacing your ride uses. It does seem to be converging on a standard of 135mm rear spacing.
I bought my spare wheelset on these forums, second hand. They are Mavic SpeedCity wheels, and so far they have been really nice. I am keen to see more disc brake wheels, and especially more road/CX bike, disc specific wheels (i.e. no brake track) coming onto the market.