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I'd love discs. So much better for descending real steep and windy stuff. Say goodbye to cooked rims and blown tyres.
And because of the above, you'd be able to run obscenely light clinchers.
Not to mention all weather braking.
Safe to say, if you can't at least appreciate the benefits (not saying you have to have a desire to run them) you don't spend enough time of the bike.
Personally I'm not a big fan of the look but for me function > form.
I want it.
Please be nice to me, I'm not very bright.
While you are entitled to your opinion, this is the WORST reason to reject road bike discs.
Its not a reason, its a gut feeling.
As you rightly pointed we all are entitled to our opinions, we can argue on and on about this topic but in the end its the bike manufacturers that will decide.
For all you know, I might change my mind
Kunalraiker, when you reject the Colnago C59 being offered to you, chuck it my way, right?
I saw the khaki one first. I am not sure I'm man enough for such a bike
Not hydro though
Alright, what about MichaelB's build, for which Mulger Bill amongst others would part with an organ?
That khaki bike makes me froth.
Couple of questions. What are the benefits of hydro over cable? And are there issues with boiling the fluid on hydraulic setups?
Boiling the fluid? How often you boiled the fluid on a car?
http://www.colnago.com/disc-braking/ sums it up.
Race you to it! I can be there in about an hour, faster if it's the black on black model
Yeah, well, seems like nobody wants a kidney
A well done hydro setup will need almost zero servicing until it's pad or fluid replacement time, no cable stretch or dialling out pad wear
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
No organ parting required, but the F&F (in which you get Frame, Fork, seatpost and headset) isn't the cheapest, but the attention to detail is pretty good.
The ONLY* carbon, drop bar, double disc road bike that can take full fenders, and full internal routing (either cable or hydraulic brake lines) for A$2,395 that is available. NOW. There are a few others available, but NONE that have this complete list of goodies.
Hence my patience in getting one.
* - AFAIK, and I've seen a few in my searches ....
It is reasonably easy to boil the fluid on a real-world production car if you do a few hot laps at a race circuit. If we're going to talk real-world conditions, try a few reasonably hard stops in your car and watch the pedal feel change.
But that really is beside the point. From what I understand it is possible to heat your discs up enough that they can boil the fluid and make the brakes fade. While dot4 fluid has a fairly high boiling point (446 deg celcius), it absorbs fluid so the boiling point does decrease in real world conditions. It's a phenomenon that is acknowledged to occur on mountainbikes. So I am curious as to if and how it is dealt with on road bikes.
I imagine we would put a fair deal of stress on a disc brake on an extended downhill, and to be honest I'm not sure if I'd rather risk blowing a tyre or losing my brakes all together due to fade. If I could pick I'd probably say lets blow the rear tyre up, haha!
On the whole I think it's a technology that will become fairly mainstream but with the riding I do (lots of climbing [and descending] fairly steep stuff) I'm not going to be an early adopter.
There are disadvantages of disc brakes which appear to have been glossed over in the frenzy to embrace this new offering on a road bike. The torsional braking forces put more stress on the spokes which will require more of them and also of thicker gauge (offsetting some of the weight savings from not needing an alloy braking surface). Beefier forks will also be needed (again, adding weight). The rear wheel will be weaker due to the need for dishing on both sides.
This could be good for carbon wheels right?
Fixed that for you
And it must be pointed out that as far as mass of heat sink goes, these are 140mm rotors, not 160.
Yeah exactly - the only thing i dont like about my carbon wheels is the reduced braking performance (particularly on descents).
The change in pedal feel will have more to do with the pad material being outside of the optimum operating limits.
It is rare for even a race car to boil it's fluid, and that is with massive rotors glowing red/orange hot and dissapating a lot more energy than a road car can even try to.
Granted, it can still happen, but I'd say it's rare.
Will it happen on a road bike - in my experience (13,000+km), you'd have to be trying hard to do it.
And then offset by some other weight savings.
From my Volagi, the 57cm frame is 1,225g, and this has full internal cable routing, clever little plates to make it neater as well which adds to the weight, so not bad. The fork is 482g with 380mm of uncut steerer tube.
Overall, those weights are 200 or so grams over a reasobnably light frame, but I'm not going to compare with a VWD Cervelo, as that is a completely different frame.
My wheelset, using 29er carbon rims (24mm wide) with 28 spokes front and 32 rear comes to 1,421g which is not bad.
Overall the bike will shave in just under 8kg, and for a bike with some mid tier parts, is pretty damn good for a double disc road bike.
LOL forgot all about that one... boiled brake fluid equals ZERO brakes. That just doesn't happen unless you failed to bleed properly, or you've got ancient fluid. My experience is that you can have much older fluid than the recommended 2 year life span as well without issues
I just don't see the system having these kinds of problems unless people are seriously underprepared to actually ride their bike as per the technology. There are limits to everything. Brakes will fade. Tubes will blow off... perhaps people should do some work checking their limits before bombing down epic descents
Hydro typically has better 'feel' than cable. Cable discs feel very similar in application to rim brakes since it is essentially the same clamping mechanism as rim brakes. In my experience, well set-up hydro brakes have longer service intervals than cable brakes. But there are always buts....
The two biggest griefs that roadies shifting to discs are going to have to come to terms with is disc squeal and bleeding. Your brakes will squeal and turkey gobble if you don't bed the discs and pads in just so. And the bleeding of hydraulic lines can be a black art compared to the ease with which most cable brakes can be tweaked.
It's possible to boil the hydraulic fluid (certainly happens in the MTB world) but on the road it would only likely occur if you do something incredibly mad such as descending from Mt. William in the Grampians like a speed obsessed loon and finding yourself repeatedly responding to oncoming traffic....
Ours is not to reason why...merely to point and giggle
There's two ways for a car's brake system to fail due to heat.
If the pedal goes soft and you can push it to the floor with negligible braking effect, that's because your incompressible brake fluid has gone compressible - it has boiled. It happens, but it's uncommon.
If the pedal stays hard but you have to use more and more pedal force to get the braking effect you want, that's because the friction level of the pads has reduced. That's brake fade.
More robust friction materials are more resistant to fade than lower performing materials.
If somebody's hydraulic brakes were to get seriously cooked, I would expect them to experience a hard pedal (or level) with decreasing brake effectiveness, right up until the fluid boils and their levers suddenly go right to the bar.
Boiled fluid is like a snapped brake cable. It's not like progressively "losing your brakes" on a long hill.
If you have some water in your old fluid and you overheat it, then the levers go soft, they don't immediately go straight back to the bars and fail to work at all. ie you should have 1.5 brakes when you begin to boil one, not nil, and the bike should have sufficient braking power to get it down below the critical speeds and stop. For those that like to accelerate out of corners and brake for the next one, this is probably just not going to happen, its only going to happen to people that ride the brakes, and they'll feel the lever going softer.
its not actually like that on a bike, because its a small amount of water that will boil first, and unless the bottom half of the line was all water (and mine aren't after 7 years!), then you get 1 bubble which can be fully compressed by the lever.
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