Originally Posted by Whiteroom
speed- If you can brake later (which you absolutely can do with disc brakes) then you can go faster longer and deeper into corners, so you go faster. Take two race cars, 1 is 2% faster, the other has 10% better brakes... unless it's a drag race the car with the better brakes will be faster around a track than the 'faster' car. Not too hard to understand.
safety- Joseba Beloki called, he said "hi".
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
blowing up carbon rims isnt very safe, disc brakes would make that not happen.
Originally Posted by epic
Good brakes let you stop faster. Like Whiteroom said, they will let you go deeper into a corner and that will make you faster. They also work better in the rain, and as I said, they don't put heat into your rim melting your tubular glue. That makes you safer. I don't now if you've ridden mountain bikes much, but every time I ride my roadie, I am astonished at how poor the brakes are (and my brakes are Dura-Ace brakes which Velonews claims are the most powerful, best modulated stoppers you can buy).
Wow. Thanks guys. But I’m still having difficulty considering disk break technology as the major factor with regard to speed and safety for Road and TT. In my mind the gating issues are tire to pave adhesion, body position and wind resistance well before consideration of disk brake technology resisting forward motion.
I use and really enjoy the benefits of disk brake on mountain bikes. But I don’t see it as the game changer for road…regardless of current UCI rule sets or popular anecdotal comments of carbon blowing up or melting rubber flying off hoops etc. Paolo Savoldelli [the falcon] spoke of subtle skills along with ways to reduce drag and dirty air to stabilize fast descents increasing speed and improve safety. Cadel Evans, an ex mountain biker and another outstanding descender, has often described his concerns over tire adhesion [oh, and you could really see that particular issue for him during the Giro] and the lowest skill set in a tight group as major issues of safety. I don’t read of these guys or others speak of brakes or specifically how disk brakes would revolutionize their day jobs.
However while I just don’t hear “help me stop better” as a catapult to greater speed and safety for road cycling I admit I may have missed the mark. So…I’ll continue reading the breaking news with braking
Originally Posted by 4ster
I guess LA's MTB skills do come into play ;).
That is an awesome vid. A “bail-out” with quick thinking purpose.