March 11, 2012
The Disc Brake-Equipped Road Bike War, Part II

A few days ago, I wrote a post about Colnago’s C59 Disc and Volagi’s Liscio and ended my post asking how bicycle, wheel, and component manufacturers would respond to the C59 Disc and the Liscio.

Well, my question was answered when Bike Radar published an article by Matt Pacocha on TRP’s Hywire Road Disc Brake System. Based on the limited amount of information that is available online, the Hywire is a road disc brake system which integrates with the original Dura Ace and the new Ultegra Di2. Bike Radar’s article provides more specific information about the Hywire, so I won’t go into any details, but it appears that component manufacturers like Avid, Formula, and TRP are leading the charge towards disc brake-equipped road bikes, along with bicycle manufacturing companies like Volagi, Colnago,and Stevens.

The latter is a German company which has seen a lot of success on its cyclocross bikes and it first featured disc brakes on a cyclocross bike in 2010. Hence, it seemed like a natural progression for the company to introduce a road bike with disc brakes.

Nonetheless, I don’t think that the major bicycle manufacturers like Trek and Specialized are going to offer disc brake-equipped road bikes in 2012 or 2013, as the UCI currently does not allow disc brakes in its road races. However, I will not be surprised to see more smaller bicycle manufacturing companies introduce disc brake-equipped road bikes as the number of ultra endurance and gran fondo riders increase. And if the technology rises to meet the UCI’s standards, I think that it will only be a matter of time before we see disc brakes in some of the major road cycling races.

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