Alright....so here's my question, Disc or Canti...which will be the new or maintained staple in the CX fields??? Seems like alot of bikes this year are going to disc yet there are minimal offerings for disc brake systems for CX speciffic applications....and 140 or 160mm rotors....anyone here running disc and getting results?? Bottom line is no one on the podium is running disc is that a sign not to or sign of coincidence??
Disc have nothing to do with getting on the podium. If your looking at disc because you think they will make you faster, you are just drinking the coolaid. Its really not about the bike. Your engine, skills, tactics and luck put you on the podium. The one item that does make a difference is tires and pressure. Very, very, seldom is braking an issue on my bikes which are setup with pauls and swissstops and I would bet they have never cost me a podium spot.
Next year, you will see lots of disc racing and you will see some wins on them BUT the brakes will have little to do with it.
Oh...I am well aware of the "it's not about the bike" having spent plenty of time on the podium last season with your exact brake setup on a non-carbon frame :o) I guess i'm just a tried and true canti-brakes guy and am wondering what people think of the whole disc phenom....will it take off or be a fad.....
Tire pressure is a huge deal as well and I'm looking at trying some Stan's Wheels this season tubeless to facilitate even lower pressures....
I guess I just wonder why the big players aren't advocating it on their setups aside from the fact that they ride what they are paid to ride...
Will disc brakes to cx be like hydraulic to road???
Are your pit wheels going to be disc equipped?
The thing I find most interesting is the rear spacing issue. Is it going to be 135 or 130? Looks like the manufacturers aren't quite on board with one idea yet.
I understand the sentiment of going 135- there are already plenty of 135 MTB disc hubs out there. I understand that the 130 hub doesn't help with tensioning a wheel when you lose even more dish.
However, there's a rub: I'm much more likely to swap wheels between a road bike and 'cross bike. 700c road and CX clinchers are easily swapped (you'd have to remove the disc, but...) But to change my mountain bike tires, which are tubeless, is a real pain. So if I have 135 CX wheels, they're dedicated to that bike. I'm also going to need a road-tire 135 hub for the trainer before races.
Is this reason alone to go 135 or 130 as the future "standard"? Not really. But it's a reason to wait until it's all been sorted out before you buy. I've gone the mixed route and am getting a November with canti/130 rear, and a disc fork. All road rear wheels are still useable and all I had to do was re-build 3 front wheels with disc hubs.
will do! Interesting....I didn't know TJ was dabbling in the disc front...I agree with Yeager, the spacing of hubs will be an interesting ordeal to watch unfold. Stan's is rumored to be working on a CX disc wheelset with 130mm rear spacing. I just hate dealing with bent, squeaky disc and can't see needing THAT much stopping power..I guess I feel as though disc is a "de-evolution" in cx- thoughts??
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