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Last Post 10/30/2013 09:28 PM by Andy Eunson. 7 Replies.
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10/30/2013 12:11 PM


10/30/2013 12:13 PM
They quote Andy
(quoting him on descending is like quoting Nixon on ethics… I laughed out loud)

Road racer Andy Schleck, guest of honour at Shimano's press camp, had some positive things to say regarding the disc vs rim debate.

Plenty of people have claimed that pros don't need or want them. But Andy had a different take: "If you're descending in the wet, especially on lightweight carbon rims then there is often water on the rim braking surface. That means you need to brake early, to give time to clear that water. In turn, that often means you are dragging the brake into corners with no guarantee of when braking is going to happen.

"On a long descent in hot conditions, they way a brake feels at the top is different to how it feels at the bottom once the rim has become hot. Mostly this results in a ‘grabby', sudden brake feel."
Cosmic Kid


10/30/2013 01:35 PM
I can't decide if it was marketing brilliance or incompetence to have Andy be the spokesperson for these brakes.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


10/30/2013 02:17 PM
I see Tilford weighted in on this as well with the same general thought-- brilliance or lunacy



10/30/2013 03:00 PM
If Andy uses them, and becomes a competent descender, they'll be considered magic.
Keith Richards


10/30/2013 03:50 PM
Why y'all hatin' on Le Guimauve like that? lol!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


10/30/2013 08:47 PM
I can see a benefit if you ride a lot in wet conditions, winter riding, or do a lot of long steep decents. I guess my next question is how much longer will they last versus today's brakes?


10/30/2013 09:28 PM
Jokey. I hear from a friend on organic SRAM pads on a cross bike that they can wear fast. He had a lazy piston though. Similar to mountai bikes I imagine where organic or resin pads are quieter, less grabby, less grip but wear faster whereas metal pads last many months. When I went from rim brakes on my mountain bike pad wear meant once a month or more in the wet months but metal disc pads went for months. First set of Hayes pads went eight months.
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