In terms of brake technology, the world of road bikes seems to be at a crossroads. Is it time to move to disc brakes , or is it still survive in the brake rim . This debate is likely to continue in the next few years. But if you want to refer to the world-class professional racing arena, until the 2019 Tour de France rim brake is still the king.
From a total of 21 stages on the 2019 Tour de France, 20 of them have winners. The other one, Stage 19, was declared without a winner because it was stopped before finishing. Because of a landslide. Of the 20 stages, 13 are still won by rim brake bikes . Seven won by disc brake bikes .
The seven wins were won by three teams. These are two Specialized sponsored teams, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe, plus Mitchelton-Scott. Specialized, like other American manufacturers, are most keen to impose disc brake technology . Both on the market and on the racecourse.
However, the most successful teams in the 2019 Tour de France still chose the rim brake . Take for example Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky), who finished 1-2 in general classification through Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas.
This team is keuhuh using Pinarello Dogma F12 rim brake version , absolutely not tempted to use disc brakes . As the team with the biggest budget, and the philosophy of marginal gain (the advantage of a little if collected to be large), their choice of using a rim brake should not be underestimated or laughed at.
Another successful team, Jumbo-Visma, also insisted on using the rim brake . Their driver, Steven Kruijswijk, finished third in GC. Plus, this team won several other stages. Just like Team Ineos, Jumbo-Visma uses Italian brand bikes. Namely Bianchi.
And this is indeed a “split” in the bicycle world now. American producers are keen to force disc brakes , while European producers (including Italy) are still calm to market the rim brake version . Even if there are European brands that release the disc brake version , it’s because they also sell in America.
That the American producers are forcing the use of disc brakes , also does not mean that the drivers want to obey them. The most interesting example occurred in the EF Education First team, which was sponsored by Cannondale.
This team has the latest Cannondale SuperSix Evo (third generation), which prioritizes the disc brakeversion . But, Cannondale also has a SuperSix Evo rim brake version , but with a lower carbon material. Ironically, the mainstay of their GC, Rigoberto Uran, still choose the rim brake version of the frame !
If it’s like this, what about the cyclist, most of the alias hobbyists on the streets? Until now, the choice is still in their pockets.
Disc brake bikes have been circulating a lot, and indeed offer stronger and consistent brakes. On the other hand, disc brake bikes are definitely heavier, and hobbyists don’t necessarily need disc brakes if they only ride bikes on flat roads!
The difference is only most pronounced during long, steep descent and in bad weather. Well , in a country like Indonesia, many of the pilgrims choose to drive after reaching the top of the incline. Plus, averse to a bike when the weather is rainy! If so, the disc brake becomes wasteful. (azrul ananda)