Performance benefits of disc brakes

Disc brakes use rotors instead of the rim of the wheel to brake.
They also use non-compressible fluid and hose to operate as opposed to the cables used by conventional rim braking systems.
But mechanical differences aside, the performance benefits of disc brakes on road bikes are what’s got everyone talking.

More stopping power

With disc brakes, you’ll enjoy much sharper braking with more
power while not having to put as much force on the brake lever.
The stopping power is also customisable, depending on your
disc size. Bigger discs will provide more stopping power while
smaller ones will save weight, still giving you more
braking force than rim brakes.

More control

You have more control over
how much the brakes clamp
down when you pull the brake lever.
This gives you more room to meter
out the braking force without locking
the wheel up as easily as on rim brake bikes.

Performance, come rain or shine

Disc brakes will provide consistent stopping
power in a variety of weather conditions, from
warm and sunny to rainy and gritty. The 
difference is especially stark when compared
to carbon rim brakes, which often slip in wet
weather and heat up in dry weather.
You won’t have these struggles with disc brakes.

Low maintenance

You won’t need to replace your disc
brakes as much as conventional rim
brake pads and callipers. All you’ll need
to do is give them an annual bleed with
new brake fluid to keep them running well.
Of course, the way you ride might mean
you’ll have to get new discs sooner
than other riders.

Drawbacks of disc brakes

While disc brakes have a lot going for them, it would be disingenuous of us not to have a look
at some of the drawbacks of disc brakes with the current technology.

Compatible setup required

To enjoy the performance benefits of
disc brakes on the road, you’re going
to need a disc compatible frame and
fork as well as a six bolt centre lock.

Brand compatibility

While rim brakes enable you to easily
mix and match brands, disc brake setups
are not as open. You’ll have to stick to
the same brand for your hydraulic disc
brake callipers as the one you have for
your levers, for instance.

Heavier than rim brake system

As it stands at the moment, disc brake
setups are slightly heavier than rim brake
ones of the same class. This may change
in the future as manufacturers invest more
in lightweight road disc brake solutions.

Complicated to repair

While rim brake parts are widely available
and easy to repair, disc brakes are more
select and although they don’t wear or break
as easily, when they do you’ll most likely need
professional assistance to repair them.
But we’ve got your back when it comes to repairs.

Whether you’re riding with disc or rim brakes, a custom fitting will help you ride more often, have more fun and perform better.