Disc Reviews and News


How To: Maintain road bike disc brakes

Disc brakes are gaining increasing traction in the road bike world. But chances are at least some of you have little or no experience with their operation or maintenance. Here’s a rundown of some of the things you should — and shouldn’t — do to keep them working properly.

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Is the Tour De France ready for disc brakes?

It’s been several years since disc brakes emerged as a viable way to slow down road bikes. But the pro peloton continues to resist the new technology. Are their fears legitimate?

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2016 Scott Addict Gravel Disc first look

The Scott Addict is headed off road, as the Swiss-based bike maker makes its initial foray into the increasingly popular gravel bike segment.

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Update: Cannondale Slate road bike with 30mm Lefty Oliver suspension fork

Cannondale bringing suspension to drop-bar bikes this fall — 650b wheels, 42mm tires, and disc brakes highlight new go-anywhere rig.

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Mavic launches new disc wheel, carbon wheel, and more

Famed French company trying to change perceptions with slew of new product geared toward riding the road less traveled.

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Shimano unveils flat mount road hydro disc brake caliper

Lower profile caliper is designed to improve aerodynamics. Also announced are a new 10-speed Tiagra road group and the budget-priced WH-RX010 road disc brake wheel set.

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Salsa launches redesigned Warbird gravel race bikes

New bike comes in one composite and two alloy models and features specially shaped seatstays that have a tall, thin, vertically oriented profile to promote vertical compliance by allowing them to “flex” outwards on impacts.

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Wind Tunnel Test: Disc brakes versus rim brakes

Can the new road bike braking standard cheat the wind as well a bike with traditional rim brakes? Watch this video to find out more.

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Review: SRAM Force CX1 drivetrain with HydroR disc brakes

SRAM’s cyclocross-specific groupset and road hydraulic disc brakes are put to the test. Find out if they delivered top-tier race day performance or fell off the back.

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Review: Specialized Roval Rapide CLX 40 Disc Tubulars

Race ready disc-compatible carbon tubular wheels from Specialized deliver top flight performance and durability.

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Bike Check: Rodeo Adventure Labs Trail Donkey 1.0

Not everyone fits into cycling’s traditional niches. Sometimes you need a bike design for the riding on — and off — the beaten path.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Trek Boone 9 Disc Review

Versatile bike with exceptional compliant ride and top-end parts that can do double duty as ‘cross race and adventure roadster.

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Analysis: Do disc brakes belong in the pro peloton?

There are strong arguments — and advocates — on both sides of this debate. But one thing seems clear, disc brakes are coming to top level racing whether people like it or not.

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First Look and Ride: 2015 Giant Defy endurance bike

Giant has unveiled its fully revamped Defy endurance road bike line. The big story: disc brakes and a bump-absorbing integrated seatpost.

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News: Shimano unveils new mounting standard for road disc brakes

Results in a cleaner, integrated construction with the frame, more direct connection to the frame and better alignment.

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News: More details on SRAM’s new hydraulic road brakes

SRAM’s new hydraulic rim and disc road brakes will come in four groups. Check out their new video to learn more.

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First Look: New Specialized Tarmac and Tarmac Disc

The Big Red S has revamped its popular race bike platform, employing size specific carbon lay-up and adding a disc-brake model.

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News: Trek unveils Domane Disc endurance road bike

New rig comes in 4.0 and 6.9 iterations, has post mount disc brakes, and thru-axles front (15mm) and rear (12×142).

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Sea Otter Video: Fezzari Bicycles Road Disc Bike 2014

Fezzari Bicycles Marketing Manager Tyler Cloward offers up a Sea Otter sneak peek at their new road disc bike offering.

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News: Timeline for replacement SRAM hydro brakes remains uncertain

SRAM says production of new model year 2015 brakes will commence in late April, and that consumers waiting for recall replacements will be first in line when those new brakes are ready to ship. However, he did not say when that might be.

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Sea Otter: First look at Fezzari’s disc-equipped road bike

Utah-based direct-to-consumer bike seller Fezzari will plunge wheels first into the road disc arena in mid-summer 2014, releasing a disc-equipped full carbon tarmac tamer with thru-axles front and rear.

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First Look: Shimano launches hydraulic road, cross brakes for non-electric group

Shimano has announced the release of their first hydraulic road and cross disc brake system for use with mechanical shifters, the ST-RS685 levers and BR-RS785 calipers.

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All City Stays Committed to Cantis for 2014 and 2015 ’Cross Bikes

The company remains committed to cantilever brakes for the foreseeable future with the old favorites and some new versions including the Macho King, Macho Man and Nature Boy.

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TRP Brakes unveils improved Spyre mechanical disc brake, new Spyke fat bike brake, and a gravel favorite

What has changed with the Spyre dual piston mechanical disc brake since the voluntary recall in December? Find out here.

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