Disc Reviews and News


Are disc brakes faster than rim brakes?


In the last few years, we’ve heard lots of talk about the advantages of disc brakes on road bikes. Better modulation, safer in the wet, and so on. But will they make you any faster?

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New Trek Émonda even lighter than before


Trek has released a new generation of its ultralight Émonda road bike line, shaving 50 grams from the previous SLR models. The new Émonda SLR frame slims down to a svelte 640 grams — and also now comes in a disc version.

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Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc review


If you’re on a budget, but looking for a performance road bike with all the latest frills, the Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc may well have your name written all over it.

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OPEN U.P. go-anywhere bike review


If there ever was a true quiver killer this just might be it. The OPEN U.P. dares you to seek new less traveled routes, delivering on the promise of its name to broaden your riding horizons.

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Marcel Kittel’s Specialized Venge ViAS Disc


Marcel Kittel was among the first pro cyclists to win a road race on a disc brake equipped bike, grabbing glory at the Dubai Tour. Here’s closer look at his Specialized Venge ViAS Disc.

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Canyon adds road disc models, readies for U.S. launch


Canyon is taking the full plunge into road disc, announcing the expansion of the entire Canyon road range. That means new Aeroad CF SLX, Ultimate CF SLX, Ultimate CF SL, Endurace CF SLX, and Endurace CF SL Disc models.

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Pinarello GAN GR and GR-S gravel bikes


Highlights from Pinarello’s lastest model line-up include two new gravel bikes, both with disc brakes and one with rear suspension.

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Blue Bicycles model highlights for 2017 – aero road, cross, gravel, tri and more


Blue Competition Bicycles is now simply Blue Bicycles and they are under new ownership. They are heavily committed for 2017 with several new models including a full carbon gravel bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 for just $2,699.

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Cannondale’s new 2017 SuperX Team – cyclocrosser with disc brakes


New features borrowed from mountain bikes help improve this purebred cross racer. The 2017 SuperX is designed for stability and traction and is available in 5 different models.

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Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc – disc brake road bikes are here


Whether you’re ready to throw down your hard earned cash for a disc brake equipped road bike or not, they are here big time for 2017. The new SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc from Cannondale joins the party.

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 road groupset makes debut


Dura-Ace disc brakes, Synchro shifting, power meter, new wheels, pedals and much more coming out from the component manufacturing giant.

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Scott adds disc brakes to Addict race bike


Its pair of WorldTour pro teams may not be able to use them, but Scott has added disc brake options to its popular Addict race bike. For model year 2017, the Swiss bike maker will offer three disc brake-equipped options.

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Giant adds disc brakes to TCR road bike lineup


The pro peloton may not be ready for disc brakes, but that’s not stopping the world’s largest bike maker from pushing on with the technology. Giant has rolled out a disc brake version of its popular TCR race bike, along with a new budget priced alloy every-rider bike.

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GT upgrades the Grade – “EnduRoad” bikes in carbon and alloy versions


GT’s EnduRoad lines gets expanded for the 2017 model year with two new carbon versions including an affordable version with Shimano Tiagra and disc brakes for under $2k.

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NAHBS 2016: Soulcraft Treehorn – road PLUS adventure bike


Sean Walling crafted a bike around WTB’s new 650x47c road Plus tires. Why so wide? Why not!

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Hit List: This week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel


Specialized’s Tarmac Di2 Disc road, Michelin 28c Endurance tires, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate II shoes, and the Suunto Ambit GPS watch are among our picks for this week’s best road bikes, components, gear and apparel.

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ENVE launches disc specific tubular cyclocross wheelset


ENVE has a new top-of-the-line weapon for the cyclocross crowd. The Utah maker of all things carbon has made race-ready ’cross wheels before, but the ENVE CX takes it a step further and is available as a disc-specific tubular only set-up.

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Do disc brakes stop you faster than rim brakes?


Some riders absolutely love disc brakes. Others loathe them as unnecessary and even dangerous. But which are really better when it matters most. Check out this video to find out.

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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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