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? The gang from the Global Cycling Network decided to take a closer look at this debate.
To ensure that results were as accurate as possible, the frames are the same (Orbea Orca), the tires are the same (Continental GP4000s II), and the riding position is the same. Testing was conducted in the wet and dry over the span of four descents of the Passo Pordoi in Alta Badia, Italy. Analysis was done based on GPS data from a Wahoo ELEMNT head unit, powermeter data, heart rate measurements, and an accelerometer. Press play to see what they found out.
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