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Not yet, and maybe not ever. The last time I really needed hydraulic and/or disc was Ride the Rockies, and I'm not going to do that again real soon. Other than that, even here in the Rockies Front Range, mechanical calipers do fine. Let's not forget, there is a weight penalty for disk, plus from what I'm reading, you need a frame that will accept disk brakes...more $$$. And hydraulic, disk or rim, isn't going to be cheap. I've also seen pictures of the SRAM hydraulic levers, and they are not very ergo at all, at all. There's also maintenance/reliability issues that I don't think anyone's really thought through. So I'm definitely going to wait...
 

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I think it's great that the hydraulic systems are finally arriving. It will be a few years before the prices drop but eventually most new bikes will come with discs because that is what buyers will want.

Discs aren't for everyone and I don't care whether anyone else likes them or not. I have mechanicals on my new bike and love 'em and I haven't even ridden in the rain yet.

I'm more interested in the new TRP Spyre dual-piston mechanical calipers that are coming out this summer. They estimate 20% more braking power with less weight (than BB7s) at about $80 (retail) a wheel. When I can get them for around 50 bucks I'll probably upgrade.

The whole debate makes me chuckle. I'm actually surprised at the number of cyclists that don't want disc brakes.

I'm old enough that my first cars didn't have discs and it was obvious how much better the disc brakes worked once you tried them. Even back then there were guys that resisted the new technology.
My fifth motorcycle was a Honda CB-450 in '72 and that hydraulic front disc was absolutely amazing for its' power and control. Again, some guys stuck with their drum brakes and talked them up to be superior.

Obviously, cars and motos don't need to be as light as humanly possible so the analogy isn't perfect. But regular rim brakes will still be available for those who want them.
 

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At some point, no one will have a choice. Try to buy a mountain bike without discs.
 
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