you sound like a marketing man's dream customer.I can't wait for hydraulic road discs. I went through straddle wire brakes then V brakes to discs over 20 years of mountain biking and I love my original Hope minis, they are superbly efficient, easy to service and elegantly minimal. As soon as a reasonably priced road disc hits the shops it's going on my CX and those awful cable BB7 discs are going on Ebay. By that time I expect there will be plenty of disc-specific road frames on the market so my current rim-braked Roubaix will be going on Ebay as well.
Rim brakes are the last remaining piece of outdated technology that blights road bikes, along with Brooks saddles.
OMG! What a gorgeous bike! Please post a bigger picture! I loved my Kona Explosif and then my Hei Hei - what model is that beauty?I already have a bike similar to that (well not really that similar ) , though a lot less cheaper
Normal cable pull disc brakes though, not Hydraulic.
Better not Delzeqq see this thread, he will have a coronary
No, once set up they are good for a long life; all you need to do is push back the pistons when you fit new pads. If you open the hydraulic tube to shorten it you might need to bleed them but if you're careful you can do it in a way, which avoids the need.I suppose hydraulic discs might be good although you have to bleed them? Agree with the OP that cable discs are terrible, i had an Avid BB5 and it was a nightmare to get to work right without rubbing.
Rim brakes have plenty of power - it is easy to lock a wheel using just a couple of fingers on the brake levers, but I agree about rim and brake block wear, especially in the winter.I don't understand why road bikes don't have discs anyway. So much more power, easier to maintain and no rim wear.