Drewy posted:winkyincanada posted:Bruce Woodhouse posted:
My first proper bike was a s/h Colnago with Campag and I've continued to ride only that ever since on all my road frames. I swap wheels around between bikes so having different systems would be a pain, ditto having discs on one bike and not the others.
The Ritchey wheels in the photo have a black anodized coating to the braking surface which makes wet weather braking quite a lot better than usual, especially with the right pads. Dry weather stopping is really sensational. It is wearing through in places though so not a perfect solution.
Those hardened, textured rims are indeed just fabulous in terms of braking. Durable, too - but as you say, not perfect. They certainly close the gap to discs in my view. With direct-mount, hydraulic calipers, they would likely match discs in power and modulation. I have a Mavic Exalith set which were awesome, and am currently using a Campagnolo set (can't recall their marketing name for the treatment) which were slightly less awesome and are wearing a bit more quickly. An added bonus of the hardened rims is that the super-hard brake pads last forever!
I have Mavic wheels with the Exalith surfaces. They’re very good and I like the noise. I’m not keen on disks on a road bike. The Dura Ace calipers are superb and better than the cable operated disk brakes on my winter bike.
I agree. While I'm not in the market for a new road bike to replace my Colnago C59; If I was, I would likely not seriously consider discs. Although modern rim brakes are superb, they all give up a bit in the wet (and with Exaliths much less-so), and they don't accommodate larger tyres. This bike is for a different purpose.