Road bikes are evolving at a rapid pace and one of the most significant recent improvements is the incorporation of disc brakes. Rather than reviewing the commonly discussed benefits of road disc brakes, such as opening the possibility of using wider rims and tires for more grip, a smoother ride, less rolling resistance, fewer flats, and improved safety when rolling over uneven surfaces—this list covers all the essential technical points you need to know.
1. Following the proper disc brake bed-in procedure is WAY MORE IMPORTANT than most people realize.
When disc brake rotors or pads are new, it is critical to follow the proper bed-in procedure. This is a series of controlled stops that scuffs up the surface of the rotor and pad and deposits pad material on the rotor for increased friction. Doing this will result in much more powerful, smoother, and quieter braking. Watch the video below to see how it is done.