stuuuuuuu89 said: Is it dumb to want a single speed road bike with disc brakes?
Maybe not. Depends on what you 'need' disc brakes for. All the roadies seem to do fine with v-brakes.
Mostly aesthetics but also for the slippery streets of Seattle.
I'm still trying to find road frames with disc mounts. Any suggestions?
You want disc brakes for aesthetics? Kind of the exact opposite of aesthetically pleasing.
In any case, you wont find road bikes with them. You will find some "cyclocross" bikes with them (they look like a road bike but are used for road and very mild trail/offroad).
Check out the new 2013 Spec Road bikes the roubaix now has a disk version. They are coming!!!
Well, my comment was accurate until yesterday. :P
In seriousness, I really dont get it. I'm definitely a fan of disc brakes on mountain bikes. Having raced DH competitively for a few years I saw the need and the transition from rim brakes was welcome. Not only was the braking power warranted, you needed it for muddy conditions.
Now road bikes, I just dont get. Even at top speeds, flying down hill, I have never felt rim brakes to be lacking.
Anyone who has used disc brakes know that they definitely require "tinkering". As discussed a few pages back, adjusting your caliper even a hairwidth can be the difference between rotor rub and not.
I'm not quite sure what Specialized is thinking saying its the future. Yeah maybe if other brands hop on the train because they dont want to be seen as NOT offering something the competition has. The main reason I think they're off their rocker is - think about professional road bike racers. Are they really going to adapt? And if not, will other people?
Think about wheel swaps mid race. There's no way you can swap in a new wheel and have the rotor on that wheel be perfectly aligned with your caliper without re-adjusting. It just doesnt happen. Maybe if you set up your caliper a little more open, requiring greater pull (but then what benefit in braking does the disc setup get you?). For that reason alone, I dont see this as the future on road bikes.