Disc brakes vs rim brakes: Understanding the differences

Disc vs Rim brake
Disc vs Rim brake (Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Ineos Grenadiers recently became the final WorldTour team to adopt disc brake technology on their bikes. This marks the end of an era for rim brakes, which had dominated the cycling industry for decades, and comes despite the fact that when disc brakes were first released on road bikes not too long ago, they were met with more than a few scoffs, doubts, and mumbles of disapproval.

But over the past few years, disc brakes have become increasingly popular both in the WorldTour peloton and the cycling industry as a whole. Hybrids, mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, time trial bikes, and road bikes are now outfitted with disc brakes; yet there is still a significant number of cyclists who prefer rim brakes.

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