Road bike disc brakes - how to choose the best mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes for your road bike

Road bike disc brakes
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Road bike disc brakes are now the norm on almost all new builds, save for single-speed bikes where rim brakes are still usually fitted, retro models where rim brakes match the period and look better, and many of the best budget road bikes where rim brakes are a cheaper option and hence keep the cost down. 

There's no denying that the best disc brakes improve absolute stopping power, brake modulation and control regardless of weather conditions. As a result, for the majority of road bikes, disc brakes have taken over and many of the best road bikes launched in the last few years are available with disc brakes only. 

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.