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An average of 180 brake applications

To put this into  Ceramic Brake Pad perspective, data acquisition equipment revealed that an hour-long loop on SRAM’s local Colorado Springs trails netted an average of 180 brake applications (cycles).

The hydraulic line has three layers, with a woven center material that increases the stiffness of the hose for better response.

That seems counterintuitive. Three of the four winners rode discs, with U23 men’s champion Michael Vanthourenhout being the only holdout. But the majority of starters still raced on cantilevers.

Riders who use discs will readily tell you that they’re a superior technology.

“With discs, you can hit a treacherous descent at just the right speed so you hit the rut exactly right and let it carry you around,” says Rapha-Focus’s Jeremy Powers.

With cantis, it’s more of a crapshoot. So discs may not result in faster lap times, but their more reliable control helps eliminate mistakes and produce more consistent lap times.

Shimano’s words: “The caliper fasteners are sexier.”

The levers have split clamps, so they can be installed and removed without pulling grips.

The recent World Cyclocross Championships may not look like a major turning point in many respects.

The race was held in a safely traditionalist bastion of ‘cross (Tábor, Czech Republic) and the winners were reliably from old-guard ‘cross nations (excepting the Junior Men’s victor, Simon Andreassen of Denmark).

But viewed another way, the race may mark a major shift: the last World Championships that saw the majority of competitors race on traditional rim brakes.

The brake levers are short, and have a pivot placed to prevent finger tug if you like to place them close to the bar.

The Trail brake has a 14mm-wide lever; the Race Brake Pad Manufacturer lever is 13mm.

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