Pull the brakes and there's some serious stopping power
available with these new disc brakes. They feel full of authority
and firm. It's not a case of an on/off feeling either, the lever is
progressive and the power builds up smoothly, with no vagueness or
sloppiness in the system. It's easy to apply as little, or as much,
power as you need to match any situation.
And fear not, you're not going to be locking your wheels all
over the place, that simply isn't the case. Just like you do when
you drive a new car for the first time, your brain adjusts and
adapts to the braking force available and you modulate the
available braking power. In hundreds of miles of riding, I never
once locked a wheel, and that included some panic braking
In the dry, the brakes are silent during use and oh-so-powerful.
The advantage of discs over well set up rim brakes in the dry might
be a narrower margin than the clear advantage that discs offer in
the wet, but even in the dry, the Dura-Ace discs inspired way more
I rode some fast and fun descents in France during the Haute
Route Ventoux event, and on more than one occasion I was glad to be
riding the new Dura-Ace disc brakes. While my ride companions, all
on rim brakes with carbon wheels, were braking well in advance of
each corner, and accompanied by horrible screeching sounds and
emitting a horrible burning stench, the disc brakes were solidly
dependable. I was able to brake later and with more control, and
there was no noise or smell either. No fuss or drama, just solidly
dependable braking every single time.
It certainly boosts your confidence riding unfamiliar roads in a
fast moving peloton I can tell you!