The S-Works Tarmac SL6, our 2017 Bike
of the Year is now available with disc brakes, and Barry has
been checking it out in some of the best proving grounds for
effective braking - the twisty roads of the French Pyrenees.
I think by now we're all pretty much convinced of the advantages
of modern, lightweight, hydraulic disc brakes in the majority of
conditions. They're not the default choice for everyone -
particularly if you're building an ultralight climbing machine -
but on most bikes, most of the time, what you're getting is smooth
modulation, superb stopping power, lighter rims and awesome wet
The main downside, for road bikes, is a slight weight penalty...
However, there's a widely held belief that, for non-PROs at least,
in hilly territory the increased braking confidence on descents
will most likely outweigh any extra weight on the climbs.
Barry will be examining those advantages in more detail in a
follow-up article, coming soon, but meanwhile, back to the SL6 Disc
and some classic climbs:
photos by Barry Scott