Gravel bikes come with disc brakes – I am sure I never had a choice on this one with Cinelli. I’ll admit, I was hesitant about them, if not a little petrified. Firstly, there aren’t many things I detest in this world, but screeching brake pads are right up there. I’ve heard many disc brakes either screaming bloody murder on descents, or possibly worse, ting-tinging rhythmically on the flats. So far my pads only touch the rotors when I’m standing on the pedals, so my sanity is intact for the moment.
I was never really sold on the braking power argument of these things because my rim brakes are just fine, except when it’s wet of course. Well, I gotta say that I’m liking the power and modulation of the Ekar brakes. There is really no comparison between these and the brakes I have for the Colnago. I can easily just use my index finger for braking on descents.
Am I sold? No, especially not for a road bike. There’s just too much technology and things that can go wrong for my liking, not to mention they are heavy and ugly. For off-road use I’ll bet they really come into their own, though.
I’m sure I’ll come around in the end, if only because I probably won’t be able to buy a road bike with rim brakes soon anyway.