Road Hydraulic Discs – When?

Having a number of high-end shops around here in NorCal, I’ve handled Shimano’s Di2 levers a number of times now (and tried them out in a ride-on demo at the NAHBS a few months back). Definitely my favorite lever feel of anything out there currently.

When I see and feel those levers, though, all I can think is that we are one step closer to a viable, top-end road hydraulic disc option. Looking at the 2011 XTR hydro levers, just drives this home for me:

After all, factor out the bar clamp and lever arm and you’ve got very, very little material left on these. And, assuming that the full extension of the hydraulic chamber there could be shortened a bit for a road application, seems like that could pretty easily be shoe-horned into the existing Di2 levers without much modification. Given how svelte the new XTR disc calipers are as well – and, again, factoring in the smaller size needed for a small-rotor road model – this doesn’t seem all that crazy, does it?

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via mountain.bike198.com.

Conversation I’d Like to Hear…

Here we have David Zabriskie talking with Juliet Macur or the NY Times. Macur has been following the Armstrong/Landis/Doping well and seems to have a good handle on the American Euro-Pro crew and scene. Given that Zabriskie is one of the guys connected to the Landis Affair, I’d love to know if some further revelations are set to be publicized after the Tour. Perhaps in advance of grand jury testimony from some of the big names?…

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via Cyclingnews.com.