Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes: WHITE(!) Volagi Di2 Edition

Volagi

Yowza – two of BB’s favorite obsessions, wrapped into big tasty package! Bike Rumor has some shots of this white Volagi, built up with Ultegra Di2 and a white TRP Parabox (more links to the Parabox to come, btw) with hydraulic discs. Can’t wait to see the ride reports on these Volagis (built with hydro discs and the Parabox) to start popping up – clearly there are a number of them out there being tested.

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via Bike Rumor.

White Bikes: Torelli Edition

Poor Torelli seems to be pretty much completely ignored by most everyone in the cycling world. This is sad because they have quietly put out a couple of damn fine carbon framesets, complete with all the requisite tech-o stuff: tapered steerer/headtube, BB30, integrated seat mast. Granted, these are likely the same basic frames being sold under the Ritte label (and featured here on BB a while back), or any other number of brands. However, Torelli has always done the simple, high quality finishes just right. And, this one is no exception:

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via Torelli.

Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes: Focus Edition

So, I’m not really trying to make BB into a “hydraulic disc brakes on road bikes” advocacy blog….but this still seems to me like one of these “so obvious that nobody sees it coming” kind of shifts and moments. Above we see selected shots from the Focus 2011 MTB introduction, all of which illustrate the brilliance of hydro discs on modern road bikes. Hell, you could pretty much run the brake lines through the bars, into the stem and down to the calipers, all internally. And you wouldn’t really need to care about access because, at least for non-pro riders, hydraulic lines get set one time and pretty much don’t need to be touched for years.

Yes, I know you need a more reinforced/rigid fork to handle the braking torque of the disc system…but, jeez, everyone is switching to tapered steerer columns and it’s hard to imagine that the Fisher/Trek widened flange system won’t become an industry standard. Every road manufacturer in carbon is shifting toward an “everyday aero” model as well (like the S range from Cervelo), so a deeper fork blade (maybe with a little “door” of sorts to enclose the caliper) isn’t much of an issue.

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all via Cyclingnews.com.