Most Intriguing New Gear Type
Road Hydraulic Disc Brakes
This one has been in the works for a long time. Hydraulic disc brakes are much, much more effective at controlling a bike (mountain or road) than rim brakes and the engineers at SRAM and Shimano have both figured out ways to get around the overheating challenges that come with using hydraulically-driven disc calipers on road bikes. SRAM showed its first models earlier this year and now Shimano has released its version. To go along with the components, practically every road bike manufacturer will have a road frame or frames that are compatible with disc brakes in 2014 and so will many wheel makers. Triathlon bikes still aren’t available with hydraulic brakes, but that may come eventually as well. The functional upgrade of these brake systems is no small change. Look for their popularity to mushroom in 2015 and beyond as cheaper brake systems become available.