A recent wet descent got me thinking about brakes and, specifically, braking power as referred to in almost every road bike review ever written.
Surely, braking power goes on a scale from 0 to 'locked'. Whereby, as long as the combination of your hands, levers, cables, calipers and pads are able to lock the wheel, you will receive no braking benefit by upgrading any of your components?
Please somebody correct me if I am missing something here though.
I run SRAM Apex and locking the brakes is easy, as is modulation up to the point of 'locked'. So what is the point of Rival/Force/Red except possible weight savings?? Same goes for all groupsets I guess.
Obviously disc brakes are another thing entirely - on said descent my mate on his disc-equipped bike disappeared into the valley pretty sharpish!