What are the virtues of disc brakes?
So British Cycling's latest email gives 20 top tips for commuting and one of them is:
Get disc brakes – “If your commute includes lots of cars discs will stop you in no time whatever the weather.”
I have noticed that a lot of new designs are making a big show of disc brakes and saying they are the next big thing (along with electronic shifting.) However, I have never had a bike with disc brakes. The last mountain bike I had cost £150 from Halfords in 2005 and is now long gone.
What are the actual virtues of disc brakes? Are they heavy? Easy to clean or maintain? Do they wear out? They still um 'clamp' on the disc but is there more torque/stopping power as it is closer to the hub? Can they be damaged/bent easily as they are sticking out? To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question.