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Cyclocross Magazine: Stu Thorne Talks Back About Disc Brakes

April 10, 2012

Cyclocross Magazine: Stu Thorne Talks Back About Disc Brakes

With the huge response we got to our most recent Mechanical Monday topic of disc brakes, we had to reach out to the man who has helped to start the revolution. Stu Thorne, the owner of CyclocrossWorld.com, chatted with me for a bit about his thoughts on disc brakes. Last season, Thorne put his Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com rider Tim Johnson on them for a few races, and Johnson was favorably impressed. For more on Johnson’s disc brake views though, you’ll have to wait for our feature story on him in the next print issue. (Can’t wait? Check out Tim Johnson with his Cannondale SuperX)

Thorne is obviously a staunch advocate of disc brakes, and his riders have been the first to embrace the trend. That said, the first thing he told me was that he understands where some of the mechanics were coming from in their hesitation to push discs on cyclocross bikes. “I’ll be straight about it. I think it can be expensive but I don’t think it’s as big a deal as people are led to believe. Mechanical disc brakes don’t cost much money. The wheel issue … yes, I agree with one of the people you interviewed who said a rider might already have an arsenal of wheels and now he or she is going to have to start to think about switching things over, which can be expensive. And I do totally agree with the one comment about how if you’re just getting into the sport and buying a bike, you should certainly look at disc brakes.”

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