Was dream shopping again on TREK site today, and noticed that the Madone that I have been drooling over for years is now Disc only. I could see this making sense since its an aero bike designed to go fast and descend like a champ. However then I looked at the Emonda, which is their lightweight climbing bike, and noticed that this too is now basically Disc only, with the exception of the lower priced models which are still available as a rim option.
I was dead set on having a disc bike next, but two of my close friends who have both rim and disc bikes said they really didn’t prefer their disc bikes. The one who loves to KOM descents (he holds over 1,000) and said he doesn’t have a preference between his Madone SLR Disc and his Ridley Noah Fast (rim).
Is the rim brake completely dying? I know people have preferences between one and the other and not looking to start a debate on that, but figure maybe we have some industry insiders here who can shed some light on whether this is the end, or just a temporary trend.