This month I want to tell you these innovations that have reached the road bicycles to stay, making the enjoyment of the bicycle easier, fun and safe. Something that is becoming very evident is the implementation of hydraulic brakes on road bikes. A better braking performance in any weather conditions means that we can stop the bicycle more safely and in less meters. The handicap of weight and price increase is being minimized year after year. In 2021 the Shimano Ultegra group with disc and 11 pinions weighs practically the same as an Ultegra group with traditional brake and 10 pinions from only 5 years ago. As for the price, each time it is adjusting more, incorporating the disk system to more basic groups. This 2021, Shimano has already joined the group 105.
Another tendency, consequence of the implantation of the disc, is the increase of profile in the tires and the rigidity in the fork and frame. The tires go from 23 to 27, even to 28 in certain conditions. This provides greater grip in braking and lying in curves, in dry or wet conditions. Currently, the 700 x 25 tire can be considered as a standard measure. The more rigid fork, the construction of carbon frames reinforced in the direction and axis of the bottom bracket and more refined in the rest of the structure, helps to better support the new features of the bicycle.
The aero forms are also being implemented, not only on the time trial and triathlon bikes. The more and more extensive gears ratio, with cassettes of 11-28 or 11-32, are usually already mounted as first option. This makes it easier for all of us to reach any peak without needing to have the legs of a professional cyclist. All this is creating a growing demand for bicycles with more rigid and aerodynamic carbon frames, with disc brakes and 700×25 tires.
Example of these trends is the incorporation of Carbon Disc models that this year EMBAT CICLOS has incorporated and extended to its range of rental bicycles for 2021. We invite you to know and try them in Mallorca !!