2012/04/07

Discs for Roubaix?



Some interesting pictures popped up of what is supposedly the SuperX Disc bike that Liquigas-Cannondale Paris-Roubaix captain Daniel Oss will ride tomorrow... if it's muddy. He can forget neutral support for a wheel if he flats with discs and a 135mm wide rear hub.



At first, I thought riding Mavic's C29ssmax with discs were a serious downgrade from standard roadie rim brakes and fat tubular for Roubaix... but those don't look like the standard clincher C29ssmax wheels, Mavic probably built them with a much lighter tubular rim, perhaps the same rims as Manuel Fumic and Marco Fontana were using during this year's first World Cup... Lighter rims and no clinchers... But SRAM, wouldn't it be the perfect occasion to test the new Red hydraulic disc brakes? BB7 brakes suck!

Now for the racing... Who's your pick? Will the man of the spring, Tom Boonen, win again? If he does, it would equal the current record of 4 Roubaix wins by Mr. Paris-Roubaix, Roger De Vlaeminck. That would also mean Boonen would be the first to do the Flanders-Roubaix double twice! Or will Pippo's form continue to impressively improve and get his most important win ever? Will Chavanel be to Boonen what Vansummeren was to Thor last year? Will Thor finally show himself this year? Or will we see a surprise? Can't wait!

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