The debate over discs for cross has long covered the fact that the pros in Europe didn’t want them – well whether he wanted them or not, Sven Nys is making the switch. Shimano recently posted these photos of Nys’ new Colnago Prestige disc being built up for this weekend’s race. Nys will be running Shimano’s new R785 Di2/hydraulic disc brakes with (we’re assuming) a Dura Ace drivetrain.
The wheels that are shown though, we’re not quite sure what they are. Check them out after the break.
The mineral oil based system bleeds in a similar way to their mountain bike brake, while Ice Tech finned radiator pads and the SM RT99 Freeza rotor help keep the heat in check.
Check out that bleed syringe. I want one.
As far as we know Shimano doesn’t have a cyclocross carbon tubular with disc hubs and what appears to be a lack of brake track. Just a one off wheel for Nys or prototype for something in the future?
After this cross season Nys will be saying adieu to Colnago as he heads towards racing for Trek in 2014. We’re not sure what he will be riding when he gets there, but it looks like whatever it is will be disc equipped…