Shimano Unveils New "Flat Mount" Disc Brake
Shimano unveiled it’s plans today, to revamp the configuration of disc brakes on road bikes, with an all new "standard".
The Japanese component maker, announced it’s new standard in disc brakes – called "Flat Mount". According to Shimano, the new system was developed in conjunction with a number of leading road bike brands – to create a new, dedicated road-specific disc brake mounting system.
Shimano claims, that the benefits of the Flat Mount set-up over the current 74mm post/direct mount and 51mm ISO mounting standards, results in a "cleaner and more integrated design", with no visible mounting bolts, to include a direct interface with the frame and fork for better alignment, along with improved access to the rear brake caliper in cases where the brakes are tucked between the seat- and chainstays.
Additionally, Shimano states that the system is backwards compatible with post-mount brake calipers with an adapter.
There’s no word as to the companies Shimano has been collaborating with, but an educated guess would suggest several of the big name companies.
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