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Has anyone used semi hydraulic brakes on a road bike?

Sleeper ServiceSleeper Service Posts: 126
edited January 2016 in Road buying advice
The reason I ask is that I have mild arthritis in my hands as a result of some old rugby injuries. As such, my days of using drop handlebar bikes have come to an end as I can't get enough power into the brakes, and find Shimano shifters uncomfortable.

However, I recently came across this:

This bike has one chainring and an SRAM ultra wide range cassette, along with semi-hydraulic brakes, which might take those issues away. The question is then: do hydraulic brakes, including semis, require significantly less pressure to activate, or am I still looking at flat bars for the rest of my cycling days?
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