This week the UCI approved the use of disc brakes in trials this summer, more testing in 2016, and if the experience is satisfactory, they’ll get officially introduced during the 2017 UCI World Tour. Between the Mark and me, it’s an ongoing debate on their value and he discussed brakes at length in his Issue 23 Paris-Roubaix article. Well he’s anti-disc brake for the Pro peloton and I disagree, we both advocate large volume tires for road bakes.
The greatest benefit that disc brake bikes might bring to the race is to give the pro riders access to production frames and forks which can accommodate tires larger than 27-28mm since that is about all the clearance that can be had on a production frameset built around the ubiquitous short-reach brake caliper.
Expect to see more disc-brake marketing from the industry this summer and see our reviews of disc bikes in past issues.
- New Tarmac
- Scott Solace
- Another Adventure on a Grade
- Are Disc Brakes the Cure for What Ails You?
- SRAM Hydro: Tested, Approved, Recommended
Also see the disc tag on our blog.