Author Topic: Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races  (Read 997 times)

Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:55:41 pm »
Road and circuit races:
http://road.cc/content/news/232239-british-cycling-allow-use-disc-brakes-all-road-and-circuit-races

Seems to be based on the idea that loads of people have them, which is a curious way of thinking.  Maybe they will allow recumbents next if they sell well enough?
I have a disc road bike, and I don't hold much truck with the "slice you up" safety argument, but I'm not sure how well it would work at a crit or something where you need to brake and turn in - especially in the wet there will be a "peloton a deux vitesse".

Re: Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 06:30:40 am »
Manufacturers 1, cyclists and races 0 in my view.

It also only apples to domestic races, not UCI races ( such as the big races in the UK). At present it doesn’t apply to Belgium, The Netherlands , France, Spain etc either.

Morat

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Re: Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 08:56:57 am »
- especially in the wet there will be a "peloton a deux vitesse".

I can't see that situation holding for long if there is a competitive advantage to one system or the other.
Tandem Stoker, CX bike abuser (slicks and tarmac) and owner of a sadly neglected MTB.

Re: Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 01:18:33 pm »
I think it's more a worry about inexperienced riders in the peloton braking suddenly.  Be interesting to see whether 4th cat races get an even worse reputation.

Re: Disc brakes now legal in UK road and circuit races
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 09:37:19 pm »
Manufacturers 1, cyclists and races 0 in my view.

It also only apples to domestic races, not UCI races ( such as the big races in the UK). At present it doesn’t apply to Belgium, The Netherlands , France, Spain etc either.
I think it's more complex than that. Many road bikes are now being sold with discs because discs offer better braking. That's definitely why I bought mine (after a couple of commutes where the quantity of water around meant I had very little braking it was important to me).  Having the events available to me restricted because of that choice was frustrating (though I appreciate self inflicted).

Having the national federations able to make these decisions on an ad-hoc basis is odd IMO. I believe that the US and Canada have allowed them for a year, and France allowed them and then disallowed them again after the UCI foul up. That can't be good for anyone.