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uci suspends disc brakes for road racing

Old 04-13-16, 03:04 PM
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uci suspends disc brakes for road racing

UCI to suspend the use of disc brakes in professional racing - Cycling Weekly
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**** the UCI.
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**** the UCI.
Please discuss.
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This one is already destroying my wheels thread.
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And after all the drama in that one thread last summer. I called it. Some of you people have words to eat, you know who you are. Don't worry, I won't ask for an apology for all the insults I got
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the fear mongerers are winning!
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Okay ... seems fine to me. Disc brakes failed their first test.

Obviously some sort of edge guard is required for riders in tight pelotons, where mass crashes can be expected every other or every third race.

I'd have to say, the move to disc brakes id driven by manufacturers looking to sell a new technology to justify the call for riders to upgrade. As Ventoso notes, rim brakes aren't insufficient ... and discs, which make a lot of sense off-road or in cyclocross where mud and water are to be expected, really make no sense on road bikes, where tire traction is the limit in wet weather.

I rode for 15 years in Florida, where there are frequent rainstorms in the spring and fall, and sometimes daily rains during early summer. Rim brakes never let me down. Yes, I had to apply them early and pump[ them once or twice to clean the rim ... but I cannot sday I had a single accident because or rim brakes in the rain, and I usually rode in rush-hour traffic where the occasional panic-stop mean the difference between a free shot of adrenaline and a disaster.

Nothing too controversial here ... the test yeilded results. Now the engineers go back the their desks and dream up the next iteration.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
And after all the drama in that one thread last summer. I called it. Some of you people have words to eat, you know who you are. Don't worry, I won't ask for an apology for all the insults I got
I agree.

Discs on road bikes makes sense for many, but simply allowing their use for road racing was an accident waiting to happen. It's an idea that wasn't ready for prime time. Discs could work, but they need to work out the safety, and compatibility issues.
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And yet they do nothing about motorbikes (with disk brakes too) even after someone dies and there was yet another motorbike crashing into a Sky rider at Paris-Roubaix.
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Should I ask my local club to ban them too? We ride in a big bunch, 50+ riders on occasion, often at 30+ mph.
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Please discuss.
I just did!
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Confirms that the lack of leaders. There should have been a contingency plan this?
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I feel that discs on road bikes were a solution looking for a problem. I avoided them when I purchased my bike because I couldn't envision a situation, other than being caught out in a storm, where I would need them.
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Originally Posted by Darth Steele View Post
Confirms that the lack of leaders. There should have been a contingency plan this?
Isn't the contingency that the guys riding discs just ride non discs now?
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Originally Posted by Darth Steele View Post
Confirms that the lack of leaders. There should have been a contingency plan this?
Suspending their use for the time being, is a contingency plan.

the UCI didn't hand down a lifetime ban.
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I feel that discs on road bikes were a solution looking for a problem. I avoided them when I purchased my bike because I couldn't envision a situation, other than being caught out in a storm, where I would need them.
How about descending at 40+ mph on carbon wheels? Discs brakes are easy to modulate and control speed and easy to stop fast. Carbon wheels with calipers are nearly impossible to stop immediately and if you try to ride the brakes at all to control your speed you are in danger of heating rim and causing failure or tube blow out (if you have tubes)
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Suspending their use for the time being, is a contingency plan.

the UCI didn't hand down a lifetime ban.
Waiting for the B sample?
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
How about descending at 40+ mph on carbon wheels? Discs brakes are easy to modulate and control speed and easy to stop fast. Carbon wheels with calipers are nearly impossible to stop immediately and if you try to ride the brakes at all to control your speed you are in danger of heating rim and causing failure or tube blow out (if you have tubes)
how often was that an issue in professional road racing? I'm not dismissing your point, but how often did that situation happen in UCI races?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
how often was that an issue in professional road racing? I'm not dismissing your point, but how often did that situation happen in UCI races?
I think the point was made more in reference to us mere mortals who don't have Peter Sagan-like bike handling skills and unlimited access to top end carbon equipment. For the average joe, descending with disc brakes undoubtedly makes life a little less hair-raising.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
How about descending at 40+ mph on carbon wheels? Discs brakes are easy to modulate and control speed and easy to stop fast. Carbon wheels with calipers are nearly impossible to stop immediately and if you try to ride the brakes at all to control your speed you are in danger of heating rim and causing failure or tube blow out (if you have tubes)
You are assuming that carbon rims are important - they're not!
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Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
I think the point was made more in reference to us mere mortals who don't have Peter Sagan-like bike handling skills and unlimited access to top end carbon equipment. For the average joe, descending with disc brakes undoubtedly makes life a little less hair-raising.
Right, but the average Joe isn't racing UCI events.

If you want them, buy them. What's the problem?
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Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
I think the point was made more in reference to us mere mortals who don't have Peter Sagan-like bike handling skills and unlimited access to top end carbon equipment. For the average joe, descending with disc brakes undoubtedly makes life a little less hair-raising.
I thought the point was that perhaps the UCI should consider banning carbon rimmed wheels too?
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Waiting for the B sample?
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Okay ... seems fine to me. Disc brakes failed their first test.
Obviously some sort of edge guard is required for riders in tight pelotons, where mass crashes can be expected every other or every third race. ....
Maybe a softer (plastic or silicone) material forming the outer most edge of the disc.

I was at the LBS last week and MOST of the bicycles there had disc brakes.
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