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by Shane Stokes
November 30, 2015
Photography by Matt Wikstrom
As reported here last week, the UCI has approved the use of disc brakes by professional teams in 2016. The equipment, which was trialled on a limited basis in August and September, will be used in a far more widespread matter in the season ahead.
WorldTour teams, Pro Continental teams, Continental squads and UCI women’s teams will all be able to use the brakes from January 1.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and its stakeholders, riders, mechanics, organisers, neutral service providers, teams and the bicycle industry, represented by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), have decided to continue the trial of disc brakes in professional road racing in 2016,” it stated.
The UCI added that it will monitor the use of such brakes during the year, “with a view to definitively allowing them to be used in professional road cycling from 2017.”
No limitations have been announced in relation to the number of events the brakes can be used in.
As a result of their widespread introduction, articles 1.3.017 and 1.3.020 of the UCI regulations relating to frames and forks have been modified.
Articles 1.3.014 and 1.3.018, which relate to saddles and wheel safety characteristics, have also been modified. They will come into effect on December 1 and January 1 respectively.
The introduction of disc brakes is intended to enhance braking performance, particularly in wet weather. CyclingTips understands that 160mm rotors will be the new standard.