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  • Ron Heath

    Your article is a bit confusing. On the one hand it says the bikes are UCI approved – but on the other you point out that they are not allowed for road racing (further on you imply this ban is for pro races). It is my understanding (and my club’s) that bikes equipped with disc brakes will not be allowed at non pro races down to the club level for the foreseeable future.

    • David Rome

      Hey Ron,
      Apologies for the confusion caused, I should of made this clearer. This article isn’t so much to point out what is legal to race with, but more that the UCI has let the cat out of the bag on what new performance bikes are likely already in or near production for 2017. Unfortunately what you’ve said is true, and disc brakes aren’t allowed at most club-level races (which fall under UCI rule).

      • Aaron Heaysman

        I think it’s confusing because the bike descriptions talk about disc brake bikes, however only one bike pictured, the Ridley, is a disc brake bike.
        Maybe it’s not top of the Brands line but Cervelo’s R3d is released now. I believe one of the pro teams raced an R3 mud during one of the classics.

    • Dave

      The safety approval of frames and the use of disc brakes in races are two completely separate issues.

      For lower-level races, your club would be advised to check the regulations of the relevant domestic governing body (e.g. Cycling Australia, British Cycling, various independent Veterans racing bodies etc) rather than go on what the UCI is doing at any time. Most domestic bodies will have the regulations in full text, not just a note reading ‘look up what the UCI says.’

      For example, USA Cycling was sceptical about what turned out to be a chainring injury to Ventoso, and decided not to ban disc brakes in domestic events until the research was in.

      In any case, the UCI ban is expected to end in time for teams to use them at the Tour de France.

      • Ron Heath

        Thank you. I’m an Australian commissaire – I have a good knowledge of what is going on.

        • Dave

          Great. I assuming that when you mentioned your confusion and ‘my club’ that you meant you were a rider unaware of the current official stance.

          • Ron Heath

            Wasn’t my confusion I was referring to – rather the potential for readers of your article to assume that disc brakes (as being heavily promoted by manufacturers and retailers) will be legal for non-pro racing anytime soon.

        • geoff.tewierik

          Leaked notes from UCI.

          Perhaps the most impactful finding is that a forensic medical doctor — albeit one commissioned by the WFSGI — has concluded that Ventoso’s gruesome injury was most likely caused by a chainring, not a disc brake rotor.


        • Rodrigo Diaz

          In contrast, USA Cycling’s position was that disc brakes were allowed for amateur races. So anything below a 1.1 race – yes to discs. As of a month ago (I’m not in the USA so this might have changed now)!

          It’s a big mess – Ontario Cycling (Canada) doesn’t allow disc brakes in their road races. In fact I couldn’t do one event with the same bike I used last year.

  • Chad

    This is a pretty poorly written article…

  • dave

    Bianchi Has the Oltre XR disc.poorly researched much?

    • Hamish Moffatt

      C’mon, the article is about new models for 2017. How does your comment about Bianchi fit?

  • cthenn

    RIP rim brakes…oh well if you don’t want an ugly bike, you better buy up non-disc frames while you can!


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