CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 4: On road disc brakes and the needs of amateur vs. pro cyclists

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Few equipment issues are more contentious in road cycling right now than disc brakes. Should they be legal or shouldn’t they? Are they as dangerous as some have made them out to be? And are they even worth the debate or is the whole thing just some grand conspiracy to sell more bikes?

Our fourth weekly podcast features US technical editor, James Huang, who not only weighs in with his own thoughts on the topic but recently flew to the Tour de Suisse and gathered some opinions from 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and current BMC team mechanic Ian Sherburne.

Evans spent his first seven years as a professional racing on the UCI mountain bike World Cup circuit and experienced that sport’s transition from rim brakes to disc brakes firsthand. His personal opinion on the switchover is perhaps more progressive than that of some other roadies as a result, but he nevertheless acknowledges that there are a number of hurdles surrounding the technology that are unique to modern professional road racing.

Sherburne, meanwhile, discusses some of those issues in detail, including what it would actually take for a WorldTour team to make the transition — not only in terms of the bikes themselves but also the enormous infrastructure required to support them.

There’s no easy answer to any of this, and opinions certainly vary widely. Thanks for listening, and feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments below.

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