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Cylance Pro Cycling Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc
  • Neal Rogers

    Gotta love it when rules are open to interpretation.

  • chrisonhismac

    I love that Justin Williams won the race with zero team mates and a bike that was at least 1 size too small for him. Just cranked the seat up and went for it. Chapeau!

    • Ken Cheung

      And a bike from a FEMALE teammate, no less!

  • jules

    I know lots of riders who’ve bought disc bikes and discussed giving road racing a try. Sorry, nope you won’t. Luckily the sport is thriving and we don’t need more participants.

    • George Darroch

      Soon nobody will be allowed to race bicycles, and the UCI and CA’s mission will have been accomplished.

    • campirecord

      Luckily the sport is thriving ?… You mean the bike industry or the race / federation funding ? Something is not thriving and this is a step backwards.

  • Altimis Nuel

    This is funny

    He won with replacement bike that borrowed, fitting is not even match for him

    This gonna make him doubt “hm did my own bike mismatch all the time?” lol

    I would be in mixed of frustrating and confusing

    • Sunny Ape

      “I would be in mixed of frustrating and confusing”.

      You’re not kidding!

  • velocite

    USA Cycling sounds like the voice of sanity in this matter. And you’d think that their experience, that is 4 years with no safety issues, would settle the matter for everyone else, wouldn’t you? I’m not a fan of UCI-bashing, but have they published any substantial justification or even explanation of their position?

  • CapeHorn

    From the race org point of view, for our races, we specifically state on the webpage that Disc brakes are not allowed (And as soon as Cycling Australia pass the rule down that club racing can use them, and Cycling ACT agree, we will be changing the entry rules to allow discs)
    With the current issue of CA not allowing discs as an equipment rule, and our insurance leveraging off the CA insurance – we just have to abide by CA rules and regs.

    • James Huang

      The insurance issue is perhaps the one that many people underestimate in terms of how racing regulations can affect amateur events. If a charity ride is underwritten by USA Cycling insurance, for example, the event organizer basically has no option but to abide by racing rules.

    • Rodrigo Diaz

      Our local and regional races and rides have had the same issues here in Ontario, Canada. Not an ideal situation.

    • George Darroch

      Well CA is bloody ridiculous. Most people (including myself) buying new bikes are buying them with discs. What they’re saying to people considering the sport is “piss off”.

  • Coach

    Now there is just the prickly issue of rim brake bikes being better performers in all areas except stopping to deal with.

    • Andy B

      do we even need brakes?

    • ebbe

      The “performance” of a hardcore road bike is often described in stiffness, weight and aero-ness. To discuss each, in no particular order:
      – Disc brake bikes are already “stiffer” than rim brake bikes.
      – The weight difference is currently about 300 to 800 grams for a full bike. This will go down once Campagnolo disc brake groupsets are available, since they only carry a 80 grams weight penalty. And it probably will go down further in coming years. However, since a minimum total bike weight exists for all UCI governed races, the weights of the total bike are (or can be) the same in most cases.
      – Only in the aero department do rim brake bikes CURRENTLY hold a real edge. A very small edge, but still. And that edge will disappear within a few years when manufacturers start designing bikes and wheels for disc brakes first, rather than stick disc brakes on a rim brake design.

      Then we have the stopping you’re referring to. I don’t think anybody will argue that better stopping is a real performance advantage. As are the ability to run wider tires, no misalignment of brake calipers, and the ability to cope with a wheel that is out of true. What other metrics (objective, measurable, and rider-independent) would you like to use to describe the “performance” of a bike?


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