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by Mark Zalewski
April 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
In a video interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard said that he believes all bikes will have disc brakes in two years time.
“If you think about the disc brake in everything, whether it’s the car or the motorcycle and also the mountain bike, it’s so logical because with the disc brake you can have so much more precise control, and I believe it’s adding more safety, not danger,” Sinyard said. “If anything the chainring on the front is the more dangerous piece. The disc brake is the future. In the future we won’t look at road bikes that don’t have disc brakes. They will all have them.
“Even now you see riders using them more and more, and for sure I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes.”
Disc brake usage is still controversial, with manufacturers like Specialized pushing hard for their use, while riders’ associations like the CPA have urged caution and more testing. The original testing period was suspended after the 2016 Paris-Roubaix when Francisco Ventoso claimed a disc rotor sliced his leg in a crash. However, covers for rotors are now being explored with riders’ associations giving early signs of approval.
“My personal feeing is that the disc brake is bringing the safety because there’s more control and you can go down the mountain with the brake when you need it instead of dragging the brake all the way down to make the speed slower.”
Click through to watch the interview at La Gazetta Dello Sport.