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by Mark Zalewski
March 2, 2017
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The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has been quiet in the debate over disc brakes on bicycles, even after the incident at last year’s Paris-Roubaix which resulted in the suspension of the UCI trial. However, with the recent incident involving Team Sky’s Owain Doull at the Abu Dhabi Tour, the trade group finally released a statement on its position.
“Twice within the last 10 months riders and other stakeholders of the cycling sport accused disc brakes of having caused injuries to a rider or their material. The WFSGI has taken these complaints very seriously and investigated both accidents in order to have a clarification before making any statement.”
The statement addresses three major points that are currently debated — the effects of performance differences between rim and disc brakes in the peloton, the potential for cuts from rotors and pro racing versus amateur use. With the allegations that a disc cut Doull, the statement on that allegation was clearly addressed.
“Evidence on cuts under racing conditions are not available since there was no reported accident with disc brakes so far. Nevertheless, the industry agreed with UCI, CPA and AIGCP on rounded disc brake rotors in order to react on the perceived risk by riders, as well as to support a faster exchange of the wheels from neutral support and team’s service. It has to be mentioned that the ISO standard 4210-2; 4.2 does already require exposed edges on the entire bicycle to not be sharp.
“The WFSGI will continue to work closely with the UCI, CPA and AIGCP in order to make a smooth introduction of disc brakes into professional road racing.”
Click through to read more at WFSGI.