“Rim brakes are still king for road bikes,” says Zipp product manager One of the big debates in professional cycling this year will revolve around disc brakes. As you know, the UCI has extended the short disc brake trial i t allowed at the end of last season for the entire 2016 race calendar, allowing any rider and team to race a bike with disc brakes whenever they want.
So will we see the entire peloton switch over to disc-equipped road bikes at the Tour Down Under later this month, the now traditional curtain-raising event on the pro calendar?
It’s unlikely. The majority of the teams don’t even have a suitable disc road bike and any team sponsored by Campagnolo doesn’t even have a disc brake it can use, even if it had a suitable bike to fit them too. So that means most will still be racing rim brakes for the foreseeable future.
Which leads Zipp wheel product manager Jason Fowler, in an interview on the Zipp website (link is external) , to concluded that “…the rim brake is still king for road bikes at the moment.”
That’s despite the fact we’ve seen disc road bikes flood the market in the past […]