UCI to Continue Disc Brake Trials in 2016
AIGLE, Switzerland – The official approval of disc brakes in road race came a big step closer with the announcement of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to continue the trial of disc brakes in professional road racing in 2016.
This was decided last Friday in joint a meeting by the UCI and its stakeholders, riders, mechanics, organisers, neutral service providers, teams and the bicycle industry, represented by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). The trail only includes the professional riders and not the amateur races.
All divisions of UCI professional road teams
Initial trials were carried out in August and September 2015, with UCI WorldTour teams being given the opportunity to use bikes with disc brakes at two events of their choice. After extensive discussions with its stakeholders, the UCI has decided to allow the use of disc brakes by riders across all divisions of UCI professional road teams:
- UCI WorldTeams
- UCI Professional Continental Teams
- UCI Continental Teams
- UCI Women’s Teams
In the press release the UCI states that “the use of disc brakes will be carefully monitored throughout the year with a view to definitively allowing them to be used in professional road cycling from 2017.” The UCI decision might give problems for Campagnolo who is currently testing their disc brake systems. Shimano and Sram have already launched disc brake systems.
Following the decision to further test disc brakes, the UCI has modified articles 1.3.017 and 1.3.020 of its regulations relating to frames and forks. These changes will operate from the 1st of January 2016. The UCI has also approved several modifications to its regulations with regards to saddles and wheel safety characteristics (articles 1.3.014 and 1.3.018). The former will come into force on the 1st December 2015 and the latter on the 1st January 2016.