UCI & WFSGI: No Implementation Date Disc Brakes
BERN, Switzerland – Last week, on May 20, we informed you about the latest developments relating to the use of UCI approved disc brakes at WorldTour professional road races. In this report we mentioned 2016 as the year of implementation. However, stakeholders now wish not to mention any approval or employment date.
The news on Bike-eu.com and on the site of sister magazine Tweewieler (www.tweewieler.nl) was cause for lots of reactions as well as tweets. This is mainly due to the considerable commercial interests involved with the use of disc brakes in the professional cycling peloton. It’s expected that disc brake use at Tour, Vuelta and Giro will bring valuable new impulses to boost road racer sales to new heights.
UCI and WFSGI
However, for the usage of such brakes at WorldTour races the approval of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is required. For that approval the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) consults with the UCI. The bicycle industry is represented within the WFSGI.
Following up on the recent reports at Bike-eu.com and Tweewieler.nl the WFSGI informs us that no implementation deadline has been set for the UCI approval and with that the usage of disc brakes by professional cycling teams. And that as such our coverage including the mentioning of 2016 as implementation date is not correct.
The May 20 report on this website explicitly mentioned 2016 as the implementation year. Jeroen Snijders Blok informed Bike Europe on that date. He is Board member of Accell Group and as representative for the bicycle industry within the WFSGI, one of the stakeholders in the UCI consultations. In addition, he said the UCI wants to perform an investigation on the safety aspects surrounding the use of disc brakes. And that this is why the disc brake implementation is taking so long.
However, as it turns out now not only the UCI investigation is causing the delays. It’s also due to the use of many different types of parts for disc brakes as well as for the appropriate wheels. Because there is no standardization here, the simple act of changing a wheel could get very complicated! More investigation on how to handle this is also needed.
These factors are the reason for the WFSGI to emphasize that it is impossible to mention a proper implementation date now for the use of disc brakes at professional road races. But the Federation spokesperson does note that discussions with the UCI on this topic continue positively and that more meetings are to take place in the coming months. So, to be continued.