Whoa. Now what am I going to race on? Oh yeah, I don’t race.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has approved disc brakes for competition in the 2010-’11 cyclo-cross race season.
Read the rest at www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-allows-disc-brakes-for-cyclo-cross.
The biggest change is going to be in the wheels. Making a fork disc compliant isn’t too difficult, it has been done many times over already. And I would think the weight issue is a push – you reinforce the lowers and save nearly as much where the cantilever posts once resided. The carbon fork boys will have to invest in some new molds. But, they only have to make that investment once. Assuming, of course, the UCI doesn’t pull a Spinaci.
“This is super exciting to us,” said [Paul] Kantor [with Avid/SRAM brakes]. “Obviously we’re going to want to talk to our brothers at Zipp, they’re going to be happy to see the brake track moved off the rim; lots to discuss.”
We are going to see some interesting concepts in the wheel department.
Is this a good thing? I don’t know. I can’t really say that it is. But, I should be clear that I don’t find the inverse to be true either – that this is a bad thing.