What Do Professional Cyclists Really Think About Disc Brakes? | GCN Tech At The Tour Down Under

What Do Professional Cyclists Really Think About Disc Brakes? | GCN Tech At The Tour Down Under


(smooth hip-hop music) – So I’m here with Daniel Oss
who’s been a pro for 10 years, Daniel, we asked the pros
a couple of years ago what they thought about
disc brakes in the peloton, and since then there’s
been a bit of a change, I think, personally, what’s
your thoughts on that? – I try some bikes with a disc, and the technology is
super, it is fantastic, the disc brake makes for
sure in the rain, especially, the brake’s safer and stable, and you have the same feeling, you know? You can brake everywhere. – I think it works really well, still, I don’t see if
it’s an advantage to have a mixed peloton with disc
brakes and normal brakes. I think if the disc brakes are going through for the
racing mode in our bunch, I think everybody should use them, but not in a mixed peloton. – Well, I’ve ridden them in
the last two Paris-Roubaix, we used them because
we had a bigger tubular and, for me, I really loved it, especially now we’re able
to have the same hood, you have the same brake
position with the new disc, and you can make, basically,
a light bike with it and, for me, the brake
is just insanely good, even with rain it doesn’t block, because before I think a lot of people were scared to just
completely block the wheel and then slip, but it
actually just brakes smoother and it’s easier to quickly brake. – The only side I can
see is maybe in the wet, you know, in the wet it’s quite hard to stop on normal brakes, but
everyone’s on normal brakes so everyone’s stopping at the same speed, that’s how it works, you know? So, although you can’t stop,
the person in front of you can’t stop either, so you’re kind of all on the same sort of, a bit like on the track where you have no brakes, it’s exactly the same kind of thing, where if it’s raining and
someone’s got disc brakes with good braking, and
they’re in front of you and able to brake, and you’re behind them with no disc brakes, then the chances are you might end up going
into them, you know? So, that’s the only
downside I can see of it. – I didn’t test it yet, so I
cannot say anything about it, if it’s good or not,
but I heard from friends also in my home, which used the disc brake in the training and that
it’s perfect in the rain. – I think they’re coming, and I think it’s gonna happen for a number of reasons, but yeah, I think the
bikes have made evolutions and this is gonna be the next one. There’s concern from
the riders about safety, and once all of that, and I
think it will be resolved, I think they’ll be in the bunch, and I think there’s a real advantage. It’s been a long time since
we’ve had a wet Roubaix but, if we did have a wet Roubaix I think there’d be quite an advantage to have disc brakes in a race like that. – So, there we are, the thoughts and opinions from some
of the World Tour riders on disc brakes in the
pro peloton for 2018. As ever, though, I want to
know what you think of them, which side of the fence are you on? Are you for or against? I’m looking forward to reading
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