CPA sends notice to UCI, says riders just don’t want disc brakes

Tred prototype disc brake rotor shield for road bikes to protect riders from cuts and burns

Until something like the T’red disc brake cover shown above becomes more mainstream (or, at least used in the peloton), it seems riders just aren’t ready for disc brakes. After one rider claims he was cut by a disc brake rotor during a late crash in the Tour of Abu Dhabi, the debate is heating up again. The UCI was (is) allowing disc brakes in early season races as a test, with the caveat that the rotors have rounded edges. But, the Association of Professional Cyclists says that’s not good enough, and now they are taking legal action. Full press release below…

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Until something like the T’red disc brake cover shown above becomes more mainstream (or, at least used in the peloton), it seems riders just aren’t ready for disc brakes. After one rider claims he was cut by a disc brake rotor during a late crash in the Tour of Abu Dhabi, the debate is heating […]

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The Build Cycle Podcast is LIVE!!!

The Build Cycle podcast is the best podcast for entrepreneurs and startups

The Build Cycle podcast is the best podcast for entrepreneurs and startups

We’re LIVE! The Build Cycle Podcast is the new podcast from Bikerumor.com founder Tyler Benedict that explores the startup stories and growth tactics of hundreds of entrepreneurs, both from within and outside the cycling industry! If you’ve ever been curious about how some of your favorite brands got started, this podcast expands on our “How To Break Into The Cycling Industry” interview series and dives deep into the details, tips and tactics used to launch, grow and succeed! So, whether you just like hearing their stories, you’ve got your side hustle on, or you’re looking to jump ship and start your own business, The Build Cycle is for you! Links and streaming player for our first THREE episodes, below…

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We’re LIVE! The Build Cycle Podcast is the new podcast from Bikerumor.com founder Tyler Benedict that explores the startup stories and growth tactics of hundreds of entrepreneurs, both from within and outside the cycling industry! If you’ve ever been curious about how some of your favorite brands got started, this podcast expands on our “How […]

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Prototype White Industries headset spotted, possibly headed to NAHBS

prototype white industries headset for Sklar Cycles
Photo courtesy California Travis.

If you look at products that take bearings, the three items that most often find their way into boutique brands’ catalogs are hubs, bottom brackets and headsets. The latter has been a glaring omission from White Industries’ spread…until now. This gold external cup headset pic was snapped by California Travis, and Alec White was coy about their intentions for it. What we could surmise from a few cryptic messages were that you might see it on Adam Sklar’s bikes at NAHBS, you might see it on a couple other small builders’ bikes at NAHBS, and it might or might not be something they are developing for future production. And you might be able to spot more pictures of such things on other builders’ Instagram accounts between now at NAHBS. Or, in Alec’s words, “Maybe someone could think that might be what is possibly going on.”



If you look at products that take bearings, the three items that most often find their way into boutique brands’ catalogs are hubs, bottom brackets and headsets. The latter has been a glaring omission from White Industries’ spread…until now. This gold external cup headset pic was snapped by California Travis, and Alec White was coy […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • 2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants will use Strava to record their commuting and recreational miles, then stats & leaderboards will show up over at the NationalBikeChallenge.org site. There’s no cost to join, and riders are encouraged to form teams at their workplace or school to motivate each other to log more miles or to start commuting for the first time. BikeLeague.org

    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants […]

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Another bump in the road peloton for disc brakes from the CPA-Association of Professional Cyclists

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The CPA popped up in the news over the weekend issuing a new letter to the UCI calling for another halt to the use of disc brakes in the professional road peloton. It had seemed that after the start, stop, start, stop & start again, with the open CPA discussions in the UCI Disc Brake Working Group and the use of rounded rotors that professional riders were coming around to the idea of disc brakes and the realization that the safety concerns had been unfounded. Riders Tom Boonen and Marcel Kittel have even won races this year already on the same S-Works Venge Disc that we rode to test Shimano’s new top disc brake road groupset.

Well, the issue is clearly still not resolved. It seems the majority of the rider members of the CPA are still afraid of disc brake rotors, and they are holding fast to 3 demands that the group asked for last year: rounded rotors, rotor guards, and racing trials with all riders on disc brakes. Clearly that all isn’t so quick or easy to achieve (or maybe even something that makes sense) so the debate rages on, and we as consumers and spectators might have to wait another season before we see this resolved.

The CPA issued an updated statement today, read on after the break…

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The CPA popped up in the news over the weekend issuing a new letter to the UCI calling for another halt to the use of disc brakes in the professional road peloton. It had seemed that after the start, stop, start, stop & start again, with the open CPA discussions in the UCI Disc Brake Working Group and […]

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Lazer extends sponsorship to a slew of cycling teams from KHS to LottoNL-Jumbo

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Lazer sponsorships 2017, LottoNL-Jumbo team close up

In the cycling world, having your product visible on elite professional athletes is an important way to market your brand. The perspective of ‘good enough for them, good enough for me’ seems to be rather effective, and even older riders still look up to their favorite pros as heroes or icons (we all want to be like them!).

Now operating under the ownership of industry giant Shimano, Lazer is pushing hard to put their products on professional heads from all sides of the cycling industry. With hardgood, softgood, component and safety gear brands under the same umbrella, Shimano aims to provide full-factory support to their existing and newly added professional teams.

Across all riding disciplines, Shimano is shooting out more Lazers than an alien invasion – find out who’s new to the program next…
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In the cycling world, having your product visible on elite professional athletes is an important way to market your brand. The perspective of ‘good enough for them, good enough for me’ seems to be rather effective, and even older riders still look up to their favorite pros as heroes or icons (we all want to be […]

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This Week’s Best Posts! Small batch mountain bikes, fast chains, NAHBS preview & pro bikes!

This week saw the kick off of our new series, Ask A Stupid Question, where we get your questions answered, no matter how silly or technical or obscure they may be. So far, it’s a hit…we’ve got a serious list of questions to answer, leading us to go from a planned every-other-week schedule to weekly. The first subject? Bottom bracket standards, of course!

Mountain bikes saw several new entries from small and mid-sized brands, with launches from Intense, Bold, Kona, Last, and Turner. Keeping you warm while riding are plenty of threads recently reviewed by Zach and some custom options from Giordana. Speed demons will find plenty more pro bike checks from the street and TDU to ogle, along with the upgraded UFO chain from CeramicSpeed.

Last but certainly not least, Anna has kicked off her amazing Road to NAHBS preview interviews with three awesome stories of builders you definitely need to keep an eye on. All that and plenty more below…

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This week saw the kick off of our new series, Ask A Stupid Question, where we get your questions answered, no matter how silly or technical or obscure they may be. So far, it’s a hit…we’ve got a serious list of questions to answer, leading us to go from a planned every-other-week schedule to weekly. […]

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Velotooler retools with insurance coverage for mechanics & more

We reported on Velotooler a few months back just before they launched their ‘hire a mechanic’ service. If you missed it, they offer an online service that brings mechanics and riders together in addition to tracking service records and more. They’ve since addressed some earlier concerns from mechanics, and launched an ios app. Furthermore, they’re going beyond the online service to help bring competitive cycling to the New England area.

Get all the details past the break…

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We reported on Velotooler a few months back just before they launched their ‘hire a mechanic’ service. If you missed it, they offer an online service that brings mechanics and riders together in addition to tracking service records and more. They’ve since addressed some earlier concerns from mechanics, and launched an ios app. Furthermore, they’re going […]

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Ask A Stupid Question: Go ahead, we dare you… er, invite you

Ask A Stupid Question - ask Bikerumor your bicycle maintenance and tech questions and we'll find the answer

Ask A Stupid Question - ask Bikerumor your bicycle maintenance and tech questions and we'll find the answer

We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. Never fear, Bikerumor’s here. We’ll take your questions and get them answered by the pros. So, send in your most burning questions without fear of looking foolish, and we’ll help you sound like a pro in no time! Click here to use the AASQ form, or find a link under the Contact menu header up top anytime a question pops into your mind!



We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. Never fear, Bikerumor’s here. We’ll take your questions and get them answered by the pros. So, send in your most burning questions without fear of looking foolish, and we’ll help […]

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