Roompot Oranje Peloton, the only team to use disc brakes in competition so far this season, released a video of a wheel change on their YouTube channel

There has been much polarising debate since the UCI announced back in November that disc brakes would be permitted in races this season.

Among theories that disc brakes would lead to more dangerous riding and causes cuts in mass pile-ups, one of the more common arguments against the new brakes was that it would take longer to change a wheel in the event of a puncture.

Now we finally have evidence that theory was right – just not as convincingly right as we thought.

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Roompot Oranje Peloton, the only team to make a permanent move to disc brakes so far, released a video of a wheel change at the Tour of Qatar on their YouTube channel.

The footage shows mechanic Dennis Kreder taking just 18 seconds to replace the wheel on Ivar Slik’s bike and get him back on the road.

But the jury is still out, it seems. Does the extra braking power of disc brakes outweigh the dangers and longer replacement times? We’ll know more by the end of the season.

  • I find it quicker as there is no need to open caliper brakes and then more importantly remember to close them. Which I have forgotten to do in past – which is really, really not recommended.
    I simply slot wheel into drop out and it’s then automatically in disk caliper, then close release.

  • Jamie James

    That takes ages compared to a clean swap with normal brakes.

  • Gazzaputt

    The only pain with changing disc that I have found is switching between different makes. I have Zipp and Mavics and switching between the two requires adjustment of the brakes by loosing the bolts, squeeze the brake lever and tighten. No more than a 20 second job. If you have the same make then the spacing will be spot on.

    I just love having them and about to purchase another bike that will have disc brakes. No more cantis for me.