Disc brakes make their time trial debut at Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Cannondale SuperSlice used by the Cannondale-Drapac team in Italy.

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The new Cannondale SuperSlice at Tirreno-Adriatico
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Cannondale-Drapac became the first team to use a disc brake bike in a time trial as the debuted the new Cannondale SuperSlice at Wednesday's Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial.

The SuperSlice is a new model from the American brand, but has many similarities with its existing Slice time trial bike such as the cut-out seat tube and upright seatpost.

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However there are some subtle changes such as what appears to be a beefed by down tube, a re-engineered bottom bracket, and a cleaner head tube.

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Of course, the biggest change comes with the fork and the rear end, which will have been altered to deal with the asymmetric forces exerted on them by disc brakes.

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For the time being, the team is having to use TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, which will provide very similar braking performance to standard rim brakes, with the switch to hydraulic disc brakes expected when Shimano starts to produce a time trial brake lever capable of working with hydraulic brakes.

The bad news is that the Cannondale SuperSlice didn't receive an overly successful debut, with Cannondale-Drapac finishing in 16th place in the Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial, 1-18 behind winners BMC Racing.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.