What do pro riders really think about disc brakes? (video)

Over the last few months we have spoken to lots of professional riders about their thoughts on disc brakes entering the peloton. A selection of their responses are in the following video
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Last August, the UCI allowed professional teams to test disc brakes in two races of their choice. Several riders did so in the Eneco Tour, including Bernhard Eisel, while Team Sky’s Ben Swift also rode them in the Tour du Poitou Charentes. Roompot-Oranje Peloton and Trek Factory Racing riders tested them as well.

>>> The UCI officially suspends the use of disc brakes

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Following this the UCI gave the go-ahead for disc brakes to be used in the 2016 season. WorldTour team Lampre-Merida were the first to field a complete team on discs during the 2016 cobbled Classics.

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Lampre Merida’s Scultura Disc bikes ahead of Paris-Roubaix

While racing at Paris-Roubaix, Movistar rider Fran Ventoso claimed he had been seriously injured by a disc brake and as a result of this incident, the UCI has taken the decision to suspend the use of disc brake in professional road racing.

>>> Ventoso: disc brakes should never have arrived in the pro peloton

As we caught up with pro teams at their pre-season training camps over the winter, we asked riders, some of whom had used the brakes in races in 2015, what they thought of the UCI’s disc brake trial, and although a few spoke positively about the experiment, there were also some fairly accurate predictions as to the incidents that might occur.