Pro cycling's richest team is done with rim brakes

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The Pinarello DOGMA F Disc will now be standard issue for the world’s most famous cycling team (Photo: Joris Knapen/INEOS Grenadiers).
The Pinarello DOGMA F Disc will now be standard issue for the world’s most famous cycling team (Photo: Joris Knapen/INEOS Grenadiers).
  • The world’s best-funded professional cycling team is making a big change to its bikes.
  • INEOS Grenadiers has confirmed that is it moving from traditional to contemporary brake systems
  • The disc brake revolution in pro cycling is now complete – despite Olympic gold having been won with traditional rim brakes

INEOS Grenadiers will race the remainder of this season with disc brakes.

Aside from improved aerodynamics, the most significant mechanical change to pro cycling in the last decade is the switch from rim- to disc brakes. Despite some riders and team managers initially being sceptical of disc brakes, most have welcomed the move away from rim brakes.

Former INEOS Grenadiers star rider, Johannesburg schooled Chris Froome, has been one of the most vocal opponents of disc brakes on pro bikes. But now even his former INEOS Grenadiers team has embraced the benefit of disc brakes.

The most notable advantages are superior braking power on long descents, and consistent performance in wet conditions – where rim brakes can be nervously unpredictable.

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Shimano disc brakes are proven in mountain biking. And should work excellently for INEOS Grenadiers pro riders (Photo: Joris Knapen/INEOS Grenadiers)

The promise of better pro team bikes

Pinarello’s DOGMA F Disc will now become the bike of choice for INEOS Grenadiers team riders. The team’s component supplier is Shimano, which has released the latest version of its Dura-Ace groupset. Including stronger disc brakes.

The transition to disc brakes was always inevitable for the team’s Italian frame supplier, despite earlier misgivings.

Fausto Pinarello is inspired by the move. "I’ve been convinced about disc brakes since I started riding them myself and I’m happy the team is going to race on them in the final part of this season. The INEOS Grenadiers are constantly pushing for excellence in everything they do and we are delighted with the DOGMA F Disc we have developed with the team."

Pro riders don’t have to brake often, but when they do, all the power is required (Photo: Joris Knapen/INEOS Grenadiers)

Why did INEOS Grenadiers wait so long?

With improvements to the Shimano Dura-Ace brake system, INEOS Grenadiers riders and mechanics are confident in their new pro bikes.

Being able to swap wheels rapidly is crucial for a pro team. The latest generation of Shimano’s disc brakes and quick-release wheel systems have evolved to an acceptable standard. Team mechanics now feel they can swap a pro riders wheel in seconds without risking a misaligned brake, which will rub when riding.

Cost has never been an issue for INEOS Grenadiers. It has an enormous budget, but team riders and mechanics were unconvinced by the first-generation of road bike disc brakes. Now, it becomes the last and perhaps most significant World Tour team to convert from rim- to disc brakes.


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