We all remember the first time we saw that crazy top-bar-tuck descending style in the pro peloton nearly 5 years ago (mouths agape, whispering ‘whaa?’ in disbelief). These days all the kids are doing it and it doesn’t even come with a ‘don’t do this at home’ warning from the commentators much anymore.
Well, no longer friends. The UCI is banning the ‘super tuck’ from April, along with throwing bottles on the road (this will be fun to watch being put into practice).
In other Froome news, now that he’s at a new team he’s on a new bike (Factor). He likes the bike, but is not sold on the disk brakes that come with it. I remarked on this in a comment last week, but Ineos Grenadiers is now the only World Tour team that still has a whole fleet of bikes sans disk brakes.
Froome did say that the shift is inevitable and that you’ll be ‘made obsolete’ (a sentiment shared by at least one commentator on this blog on my disk brake post) if you don’t make the move. Read the article or watch the video – he certainly has a few reasons for not being pro disk and his overall ‘review’ of his new bike feels refreshingly honest.
Back to the super-tuck – I’ve been tempted to try it out myself, but never did for fear that I’d get into it only to find that I couldn’t get out. I’m glad I won’t be feeling the peer pressure anymore, unlike with my obsolete rim brakes.