The Future of Road Cycling – Bike of the Year 2018

Will 2019 be the triumphant return of the rim brake? Have aero bikes become the norm and have in-house components finally come-of-age?

Cycling Plus’ editor Rob Spedding and it’s Senior Technical Editor, Warren Rossiter sat down with ex-pro and Le Col founder Yanto Barker to discuss all things road cycling and where it’s heading.

This video contains paid product placements on behalf of Le Col ( and MET Helmets (

Huge thanks to Mercedes-Benz, Brittany Ferries and Life Cycle ( for making this video series possible.


Chris Dominick says:

Rim > Disk

ricric says:

This guy has no good argument against disc brakes. He’s not a mechanic and sounds like a “no change” guy. Very little improvement with discs he says, but small changes in carbon weave are huge?? Also sounds pro cyclist elitist. Technology and progression of bicycles is about a steady small improvements. All the improvements to the bicycle have been small over the years and the same things have been said about most of those improvements. They are now very light (my bike is 56cm 15.2lbs). I went from the newest Mavic carbon pro to Roval 32 disc. So much better braking. Very little effort to actuate for more clean power and control. Like the other comment says about less likely to lock up wheels with the disc brake.

geordi13 says:

So this guy is “progressive” but is skeptical about everything …

bon voyage says:

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Reid Martin says:

Disc brakes will always be the superior braking system…….argument over. Can roadies talk about anything else?

tflynn124 says:

Disc brakes are the future, just as lipless took over from straps and cages

Nikola Toshkov says:

I think few points should’ve been discussed when it comes to disc brakes. One is long term ownership of disk brakes – you simply don’t loose money on your wheelset everytime you break 😉 For me one thing that puts me off from more expensive wheelsets is the fact that at somepoint I’ll have to throw them even if they are in pristine condition. Disc wheelsets don’t have this problem. Second is that recently manufacturers, free from constraint of rim brakes, started to design a much better rims with considerable performance gains when it comes to drag coefficient and weight. I can’t wait to see how far they will push the envelope in coming years in that regard. So yeah, there is considerable push from manufacturers when it comes to disc brakes, but it’s not without a reason. There is so much that can be done for better wheelset and rim brake surfaces with existing constraints.

Steven Dodds says:

Where are they filming this? Wormwood scrubs!!! Jeez…

The vegan46 says:

That yanto guy is stuck in the past must be his sponsors telling him what to say if he is pro.lets look at this in Britain our weather is shit our roads are shit. so tubless more comfort,disc brake more modulation and stop quicker what’s not to like come out of the past and accept the change is better .

Nirvana Urantian says:

Braking, change in velocity, deceleration, friction. What is the most variable part of the system? Tune it accordingly. Maybe
tuning with a basic understanding of physics might help.

bugboy152000 says:

110% disk breaks! Maintenance is easy and always works. Tubeless 110% also. Worst case you throw a tube in. MTB is so far ahead of road right now because of crusty riders who won’t change and can’t do their own work.

Mike Wilms says:

“I don’t like disc brakes because I am terrible and using them” -Yanto Barker

Next year when the majority of the pros are using disc, and almost all road bikes only come with discs everyone will change their tune.

Siclmn Cyclerider says:

With disk brakes you are not replacing wheels any more because the rims wore out. Now you can buy those expensive carbon wheels and not worry about wearing out the rims. And just like electronic shifting there is little to no maintenance because if the wheel is out of true you don’t feel it so no problem.

Mark Walker says:

Really great to hear yanto’s opinions, got to respect a bloke that has turned way more pedals than I ever will

Felix Chan says:

Yanto adds nothing to this show apart from confirming the “progressiveness” of some pro (ex pro) riders

Jura Stanić says:

Your “pro rider”seems like very oldschool.
Welcome in 21.century-2019.

Sam E says:

How is pushing pistons in with a screwdriver and putting in pads hard? Literally seen it been done by 10 year olds

Fernando Espinosa says:

Great video guys, is fun to see your conversation. Keep going.

bon voyage says:

Theres 18 mins of my life I wont get back, that pro looked like hed rather be watching his toenails grow!!

Tinniswood says:

I will ride whatever someone else is paying for!

Tomi Saaranen says:

In my opinion disc brake pads are way easier to change than rim brake pads.

Jochem says:

I have disk brakes, I have tubeless tires. I love never wearing out my wheels and never ever having a puncture.

Stephen Hesse says:

I don’t mind rim brakes but I’d like to ride slightly bigger tires on wide rims so I’m leaning toward discs on my next road bike. Rim brakes don’t offer enough tire clearance on performance bikes. Also, brand consistency on your bike is silly. Ride what works for you and use what you have on hand. House brand brakes are usually trash.

James Turner says:

Can we get a comprehensive test on the brand components vs after market components. For example there are so many wheel manufacturers that say they are the best, but how does the consumer know the are getting what’s marketed and that the gains are so much better then the brand components.

Toby Wynne-Owen says:

This ‘progressive’ bloke is not progressive.

Jared Fontaine says:

when will we get sram force electronic

Tom Holden says:

they question is why disc brakes are more expensive??? biggest joke by a great manufacturer I love: the disc brake version asks 500€ more, one tier up the disc brake version asks even 1000€ more although still the same wheels, still ultegra and still the same components on both the disc and rim brake version, like wtf, are you trying to fool us and think we’re idiots?

Anton Vlasenko says:

“All R&D money goes to disc”. Sure thing, disc brake bikes give better sell margin, they are “new” and “very different”, well-marketed by Bikeradar so may force people to change their bikes beforehand == more revenue, more damage to ecology.

Robert Jobear says:

Rim brakes all the way. I am just your average bike commuter with a little biking exercise thrown in on days I don’t commute. From my low-level perspective my front disc sucks when wet. They bind if I forget to put the washers back in the right spots, plus they are undoubtedly heavier. The only area where they win is that it is easier to do maintenance on wheels with disc brakes. I have permanently removed the pads from my back rim brakes because I take my rear hub apart a lot for cleaning and maintenance.

Citizen Shane says:

discs are always rubbing tho

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Paul Murphy says:

Interesting discussion. Loving Warren’s objectivity about the industry, sometimes hard to come by in sponsored Youtube content. Keep it up y’all.

douglas yong says:

Hydraulic vs mechanical disc brakes should be the way forward, rim brakes will probably slowly fade….

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