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Why are teams using mountain bike disc rotors at the Tour de France?

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Why are groups utilizing mountain bike disc rotors on the Tour de France?

As we enter the third week of the Tour de France, we have had loads of time to take a look at the bikes of the riders already, and there was loads of trigger for tech dialogue at this 12 months’s race. There’s been tyre discuss, as the talk of tubular vs tubeless was usurped by clinchers. Wheels have had their time within the highlight too, as Jumbo Visma and Ineos Grenadiers shunned Shimano in favour of non-sponsor choices, regardless of our suggestion that Shimano has something new coming.

At the moment it is the flip of one other wheel-based part, the disc brake rotors. Riders together with Julian Alaphilippe, Marc Hirschi and Adam Yates have been utilizing mountain bike rotors.

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New Shimano wheels at the Tour de France

The XTR rotors as utilized by Marc Hirschi (Picture credit score: Getty Photos)
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Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

Alaphilippe has been utilizing them too (Picture credit score: Wout Beel)
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Tour de france Shimano mtb rotors

Adam Yates, too. However why? (Picture credit score: Getty Photos)

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