Specialized are studying footage of a crash involving a road.cc reader who says he was injured by a disc brake rotor on one of the California-based brand’s bikes when he was riding with friends last month.
As we reported yesterday, Peter Curtis-Brown from Nantwich in Cheshire needed hospital treatment for a deep cut to his leg after the incident, which happened when he was on a café ride with friends on Sunday 23 April.
Peter had initially provided photos of his injury and the disc brake on a friend’s bike, still with traces of blood on it, to Specialized UK.
He said in a comment to our story yesterday that after it was published, he had received a call from the company’s head office in California “and we had a good chat.”
He said that he was “very happy with them and I remain a big fan of the brand.”
He added: “On reflection, yes this really is a freak incident but Specialized are grateful for the footage.
“To date they have never had coverage of an incident involving disc brakes so I am sure this will be useful to them and can benefit rider safety in the future.”
Mark Cote, head of global marketing at Specialized, told road.cc: “We wish Peter the fastest recovery from his injury.
“We had a very good conversation and thank him for documenting and passing along all of the info from the incident.
“Our product and engineering team are reviewing the details,” he added.
In January, Lotto-Soudal rider Adam Hansen claimed the brand was trying to force the technology on the peloton while there were still concerns over the safety of the technology.
However, last month, Specialized founder and CEO, Mike Sinyard, insisted disc brakes were “adding to safety, not danger, and if anything, the chainring on the front is a bit more dangerous.”
He added that he believed all road bikes in future will be equipped with disc brakes, and predicted their universal use in professional races within two years.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.