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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.