On Sunday at the 100th Tour of Flanders, Lampre-Merida became the first WorldTour team to start a major event entirely on disc brakes. Riding Merida Scultura Disc bikes with Shimano hydraulic brakes, Lampre-Merida set out from Brugge amidst the standard sea of rim-brake bikes.
Lampre-Merida had a few riders on disc bikes for a single stage of Three Days of De Panne, but the team went all in for Flanders, with not only the race bikes but all the spare bikes and thus all the spare wheels being discs.
The Merida Scultura Disc frame uses the RAT system launched by Focus, which combines the quickness of a quick release with the security of a thru-axle.
“It is quick to change but it is also stiff,” Lampre-Merida mechanic Ralf Tiede said of the RAT system. “The stiffness is the most important thing, so the axle doesn’t move and cause noise with the rotor.”
The RAT axle slides through the hub, then locks into the frame with a quarter turn. Here, Lampre-Merida mechanics have greased the locking end of the RAT
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