(A word up front, you won't have to ride disc brakes if they are not your cup of tea).
Bike Europe wrote:AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – The 2016 World Tour competition including the Tour de France, Giro and Vuelta will see the usage of UCI approved disc brakes. It is expected to boost road bike sales.Jeroen Snijders Blok (COO Accell Group), bicycle industry representative in WFSGI: ‘UCI approved disc brakes to come in 2016.’ Jeroen Snijders Blok (COO Accell Group), bicycle industry representative in WFSGI: ‘UCI approved disc brakes to come in 2016.’
One of the stakeholders involved in recent meetings with the newly formed UCI Equipment Commission, told Bike Europe on the expected approval in 2016. This was disclosed after a discussion started in The Netherlands in response to a publication by Bike Europe's sister magazine 'Tweewieler'. This publication, targeted to dealers in the Benelux markets, said that UCI approved disc brakes were to be expected already for 2015.
World Federation Sporting Goods Industry
Reactions on this report by tweewieler.nl said that it would not be in 2015, but much more likely to come in 2016 and even 2017.
Source: http://www.bike-eu.com/Industry-retail- ... yclesnetau
It means that brands who havn't already released a top-model disk brake bike need to get a move on because 2015 is just around the corner and a lot of the riders will be wanting to train on new bikes.
It could mean that if 2016 is the first year - then approved disk brake road bikes would make their first appearance at the Tour Down Under in Australia.