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Kona Bike Profile: Josh Amberger Makes Quick Transition to Disc Brakes

Australian triathlete Josh Amberger is among the pro triathletes at this year’s Kona World Championship to make the jump to disc-brake bikes. A year ago, disc-brake tri bikes were the tech buzz of Kona. Now they’re commonly the choice of Ironman® pros. Amberger is riding Zipp 858 NSW Carbon Clincher Disc brake wheels on a new Felt IA Disc with SRAM RED eTap HRD. He also rides the Zipp Vuka Aero integrated base bar with Vuka Carbon Evo 70 extensions. We talked with Josh about his transition to disc brakes for road and triathlon:
 
“The only experience I had with disc brakes up until my TT bike was my mountain bike and most recently my cross bike. It didn’t really give me a sense of feeling what it would be like on the road. So now that I have an exclusive road bike, my time trial bike, that I have disc brakes on, I’m totally sold on having disc brakes across the board for all bikes. The first thing that I noticed was, of course, the superior braking to that of a hidden time trial bike brake caliper.”
 
“Plus the safety element. Riding in the suburbs where I live in Brisbane in Australia, having that instant stopping power on a time trial bike makes you feel so much better about being out there on the road.”
 
”The thru-axle stiffness that comes with the disc brakes is awesome.”