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UCI Weight Limitation for Road Bikes Addressed by New Working Group

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BERN, Switzerland – The ‘Aerodynamics and Weight Limitation Working Group’ has been installed as part of the Bicycle Committee of the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). The new working group is to take on changing UCI’s 3:1 rule and the 6.8kg weight limit for road bikes in close collaboration with the UCI.

UCI Weight Limitation for Road Bikes Addressed by New Working Group
Next to the 6.8kg weight limit the new WFSGI working group is also installed for changing UCI’s 3:1 rule that limits the aerodynamics of a road bike. – Photo Bike Europe

The new WFSGI working group met for the first time at last month’s Eurobike. That the working group is to change the named UCI regulations has all to do with the innovations that took place since 2000, the year that the UCI limited road bikes to a minimum weight of 6.8kg.

Technology progressed

As in particular frame technology has progressed in the past fifteen years with carbon fibre now widely being used, the new working group believes the time has come to adapt the UCI rules. Also because they are now hampering further product developments. Next to that the new working group is convinced that the UCI weight limitations are no longer justified for safety reasons. Also sometimes weight is deliberately being added to competition road bikes to meet the weight limit.

Changing UCI’s 3:1 rule

As said the new working group is also installed for making proposals to changing UCI’s 3:1 rule that limits the aerodynamics of a road bike. The UCI rule stipulates that every part of a UCI approved bike must be no more than three times deeper than its wind-facing aspect. With that excessive aerodynamic constructions are ruled out.

The Aerodynamics and Weight Limitation Working Group is to start-up discussions with the UCI. The governing body for worldwide bike racing has already reacted with saying that it is open for discussion.

Earlier a special WFSGI working group brought the disc brake matter for road bikes to a, for the industry as well as UCI, satisfactory close. This summer the first UCI road races with disc brake-equipped bikes took place. And the 2016 World Tour competition including the Tour de France, Giro and Vuelta will see the usage of UCI approved disc brakes. UCI approved disc brakes will be in ModelYear 2017 road bikes which is expected to boost sales.

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