WFSGI and UCI Talk to Replace 6.8 kg Weight Limitation for Road Bikes
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Public Meeting organized by the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) at last week’s Taipei Show included an update on the talks with the UCI on the 6.8 kg weight limitation for road bikes.
The update said that the WFSGI agreed with the UCI that the current weight limitation will be replaced since it does not guarantee safety anymore. The WFSGI Working Group handling the weight limitation issues as well as the aerodynamics of road bikes asked the UCI for one year in order to identify an appropriate replacement of the current UCI weight rules for road bikes.
At the public meeting also an update on the workings of the Wheel Committee with the UCI was presented. Here it was said that the process is started to integrate the wheel test for roads bikes into ISO 4210 in order to get rid of any additional UCI test.
Disc brakes approved in road racing
On disc brakes for road bikes the WFSGI said, “The great effort of the WFSGI bicycle members in collaboration with the UCI in order to get disc brakes approved in road racing paid back finally with the first test races taking place in July last year. The positive feedbacks from the first test races leaded to the expected continuation of the trial period with a full introduction season 2016.” This is expected to result in 2017 road bikes that are fitted with disc brakes on a broad scale.
On its UCI collaboration the WFSGI Bicycle Committee said to look back again on a very exciting and progressive year on further developments with technical rules and regulations. Additionally the Wheel Committee finally celebrated the success of getting the impact test at Sirris in Belgium replaced by a new test which contains self-certification.
Identification guidelines for Olympic Games
Next to the achievements in the work with the UCI the WFSGI reached also improved conditions for the sporting goods industry on the advertisement and manufacturing identification guidelines for Olympic Games. The Rio 2016 IOC manufacturing identification guidelines (Rule 50) allow for more visibility (50% increased exposure) and show more flexibility when it comes to sports equipment. For certain sports, including cycling, this is a big relief as most products can be used as manufactured.