UCI May Lower Minimum Weights for Bikes, Sticker Program Finally Starts Making Sense

Given their recent PR push to make them seem a little more friendly, the UCI’s consideration of lighter bikes in the peloton shouldn’t come as any surprise but it’s certainly a welcome one.

During their meetings with cycling journalists, UCI technical coordinator Julien Carron said they understood that lower weights are important to frame manufacturers but stressed that their first priority remains the safety of the riders. He said they might consider lowering the limit, currently 6.8kg (14.99lbs), for frames and forks that pass their testing protocol. Sure, the pros put a heck of a lot more stress and miles on a frame than most of us, but seeing as many top end bikes from small and large manufacturers alike already pass CEN and CSPI testing and weigh in under 6.8k, it shouldn’t be a stretch to see them in the peloton almost immediately following any decision by the UCI. And then, we can *cough* stop losing sleep over buying a bike that’s too light for UCI-sanctioned races…man, that’ll be a load off.

So, getting approval for lighter bikes at the start line is one reason holdouts may want to get stickered, but the UCI says one of the key drivers for the homologation program was Olympic compliance. Apparently, the IOC would like to see tech credentials for bicycles used in The Games. Video above from BikeBiz’s visit to the UCI.

Comments

Mick - 07/01/11 - 5:50pm

McQuaid = BLOWHARD….

alloycowboy - 07/01/11 - 8:02pm

At some point the UCI has to realize that it is getting in the way of sport of cycling and the evolution of the bicycle. Their is no reason why road bikes shouldn’t be able to take advantage of disc brakes, better aerodynamics, and advanced materials without bumping into a UCI regulation. All the UCI needs to do is mandate the riders ride stock bicycles.

Jones - 07/02/11 - 9:07am

I hope the break-away pro cycling league happens real soon, sick of these money grabbing politicians. Do any of them even ride a bike?

Martijn - 07/02/11 - 9:38am

Which world is this dude living in?

and why is he talking about the cost price of frame production … and then that complete bikes are being sold for so much more… first of all totally not important for them like they said themselfs they dont run the business side they only want to protect rider safety and anyway the frame production is a small part of the total cost…. R&D, marketing, transport, distribution, retail cost and ofcourse dont forget all the other components need to make a complete bike. he is right the frame cost is very little to total cost of a bike but what does it matter to riders safety!!!

if it was up to him we would all be riding Steel bikes the bike industry needs to get rid of these old french guys and need to find a new Governing body for the sport with people which accually welcome development and the future..

and manufactures are looking to build bikes which can win! its not like manufactures are looking to develop bikes which break during a race…

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