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UCI weight limit on bikes could be changed

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Josh Cunningham
4 Apr 2017

The current weight of 6.8kg could be dropped ahead of the 2018 season

According to the Dutch industry magazine Bike Europe, the UCI's current weight limit of bikes used in pro races - currently 6.8kg - could be set to change ahead of the 2018 season. 

It is understood that the UCI met with the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) at the recent Taipei Cycle Show in Taiwan to discuss the matter. 

WFSGI’s communication manager, Yves Möri, said that discussions between them and the UCI are still ongoing, and that some proposals are yet to be made, but that a final decision on the matter could be revealed at Eurobike, the European cycle trade show, at the end of August.

When agreed upon, the new weight limit could be implemented ahead of the 2018 season.

Möri also said that the UCI's 3:1 ratio rule, which stipulates that the ratio between the width and length of any equipment on the bike must not exceed 3:1, could also be destined for an imminent change.

As well as that, an agreement of the use of rounded rotors on disc brakes has also been settled, as has a standard system for rotor size and axle width, in the interests of neutral support for riders using discs.

It must be said that some of these changes have been rumoured in the past, in some cases quite some time ago, but Möri's words are nonetheless indicative of what look to be likely changes ahead for certain aspects of equipment use in pro road racing. 

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