Remco Evenepoel_Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8_Vuelta-10991 copy This year has seen the launch of a number of lightweight, all-rounder road racing bikes that can hit the UCI’s minimum weight limit of 6.8kg.
Bikes such as the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL8 , the latest Factor O2 VAM , Orbea Orca OMX , Canyon Ultimate CFR and the Giant TCR Advanced SL can all be built down to weights that tickle or even break the limit.
Importantly, this is happening on framesets that retain some aerodynamic optimisations and with (relatively speaking) standard builds.
They all have high-end components, but none resort to the kind of components or hacks now reserved mostly for dedicated hill climb bikes .
With new manufacturing techniques enabling some brands to find a Goldilocks balance between weight and aerodynamics, does the UCI’s minimum bike weight rule need to change?
Let’s find out. What is the UCI minimum bike weight limit and why does it exist?
Following the technological arms race seen in the 1990s, the UCI significantly tightened its regulations for bicycles and equipment used in competition. James Huang/Immediate Media As the sport’s global governing body, the Union Cycliste International (or UCI for short) defines the technical regulations for bicycles and equipment used in its sanctioned races and events.Technical regulation 1.3.019 states “The weight of the bicycle cannot be less than 6.8 kilograms”.Removable accessories, such as bike computers or water bottles , are not included in this, but fixed accessories (ones that can’t be removed during competition) such as pedals , bottle cages […]