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Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 65mm

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:49 am
by spartan
according to the interviewer

Tyler Benedict - 06/19/13 - 9:58am
Matt- That comment came from Paul Lew, who reportedly sits on some related commission or board at the UCI (along with folks from many other wheel brands). Maybe the UCI is just waiting to surprise everyone with that rule on a start line (kidding). I’ll see what I can find out.

damn.... i predict if ENVE 6/7 wheelset will require a emergency redesign...

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Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:05 am
by Causidicus
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Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:06 am
by Devon
I see this as a positive to be honest. You have to draw the line somewhere; this whole aero thing (however good) is going a bit overboard. Without a limit people would soon be using disc wheels for flatter races.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:23 am
by Tinea Pedis
alexh wrote:Without a limit people would soon be using disc wheels for flatter races.

Except for the fact that it's already prohibited.


Otherwise what a totally absurd ruling. Way to punch a huge hole in racers back pockets. I'll be amazed that, if Pat fails to get in, this will stand.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:11 am
by Illuminate
Another change of rules (sigh). The sooner the market-fixing UCI are disbanded with a grass roots run organisation established in their place, the better off the sport will be.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:35 am
by Murphs
I think the current rule is 100mm, barring the likes of the Zipp 1080.

Since it's coming from Paul Lew, in a bikerumor article, I'm taking it with a pinch of salt

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:37 pm
by CarlosFerreiro
There is no current depth limit on UCI wheels, it just means that the wheel will have to go through impact testing.
The only 100mm maximum depth rule I know about comes from a CTT (English timetrialling association) requirement to have a minimum 45% open area on front wheels, knocking out Zipp 1080s, Hed H3D etc

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:19 am
by mjduct
Cavendish will have the give up his beloved ZIPP 808's

maybe he'll sell them to me cheap!

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:46 am
by Post Man Pat
Tinea Pedis wrote:
alexh wrote:Without a limit people would soon be using disc wheels for flatter races.

Except for the fact that it's already prohibited.


Otherwise what a totally absurd ruling. Way to punch a huge hole in racers back pockets. I'll be amazed that, if Pat fails to get in, this will stand.


if discs are prohibited, how then did someone ride the olympic time trial dual disc. I'm pretty sure they still follow UCI rules.
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Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:30 am
by ElDuderino
no discs allowed in mass start races. TT it's obviously allowed.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:43 am
by airwise
I'd go further if it were me. We appear to be seeing a lot of crashes in the peleton these days - 65kg blokes getting sudden crosswinds cannot be ruled out as a contributor to this.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:47 am
by Tinea Pedis
Post Man pat

UCI events will limit wheel depth to 65mm for mass start events


:thumbup:



airwise, why not ban light riders? That makes about as much sense as banning deep wheels on the notion it's blowing professional riders off the road.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:07 am
by airwise
I'm not saying it blows them off the road. It quite possibly causes them to make corrections that can result in touching wheels or a sudden change in speed. The errors may be small but the margins are very small too. Are you saying the laws of physics don't apply to professionals? People seem to have remarkably high opinions of these riders ;)

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:22 am
by Tinea Pedis
I'm only basing my opinions from having raced with and against them.

Re: Starting in 2014, UCI events will limit wheel depth to 6

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:55 am
by hansonator69
airwise wrote:Are you saying the laws of physics don't apply to professionals?

new performance enhancing LSD makes one think so.