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UCI-Approved bikes? Not quite yet …

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Jan. 20, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM EST


The UCI has delayed the implementation of its new frame and fork approval process until February 1st and will then present a revised version of the process.

The initial reaction to the approval process was extremely negative from the cycling industry. Criticisms included costs in the $14,000 range per model as well as delays in the manufacturing process. Some industry figures said that the UCI was simply trying to generate revenue and that there was no “added value” associated with having their products approved as the UCI has asserted.

However, after the most recent meeting between the cycling industry, the World Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry and the UCI, many industry people left feeling that they had been heard by the UCI for the first time ever.

The UCI’s technical coordinator, Julien Carron, confirmed the positive exchange in a letter to the industry announcing the delay. “The UCI has decided to modify certain points of the procedure. We will contact you again before the end of next week in order to inform you of a procedure that has been adjusted to take your contributions into account.”

Carron then thanked those who attended the January 13 and 14 meeting in Aigle, Switzerland for their comments.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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