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Frames from five bicycle manufacturers pass UCI muster

UCI label for the Felt DA
UCI label for the Felt DA

BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — The UCI has a new equipment page on its website that links to a list of frames and forks that have undergone the new UCI approval process. The first round of frames was approved a few days ago.

So far the list includes five manufacturers and reveals their model names. Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo, Pinarello’s FCM777, Corima’s VIF, Felt’s DA and Richard Sachs’ cyclocross frame are the first to join the UCI-Approved club. Many more are expected to suit.

Interestingly, Felt was not required to submit the DA for approval but decided to anyway. Doug Martin said that the company did it because “the UCI approval process is the Premier Executive line to the start of a time trial. For us the cost is worth it to take the subjectivity out of the equation when one of our athletes heads to the start line.”

The list is also a bit of a peek into what manufacturers have coming down the pipeline. The Cannondale SuperSix Evo is a new lighter version of the SuperSix with frame weights approaching 700 grams. Undertaking the time and expense of the UCI approval process means that Cannondale has finalized its design and is ready for production.