Flo Testing for UCI Approval?

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Flo Testing for UCI Approval?

Postby jdurbin6 » July 9th, 2017, 8:08 am

Is Flo Cycling currently pursuing certifying their wheels to UCI compliance?

I checked the most current UCI approved wheel list, and Flo is not on there.

According to UCI's website, a manufacturer needs to perform rupture testing according to UCI's procedure and send a confirmation of a successful test to UCI in order for the product to be approved.

Sounds simple enough - is Flo planning to do this?

Are there plans to get the wheels UCI compliant?

It's an important requirement for me so that I can race with them (I'm sure many others are thinking the same!),
so I'd love to hear what Flo is planning.

Link to UCI's page:
http://www.uci.ch/inside-uci/rules-and- ... nt-165067/

wheel approval procedure:
http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rule ... nglish.pdf
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Re: Flo Testing for UCI Approval?

Postby Chris Thornham » July 10th, 2017, 6:57 pm

jdurbin6 wrote:Is Flo Cycling currently pursuing certifying their wheels to UCI compliance?

I checked the most current UCI approved wheel list, and Flo is not on there.

According to UCI's website, a manufacturer needs to perform rupture testing according to UCI's procedure and send a confirmation of a successful test to UCI in order for the product to be approved.

Sounds simple enough - is Flo planning to do this?

Are there plans to get the wheels UCI compliant?

It's an important requirement for me so that I can race with them (I'm sure many others are thinking the same!),
so I'd love to hear what Flo is planning.

Link to UCI's page:
http://www.uci.ch/inside-uci/rules-and- ... nt-165067/

wheel approval procedure:
http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rule ... nglish.pdf


Thanks for writing. We have looked into UCI approval before and the cost associated with doing so is in the 10s of thousands of dollars. I understand your desire for UCI approval, but at the current time, the large investment doesn't make the best sense simply because the market for UCI approved wheels is really very small. It's not that we will never do it, we just aren't planning on doing it in the near future. I hope you understand.
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Re: Flo Testing for UCI Approval?

Postby jdurbin6 » August 11th, 2017, 11:12 am

Chris, thanks for responding.

I'm surprised that the cost is so high, and I can understand the hesitance to spend those dollars.

Your comment "the market for UCI approved wheels is really very small" surprised me, so maybe I don't understand where the UCI rules are required.

I thought all USA cycling road or criterium races require wheels to be UCI mass-start approved, is that your understanding also?

If so, entering any USA Cycling sanctioned race requires UCI sanctioned wheels, which would apply to almost all bike riders, with triathletes being the unique exception.

Could you clarify this for me Chris? I'm not trying to start an argument, just want to understand it better.


Chris Thornham wrote:
jdurbin6 wrote:Is Flo Cycling currently pursuing certifying their wheels to UCI compliance?

Thanks for writing. We have looked into UCI approval before and the cost associated with doing so is in the 10s of thousands of dollars. I understand your desire for UCI approval, but at the current time, the large investment doesn't make the best sense simply because the market for UCI approved wheels is really very small. It's not that we will never do it, we just aren't planning on doing it in the near future. I hope you understand.
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