The new regulations on the inclination of the brake buttons limit the inclination to 10 degrees and have begun to be applied in 2024 as had announced the body that regulates international cycling. This has caused some challenges for cyclists who were comfortable with twisted levers, such as Juan Ayuso, Pello Bilbao, and Alberto Bettiol. The pace is not being easy for some cyclists, such as exponents of the new generation like Juan Ayuso or more experienced cyclists like Pello Bilbao or Alberto Bettiol who were comfortable with twisted levers.
The UCI has not sent the teams the file to develop this tool and the demand in the peloton is real: “We see that the UCI stewards and the teams do not have the right tool. I have obtained the UCI file and I have developed its instrument and now I am working on a prototype that will improve it.” “This prototype is a 3D print of PLA or polylactic acid (thermoplastic made from renewable resources) and the important thing is that “We can quickly adjust the lever to the UCI criteria,” adds the engineer.
Stewards with the gray UCI vest, meter in hand, measuring the angle of the levers with respect to the handlebars. The new regulations on the inclination of the brake buttons limit the inclination to 10 degrees and have begun to be applied in 2024 as had announced the body that regulates international cycling. And now the teams are looking for solutions.
There have been several seasons seeking to gain more aerodynamics, especially on the flat and on the downhills, after the UCI itself prevented resting the elbows on the handlebars and, now, we must adapt to the new rules. The biomechanical engineer, Enrique Broseta, from his Ergo studio Cycling, is developing a new tool so that teams can adjust to this new UCI legislation in a quick and effective way. “I am developing this prototype because the tool proposed by the UCI is a bit confusing and can cause errors. I am developing a product so that the measurement can be simpler,” comments Enrique. During the interview, an order went out to a World Tour team. The peloton puts out elbows to acquire the UCI last.
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