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Question on rules and flat barsralbert
Nov 6, 2003 5:53 PM
Hi. Not here to discuss the merits or drawbacks of flatbars, just trying to clarify the rules on non-drop bars. My understanding is that unless i'm planning on doing 'A' races at UCI sanctioned events, then i'm cool using flat bars. Is this correct? Are other 'A' races (like USCF or other foundations that i'm forgetting) bar-restricted as well? thanks!!
re: Question on rules and flat barsatpjunkie
Nov 6, 2003 9:14 PM
flat bars are fine, just no extensions (bar ends). Frischii and half the Swiss Team rode flats in the worlds in the late 90's. Maybe the UCi changed the rule since then but it's just no bar ends.
I think the...Dwayne Barry
Nov 7, 2003 5:49 AM
UCI did change the rules recently to stop the use of flat bars.
I think the...boing
Nov 7, 2003 8:50 AM
I have a feeling that there is a restriction on width
I think the...dlbcx
Nov 8, 2003 12:26 AM
Yeah, the maximum width for UCI race is 35mm. Again, only applies to those races for elite men and women; juniors and U23.
Talked to the local rep about the disc brake issue. He was not too sure why UCI banned disc brakes but his theory is that UCI wanted to keep cross bike and mtn bike technology from overlapping. However, he believes that within a year or two that the bike mfr's will put pressure on UCI to allow disc brakes. So, that's the skinny...
What is only 35mm?...TFerguson
Nov 8, 2003 2:37 PM
First I thought you meant overall width in cm, but that would be a very narrow bar.

What is only 35mm?...dlbcx
Nov 9, 2003 9:55 PM
Tire width is limited to 35mm.
It's the same as the new disc ruleiktome
Nov 7, 2003 1:45 PM
flat bars are not allowed at UCI categories in UCI events. so if you're racing a B or C class at what is otherwise a UCI event, you can run flat bars. but if you're in the elite men/women or U23, you have to run drop bars. at non-UCI events you can run flat bars in all categories.
It's the same as the new disc ruleJan Gerrit Klok
Nov 9, 2003 9:53 AM
how do they define a dropbar? a flat could be just a cut-off drop bar. STI's are just like barends, too.
Anyone found the rule in the UCI book? My pc it too slow to download...