Friday, March 18, 2011

New Pinarello? : FCM777

A new UCI approval procedure for frames and forks came into force on January 1, 2011. The procedure ultimately leads to the award of a label certifying that new models are in accordance with the requirements of UCI regulations.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has approved the first group of models of frames and forks following requests submitted by their manufacturers. The approved models belong to the following brands: Richard Sachs Cycles, Scott Sports SA, Cicli Pinarello S.p.A., Willier Triestina S.p.A. (the Wilier 799 ?), Felt Bicycles, Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, BMC Trading AG and Corima SA. As of March 15th the UCI had received approval requests from 17 manufacturers – including several leaders in the bicycle market – for more than 40 models. The UCI will communicate the names of the labelled models as they are approved.

Interestingly, one of the approved frames is from Pinarello, listed as:
Frame: FCM777
Fork: FCM777
Category: Road

After some complaints came to light from the SKY team about the weight of the DOGMA could the 777 signify the weight of the new frame? Or, could it be the use of a new carbon fiber? Time will tell but it appears there is a new frame on the way because the models that must be certified under this new procedure are:
· all new models of frames and forks used by licence holders in road, track or cyclo-cross
· all models of frames and forks under development on 1 January 2011 which had not yet
reached the production stage (the date of the order form of the moulds is evidence),
· any changes made to the geometry of existing models after 1 January 2011.

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