Why Equipment Will Be Banned In 2019 | GCN Tech Show Ep. 48

(swooshing) – Welcome to the GCN Tech Show. – This week, we look at
products that could be banned under a new UCI regulation. – [Jon] Controversial. – [Oliver] We also look at
carbon filament winding, the bike vault, your upgrades, bike of the week, loads. – Yeah, that’s old news. This is back. (alarm ringing) (upbeat music) – According to a revised
UCI equipment regulation, 1.3.006, to be precise, there’s gonna be a
shake-up of the equipment that’s allowed in races for 2019. We love a shakeup don’t we ? – We do, yeah. So let’s actually outline the brief story so far then, without actually reading the UCI regs because they’re, well, a little bit boring to be perfectly honest. Anyway, the brief outline then, like I said, is that all equipment, or bikes and accessories being used in competition must be commercially available. However, this isn’t
necessarily the case because, well, bikes and equipment or bikes and accessories isn’t everything, is it? It’s not equipment, per se. So, it wasn’t that heavily
monitored in the past, was it? Because we used to see
a few items being used which, well we thought
were a little bit hard to get hold of. – Yeah, but it appears that the UCI is now employing a new resident geek to check on this. – Oh you didn’t tell me
I had a new job Oliver. Thank-you very much.
(laughs) – Well the new resident geek is going to be tasked with
monitoring all the bikes and equipment that are used by riders. The key thing here is that they need to be available to purchase
12 months after they’ve first been used in competition. – Oh this one’s interesting too because the equipment must
be publicly advertised with pricing and delivered within 120
days of placing your orders. I can see that being
a massive headache for plenty of brands out there. – Well yeah. And I think this is something that seems a bit muddy. It’s not exactly clear because we’ve seen a lot of equipment in the past that hasn’t really been
commercially available. So you’ve emailed the
UCI for clarification on this haven’t you? – I have yeah. And I don’t like having to do this sort of thing, really, because it’s a little bit awkward because well, I don’t know, I’m not going to be buying this stuff specifically but we’re doing it just for you. So anyway I asked does this new regulation apply purely for new
equipment from 2019 onwards or does it also apply
to equipment which we’ve seen being used in the past. So the specific one which
pops to the front of my mind is the UK Sport
Institute track bike of the Great Briton cycle team. Always controversial. Plenty of other nations have always said that the equipment that
they’re using isn’t fair and such liking. And if they had rounder
wheels at one point I remember that story. However as of yet I don’t have a reply from the UCI. – Well. – Yeah. Now there’s other
teams as well isn’t there. – Well yeah, there’s
other nations like the Germans who have used things on the track that are not available.
– Yes the FPS track bike. Yeah Adam Hanseen’s shoes as well. – Yeah now we’re not having a pop at the Great Britan team because obviously, well, we’re British and we like to see them win medals. Adam Hanseen he’s one of our mates. – Yeah only say that because I want Adam Hanseen’s shoes, they’re so cool. But every time you go on the Adam Hanseen sort of shoe website they’re always out of stock. – Yeah, always sold out. – Yeah. – You’ve got to get them to us within a 120 days from now on apparently. But again we want the
clarification of this. And also there’s other things isn’t there? There’s like chain sets you see being used on the track. It’s always track cyclists
who seems to go that to the nth degree isn’t it? Just that little bit further. Marginal gains. – Yeah a lot of skin suits as well. But the interesting thing
here is we want to know do we even need a ruling on this? Do we need to be able to buy these bits? Do they need to be commercially available? Do you want to be able to buy these things You know, let us know in the comments how you feel about this because — – It’s almost the care in
racing that we discussed a couple of weeks ago isn’t it? You know that whole level playing field. That’s essentially what it is though because you, well, what you can use is what customers can buy too, and also your competitors and such like as opposed
to having something custom made, you know,
in a special factory somewhere using space-aged technologies. Plus if teams do break the rules, Ollie, there’s a big fine to be had. Possible disqualification as well as a fine of up
to 100,000 Swiss franks. – That’s big isn’t it.
– Yeah. So you can be actually disqualified, you can have race results
taken away from you after you’ve won the race if it was found that you were using a bike or some tires or something that aren’t
commercially available. – Yeah, now if you were
the UCI resident geek and you had to tell someone
that they were disqualified when would you do it? Straight after the race, or? – No, Christmas day. – Scrooge. – I’d come knocking
Christmas day (laughs). – Imagine that. It’s a worse nightmare. Him at your door and on Christmas day. Anyway let us know what you think about it down there in the comments. – Last week we spoke about graphene and it’s potential
applications in cycling. And we asked you is it all just hype or will it have actual
useful applications? And here are some of your comments. – Yeah you got well and truly stuck in as ever and we absolutely love that, don’t we? Now sandrochiavaro says GCN Tech does Ollie’s
hair have graphene in it on this episode? Well. – Well in this episode, no. – No it doesn’t does it? – No, it did last week but it’s really expensive and I’ve used it all and I’m going to have to take out a payday loan so that I can buy some more. – The good news is next
week he’ll have some more won’t you?
(laughs) And have that payday loan. – Now Kieran Berney said
graphene circuits in clothing for heating clothing keeping muscles warm in our delightful weather in England. Kieran 100% with you on that one because as you can see or hear I’m not well at the moment am I? I’m bit poorly. – Yeah I would love to see that Kieran if you can go make that happen make it so. – Yes exactly. Martin Fisker, pencils, oh wait. – Yeah, like (laughs). (groans in unison) Chris smith commented first with an alternative phrase to marginal gains which he suggests should be infinitesimal enhancements. – Oh there we are. That really rolls off tongue doesn’t it? – Yeah, it’s easy for me to say. – Yeah it is indeed. – It’s infin — – Infinite, small, inflisal — hang on. – [Computer Speaking] Infinitesimal Infinitesimal. – Infinitesimal. – Additional graphene uses could include stronger, lighter carbon rims. The ability to monitor
tire pressures through the rim with a smartphone app. Sounds like quite an
inventor doesn’t he, Chris? – Yeah well maybe that’s because of using the conductive
powers of graphene to make some sort of sensor or
something within the wheel as well but that would be really cool. Why not? And he also suggests a few other sensors and things that you know high tech, things that could be
integrated into clothing, so things like monitoring vitals and GPS tracking and you know improvements to power meters. Things like that would be really cool. – Yeah I mentioned last week about how badly I wanted those
really really really really fast charging batteries. Well Aoi_Demon, James Monzon, and another James all
said that graphene is in rechargeable batteries for drones and other remote-controlled or radio-controlled apparatus too. So there we are. Looks like I’m going to have to get myself a drone for no other reason then having a really really really fast charging battery. Who else do we have then? – Yeah well James McGuckin says I love the feel of steel, he’s not a fan of graphene. – Obviously not. – Doesn’t like the idea of it. He says I haven’t ridden
anything that feels better than steel. Graphene Nahh! (laughs) – Has tech evolves it always effects the price upwards. Great for the corporates and multinationals but
always more expensive for us consumers. I have to sort of disagree with that. I think prices of things generally go up with inflation but — – Yeah, the price of carbon frames has gone down and down hasn’t it? – Massively down compared to it and you know you look at power meters and things and smart trainers as things recently. Prices of these things do incrementally come down. – Yeah, and it’s not just
the bike world is it? You look at flat screen TVs. They used to cost thousands and thousands didn’t they? – Well yeah. – Don’t do anymore. We don’t agree with you on that one. Pierce Turner, who’s a graphene scientist. – I like this comment. – Yeah, graphene scientist here. Yup there’s loads of hype and furthermore a lot of commercially available graphene
isn’t actually graphene, just thin graphite. He suggests Google the
war on fake graphene for a nice article on this. – Yeah, and he agrees with what we said in the video as well which was the first
uses of graphene will be an additive in composite materials rather than just things being made outright out of graphene. – Yeah because that wouldn’t necessarily work that well. – Yeah but he says
there’s some interesting emerging commercial
products using graphene and apparently Ford, which I imagine the Ford Motor Corp., using graphene-enhanced
thermal insulating polymers. That’d be pretty cool. – Yeah. Use them for something. – Maybe make jackets that are warmer. – Yeah with integrated circuit boards. Stop people getting colds. (coughs) Told you I was ill. And finally DemenTwo says well I guess my five years
of studying chemistry brought me a generally understanding of the GCN Tech Show. That was worth it. Yeah last week was quite intense. Ollie got, well his grubby little hands, grubby with graphene. – Yeah against my 10 years of studying chemistry was totally worth it. – 10 years. – I think, I don’t even
know if it was 10 years. – Be less for murder. – It was more than 10 years, I think. – Blimey. – More tech now and Hunt has an exciting
new carbon-spoked wheel set that weighs just 1290 grams a pair. Now while a really light-weight carbon wheel set with carbon spokes is exciting for me at any rate the most exciting thing here is the manufacturing process. – Yeah so Hunt’s using a process called filament winding which
has actually been around for quite a while in all honesty. And we have seen a few
other wheel companies start to use it. But it’s got serious
implications for carbon wheels. But a little bit of background here is that traditionally carbon rims are actually made by forming pre-preg carbon around a mold and then it’s made in a similar way to how loop frames are made on that great video which you made recently on it. – Yeah so traditionally you would have a sheet of carbon and then this would have
been cut into pieces and laid up by hand. But filament winding actually uses a robot to knit the wheels. – I like the sound of this. – It’s like the robot grandma. Traditionally filament
winding was used to make wrap-around tube sections and nothing else because more complex
shapes weren’t possible. However advancements in tech have made more possibilities, well more complex shapes like wheel rims something that can be made. Now the advantages of
filament winding are numerous. But one of things is that you
get a much more consistent and higher quality final product because it’s done by a robot and not by hand. And one of the other
things is that you actually have better quality carbon
fiber potentially out of it as well because you can use less resin. Now pre-preg resin already has, well pre-preg carbon
already has the resin in it. But the filament winding process works by actually taking strands of just carbon, passing it through resin and applying the resin
as the carbon is wrapped into a wheel shape and laid up that way. But perhaps the best thing
about filament winding could be that because
it’s a machine you’re massively reducing manufacturing costs which could be passed on to the consumer meaning more affordable
wheels for everyone. – Right now moving on to
something completely different. Now we’ve already spoke about the UCI and I’m going to get back to them again. Because there are some new frames that are on the horizon for 2019 but how do we know this? Well you’ve got to scour or stalk the UCI list of approved frames and forks for the forthcoming season. So just recently there’s
been two new additions and most noticeably are the ones of Argon 18, they’ve got a new TT frame
coming out it looks like. So that’s UCI approved so it means that it can be used in competition in UCT sanctioned events. And also a new Bianchi called the Sprint. Now initially I thought
that’ll probably be a track bike because sprint always
seems to be associated with track doesn’t it? – We’re not quite sure what that one is. – It’s down as a road frame. – Is it? – So there we are, yeah. So keep your eyes peeled
maybe you will see it. – And the moment you spot it — – Let us know. – It has to be 12 months from then, you have to be able to buy it. – Yeah exactly. So presumably it has been used somewhere. I don’t know. Who does know? Like you can’t help but wonder can you? There’s murky waters
around that UCI regulation. Anyway more tech next week. (drilling) (cash register dings) Now time for that part of the show where you could win the delightful kapron as
modeled here by Oliver. Now how do you get to be with a chance? Well you have to submit
photos of your upgrades of either you bike, your home trainer, anything cycle related using the uploader tool below. We love looking through them don’t we? – We do. Now before we go any further this week I need to draw
your attention to this. Mark and Kim previously won with their tandem bike which they upgraded. – [Jon] Oh yeah, the Canada. – Yeah and being a tandem we decided that it was only best to send out not one but two kaprons and they sent us this
video of them in use. Check this out. (upbeat music) – Blimey. I reckon they’ll probably go out and set time trial course records ablaze. Nation wide. – And fight bike-related crimes as well. (laughs) – As you would do really wouldn’t you on a tandem. – I’ve bene using mine for cooking. – I’ve noticed, yeah. What have you been cooking recently? – Souffles. – A storm. Right, anyway, we’ve got to announce our last week’s winner and well it was taught. That Cannondale there, apparently according to Ollie it had stopped taking Viagra. – [Oliver] Well it had. – Anyway right well
let’s move on from that. Get in touch with us Todd on Facebook. We’ll arrange delivery
of a kapron for you. – What have we got this week? – Right then well first up this week is Justin from Los Alamitos in California. Now this is an 1984
Rally U.S.A. Grand Pre. – [Oliver] Oh, though
if you pronounce Rally. – [Jon] Rally. – [Oliver] No it’s Raly. – [Joh] Raly, okay. Okay now Justin’s neighbor
was throwing out this 1984 Rally U.S.A. Grand Pre. The paint was trashed and it was missing half of the components. (sad music) Using the parts Justin
had around his garage, Justin was able to make it usable again. Justin stripped the paint off after noticing it was
chrome-plated underneath. That downtube shifters
weren’t working out well. So Justin picked up a cheap
Ultegra 6600 Group Set. Justin fell in love with the steel frame so decided to do a bigger build on it. Carbon forks, physique saddle, and bar tape. And zip bars in step. Justin alternates between
the Rolf and Dura x wheel sets. Justine wasn’t finished though. He went for the Ultegra 6800 Group Set because he couldn’t pass up the deal. The only thing that is
original to the bike is the frame and seat post. Big big big transformation there. – Wow. – Yeah look at it. – Wowsers. – And it looked a right
old heap before, didn’t it? – Wow, well it literally was. It was a heap of bits in a shed. That’s an incredible transformation. – And who’s Justin up again there mate? – Justin is up again Joseph from Maryland in the U.S.A. – How would you say that if you were from Maryland in the U.S.A.? – Maryland. – Okay there we are. Just for clarification purposes obviously. (laughs) – I don’t actually know. I’m not sure of the Maryland accent. – No, let us know in
the comments down below. (laughs) – So Joseph bought a brand new specialized Langster
from his local bike shop a few years ago. Now it’s fairly hilly
around where Joseph lives and he, you know, made it
a single speed with brakes. It was the cheaper model because Joseph wasn’t sure he was going to like riding it downhill. And Justin fell in love with the change of riding style and piece by piece Justin
upgrade every single part down to the water bottle cage bolts. Justin has just got it
back from the painter and he totally forgot
to take a before photo but the pic from the
catalog should suffice. We’ll accept it on this occasion. – Yeah we will on this one occasion but normally we don’t
really like catalog images do we? Because well you cold be telling us a porky pie
(laughs) otherwise known as a lie. Not saying you are though. – Yeah we believe you Justin. But my tommy gun don’t. (laughs) It’s getting near Christmas so that’s a Home Alone reference. – Anyway right, so there’s the before one. The old specialized Langster. Very popular bike back in the day wouldn’t it there? – [Oliver] Yeah. That is — – [Jon] You used to see a lot of those. – [Oliver] Look at it now in front of that American gas fueling station. Do you know last week in the buy book we had a pink bike and I said that I didn’t like pink bikes but I like that one. I’m completely contradicting myself. That looks wicked. Do you remember Zdeněk Štybar’s pink bike? – [Jon] Yes. That was beautiful that wouldn’t it? – Which one are you voting for? – Justin. Justin, because I really do just like the before and after of that. ‘Cause I just believe him. – Well I’m going for Joe. – Look at the dog as well
behind the back wheel. At first I thought it was
a bit of photo shopping but it’s not. It’s just a ledge isn’t it that it’s on. Yeah anyway let us know who’s it going to be? Is it going to be Justin? Is it going to be Joseph? Vote up there. Next week we will reveal the results won’t we? And we’ll have two more battling it out. – Bike of the week. (laughs) – Bike of the week time. – Bike of the week time now. Last week we had the 4.28 kilogram heavily modified, customized Cannondale from Stephen Roche verses the 40,000 dollar Peugeot. – Who was the winner? – Overwhelming, 86%, Stephen
Roche’s custom Cannondale. – Yeah I’m not really surprised on that. Peugeot did take a bit of flack didn’t it for $40,000. – Yeah I, I perfer Stephen’s bike. I think that Cannondale was wicked. Some really cool ideas on
there that he’s done as well. – Nice looking bike. Now this weekend is between a couple cyclocross bikes from
the Cyclocross World Cup cyclocorss event over the weekend. First up is the trip
boon of Katie Compton. Lovely looking bike. That I do like it. A little bit of customization here and there. – Yeah. – So up against the Colngo prestige of Lauren Sweet. Which is nice too isn’t it? You don’t see many Colngo
cross bikes really. I think they only made one in fact. – Yeah you don’t. Which one do you like. – Yeah I actually quite like the Colngo but I’ll probable go with
the Trek to be honest. But anyway it’s not about us is it? Votes up there. Lauren’s or Katie. The Trek or the Colnago, you decide. Votes up there. Next week we will reveal the results and have two more head-to-head. They’ll go to battle. Give me some of that. (car tires screeching) Yes. This is back. – What’s that? – This is the alarm. Try it. – The alarm? – Try it. Press that little red button. Go on. Don’t be shy. (alarm ringing) Yeah. Whoa stop stop. That’s what people get
if they get super nice. Right okay, first off Andrew
from Stratford upon Avon in the UK. This is Andrew’s Wiliov GTR Grand Turismo. Sounds like a computer game. It’s got R8 1000 Ultegra. FSA handlebars, XeNTiS
squad 5.8 carbon wheels with DT Swiss hubs. Colm GP 4000 S2 tires. What do you reckon
about that bad boy then? – [Oliver] Well I think
that is a very cleverly composed photo. The way he’s integrated
that statue to sort of admire and present his bike is ingenious. I’m almost tempted to
give him a super nice just for that. [Jon] A bit of artistic flair coming out from Andrew in Stratford upon Avon there. [Oliver] Well it is a nice bike. I like the gold on the white frame, is a nice GTR. – [Jon] He’s got it
all lined up perfectly. The dials, the gear.
– The dial. The cranks. – [Oliver] I mean it’s textbook. No stem, you know no
steering above the stem, I mean he’s ticking the boxes, I mean that’s — – [Jon] He’s pulled it out of the box hasn’t he? – [Oliver] He has. Super nice. – [Jon] Do it. (alarm ringing) Alright stop stop. Right okay. Who’s up next then? – We’ve got Daniel from Hong Kong. – Large place. Now I’ve never been actually. Have you been? – No I’ve not been to Hong Kong. – Daniel alright. – A custom finished raw, in brackets naked, Toyo, Toyo frame, roadess custom built with a bunch of exotic parts. So he’s got a raw steel
finish which is very, very nice. – [Jon] That’s nice looking isn’t it. – [Oliver] Dura Ace 9000 shifters, THM clavicula crank,
very light very exotic. KMC gold chain. – Some of that, yeah. Thank-you. – [Oliver] Yeah and EE brakes. – [Jon] They’re lightweight as well aren’t they? – [Oliver] Very light. Very light. I had a pair of those. And he’s got some lightweight
mileage time wheels which well you’re not going to get much more bling than that. Very tidy looking bike isn’t it? I tell what I particular like on this one. It’s that bar tape. I’ve not seen bar tapes like that. Polka dot or spotty bar tape. I like it. – [Jon] I wonder if it’s reflectable. – [Oliver] I like it. Reflectable? New word. – Well yeah reflectable materials. (laughs) I’m not very well. You should know that. Right I wonder — – [Oliver] Yes I know he’s not in the smallest string at the back. – [Jon] No he’s not in the 11 is he? – [Oliver] The crank isn’t quite level. The valves aren’t quite level. But I think it’s scraping
in as a super nice there because the rest of it he’s just so — – [Jon] The finishing is killing it. It’s absolutely spot on. – Are we good on this? We both agree. – Yeah yeah yeah yeah. I mean we want it it’s in Hong Kong. (alarm ringing) Hong Kong beckons for us. Thank-you Daniel. Alright next up, Victor
from Oxford in the UK. This bad boy. Check that out. Yes. – [Oliver] It’s one of
Chris Boardman’s Lotus sport bikes. – [Jon] Yeah, I mean
look Mavic comete wheel, Mavic 3g, syntake bars,
you’ve got MDT elbow pads on there as well. I mean MDT, they were like
the cutting edge of aero back in the day. Is that a flying saddle. Looks like one, can’t quite see, yeah. It’s a beauty. – I mean Victor can you let us know do you actual ride that out on the road? And if so how often? And where? ‘Cause that’s incredible. – Bring it in, bring it in. – I’d love to turn up to a time trial and I see Victor or it’s a club ride and see Victor rolling around on that. – In fact Victor just
come in to the GCN center get in touch with us on Facebook mate or just drop us an email, something like that. We want to see that bike in the flesh, don’t we? – It’s an absolute classic bike. And it’s in good, isn’t it? I think for me that’s super nice. – [Jon] It’s one of the
most iconic bikes ever. – [Oliver] Yeah. (alarm ringing) – Super nice, all day every day. Twenty-four seven y’all. Alright who’s next? – Thomas from London. He’s got a Columbias SLX frame on a Cinelli bottom bracket, made to look like it’s Cinelli super course – [Jon] Alright it’s not a genuine one but just sort of, oh I see what he’s done there, yeah. He’s got the Cinelli logos, red frame crow ridge. – [Oliver] Obvious it looks really classy doesn’t it? – [Jon] Power forks, straight forks, like the old Colnago star forks I think they were the power blades. – [Oliver] Yes, very — – [Jon] Bora wheels. I think something’s
holding you back Oliver. You’re not jumping out here are you? – [Oliver] Well the
bike isn’t jumping out. – Do you know why? I think it’s because
normally on a steel frame we don’t see such aggressive position. That’s pretty aggressive. It’s quite slammed isn’t it? It’s slammed, it looks low res, on steel bikes we always
seem them a little more sort of even aren’t they? – [Oliver] I mean it’s a nice bike, it’s just I think it’s getting lost a bit on the background of the photo which is making it difficult for me to see it. Like I think if it was
on a clearer, cleaner background I could see
the color of it pop more. And also being colorblind
it’s basically camouflage. – [Jon] See I don’t know
if you’re colorblind or not. I think you’re pulling my leg. – [Olive] No I am genuinely colorblind. – I don’t know, right? – It’s one of life’s enduring mysteries. – Right okay but you’re
going to give that a nice aren’t you. – Nice. – Yeah, and for me I would have liked to see it a bit closer up, if I’m honest. It was just not quite close enough but nice bike. – So next we have Yan from Denmark. He’s sent in his daughter’s city bike. It weighs 10 and a half kilos and it was made by Yan by hand and it’s wooden. And it’s hollow. – [Jon] That is beautiful. – [Oliver] It’s intriguing, yeah. – [Jon] I mean you can
come in to the GCN Tech studio as well, bring it in. – [Oliver] It’s amazing that he’s made it by hand himself. – [Jon] Interesting handlebars I must say. They’re like those trekking bars. Yeah. Once again though,
nice or super nice? Because it’s kind of, Yan
has thrown us a curve ball hasn’t he? – [Oliver] It’s a curve ball because it’s not what we normally put in there. But I think the fact
that he’s made it himself and it’s wooden.
– It’s wood. And it’s been bespoke done. And I think he’s poured his heart and soul into it. – It’s got to be super nice.
– Super nice. Yeah super nice. (alarm ringing) Right anyway I hope
that you’ve enjoyed this special edition of the bike vote with the buzzer is back. First time you’ve seen it actually isn’t it? – It is. – Anyway submit your images for your bike down there by using the uploader tool. Get involved. There we are, nearly time
for the end of the show. But don’t worry, don’t cry, because we’ve got loads more great content coming up for you. On Saturday we’ve got
GCN’s World Tour of Bikes which is kind of just like a results show for the most successful bikes out there. – Yeah, what is the most
successful bike in the world tour of 2018? – Yeah, find out. – I’m looking forward to finding out. – Find out on Saturday. On Sunday you get to
come inside one of the rarest of bike shops in the world which I’ve checked out in Japan. – Well on Monday we’ve got maintenance. – Yeah, how to winterize your bike. – That’s one of yours isn’t it? – Yeah it is one of mine indeed. Wednesday GCN Tech lane and Thursday back in
here for another episode of the Tech Show, yes. – And made sure you check
out the GCN shop because Christmas is coming. – It is, yeah, – There’s loads of potential great things you can get on there as
little Christmas presents, mugs– – What are you going to buy me? – I’m going to get you a mug, a GCN mug. – Thanks mate. – Yeah. – Cool. Right anyway for two more
great videos how about clicking down here. Where else should they click? – On your snot. – Oh no! (laughs)

100 comments on “Why Equipment Will Be Banned In 2019 | GCN Tech Show Ep. 48”

  1. GCN Tech says:

    Did we miss any equipment that might get banned? Let us know 👇

  2. Lyndon1015 says:

    I'm not a pro. Using their gear wouldn't make me a stronger or better cyclist. I can't even afford a group set nor a new bike,so it doesn't even matter..

  3. jonnelsonjdn says:

    It's so weird hearing Ollie speak with a slightly southern drawl!

  4. Brelon May says:

    All the brand would need to do to get around the new ruling is list the new item for an unreasonably large price. Maybe a few super-rich people would buy the item. They wouldn't need to keep a large stock of anything as the demand would be super low. I don't think this is the right way to go about leveling a playing field.

  5. george byrne says:

    I think the UCI rule is fair enough because the bike companies market their bikes on the back of their success on the Pro Tour. Consumers spending big money on a bike probably assume they're getting a pro-level machine, but in truth it's probably just a replica of the tailor-made highly customised and specialised pro machine.

  6. Ross Thomson says:

    Are you presenting sideways as it’s more aero Olly? Are you riding side saddle?!

  7. Jim DeCamp says:

    Do you want cycling to be like Formula 1 or NASCAR? I, for one, think innovation should be encouraged and rewarded.

  8. Bunny Wong says:

    I can think of one product that the Pro has been using for years which we are unable to purchase: The Conti Pro LTD tubular tires.

  9. Joseph Farran says:

    Corgi photobomb in the pink bike transformation pic!

  10. Thomas Hemming Larsen says:

    What about the Continental Competition Pro Limited? Can you actually buy those as a normal person?

  11. Phil Weatherley says:

    Regulations and bureaucratic limits put a brake on developments. Stagnation is usually the result of straight-jacket regulation. Empires and nations fail due to stagnation, the history is there. Russia's Communist Totalitarianism, China's Feudal empire,, Ottoman's Theocracy empire – they all failed – caused by preference for stability over change. It is philosophically wrong to limit genuine progress from start to finish.

  12. J Ballot says:

    Mar-UH-lend. And Marylanders pronounce Baltimore, "BALL-mer." Watch "The Wire" to get the full Maryland experience.

  13. Critical Mile says:

    Jon, hahahhahaahhaaaa, I needed that👍

  14. Parker Gregory says:

    UCI. United Communist Idiots

  15. BMAC8691 says:

    Keep the buzzer!!!

  16. Trevor Nye says:

    I am not really bothered what the world teams use. The development of "parts" is needed to improve our riding in general

  17. Brazz75 says:

    Did anyone else see the wooden bike at La Vuelta this year that the owner was getting all the pros to sign?

  18. Juan Asencio says:

    UCI this is enough. these excess rules, in my opinion, have reached it's limit. not only do we love to see new tech been tested by pro's, but what makes you think you can monitor products be available 12 months after being used and within 120 days have a price point!?!?! without a doubt EXCESSIVE! these products do not need to be commercially available. also, 3-1 tube shapes? common, we're already behind IM triathlon bike tech! is comp cycling always going to play catch up with IM TT tech? #nothappy

  19. R Scott B says:

    Pronounced Mare Land.

  20. Darek Kong says:

    Finally I'll be able to swap my exorbitant 115mm stem for a modest and well-fitting Pro 114mm one! #marginalgains

  21. James Hooker says:

    So does this mean no more continental competition pro tubulars? Or will they become available to the public now??

    Also, what happens if a company goes bust within 12months of a pro winning a race with their equipment? Does that pro have that victory withdrawn?

  22. Wouter Vos says:

    The cycling sport isn't about finding out who's the best cyclist.
    It's about selling products to customers.
    So the organization and teams trying to win have opposing interests.

  23. Scott Braden says:

    If I make a one off skinsuit for Chris Froome, who uses it to win the Tour, but then he accidentally insults my dear Mum. In retaliation, I refuse to market my skinsuit, withdraw it from the market. So does that mean that Froomey's Tour win is revoked? Utterly stupid.

  24. man0z says:

    Make it so? Make it sew? Pun intended lol?

  25. Joe A jr says:

    I like the idea. Not because i want to buy anything just to keep equipment fair around the field. I say they have to use a stock complete bike that anyone can buy from the shop!

  26. Tom Joseph says:

    Please note, everyone seems excited that graphene is conductive. I worked with carbon fiber making prototype aircraft parts for a while and I can tell you that carbon fiber is very conductive already.

  27. Mathias Dufresne says:

    I think a good point of making all equipments available for sale is that manufacturers would be able to buy components from others manufacturers, they will be able to study them and it may increase technology evolutions…

  28. Diver D says:

    GCN please reply: New UCI rule… I think things need to go one step further… or lets say two steps further: Step 1: A riders complete bike can cost no more then 1000 Euro, complete kit including shoes no more then $500 euro. (this way not only are the race products commercially available but commercially obtainable…); Step 2: Riders are only allowed 1 bike per race and cannot change any component for any reason, if bike companies can't design a bike that can travel 3000km without a getting flat, dropping a chain, or surviving a crash… too bad so sad, you lose… (no more replacement bikes, wheels on team cars, try designing a bike that can survive the race its in…)

  29. Jian Suaso says:

    All road bikes will be banned they'll all use mountain bikes on roads 😂

  30. Paul Denino says:


  31. MRo says:


  32. horrovac says:

    I personally don't want to buy anything the pros use, not as they're using it and neither in 6 months. I'm neither rich nor stupid nor am I racing for that to make any sense. I don't want to pay for infinitesimal advantages, I want robust and reliable tech. HOWEVER, the rule makes sense. You need to stop sports becoming detached from reality and make sure it stays relatable and affordable. Otherwise you get top riders using top tech other users can't afford, let alone normal cyclists. The sport is about the rider and the competition, not about graphene positron polymer warp drive ceramic high-modulus 3D-printed saddle ballsack support. I don't want bikes so light and fragile that they need to be thrown away after every race. Over the top technology contributes nothing to the sport. A field of cyclists racing on graphene bikes is no more interesting than the same field racing on carbon or aluminium or steel bikes. A field of cyclists where ten of them are faster because they or their team can afford kit worth millions is a good deal LESS interesting. You need to keep it affordable, the playing field level and the technology available. Otherwise you end up with something like Formula1, where they completely rebuild the engine after every race, and where they have to pump hot water through it to be able to crank it over at all, as it is effectively seized when cold. Where the drivers are essentially robots sitting in go-carts and race cars since before they could walk. That's not sport. Those are gladiator spectacles.

  33. bloodsord9 says:

    I don't care about all that stuff being commercially available. I just want SKY to be on the same playing field as other teams. Honestly, I think custom stuff for one rider is really cool

  34. j en says:

    can you imagine what wars would be like if all armies and soldiers were forced to use gear like UCI ruled stuff?

  35. ikinglet says:

    continental competition pro limited tubs??

  36. Tim Mobley says:

    Does having a cold make one lean to the left?

  37. Luc Charmet says:

    Hell yeah we need those rules. The entire point is the innovations in the sport will end up benefiting us laymen. Who wants cycling to turn into some crap like Formula 1?

  38. Tim Mobley says:

    How’s Ollie (sp) feeling? Does he have a cold now?

  39. TheProgrammer93 says:

    Is there any stipulation on the pricing – what's to stop a team from making some special compoment for their riders but only making it available for a completley unreasonable price (e.g. £2,000,000)? 🤔

  40. 2Wheels R2Wheels says:

    This seems to be designed to support the elusive 'level playing field'. This really affects National teams and pro teams sponsored by mega corporations. They can only have a level playing field when tech development stops. Not good for the sport for everyone else. But then governing bodies always want to inhibit development.

  41. ZeroHBR says:

    Just put on a website and sell the equipment for a million bucks. Problem solved

  42. Neal M says:

    It is a good rule imo. Not because I want to buy everything the pros use, but because it will keep pro cycling recognizable to the average cyclist, and not just a bunch of bony aliens using space age equipment that we will never actually see on the road.

  43. G says:

    I love GCN but am very disturbed with you signing a firearm concealment product sponsor. Just doesn’t align with the whole cycling theme. Can’t really conceal anything in a kit. I like to think all of us watching GCN are more concerned with health and improving technique than defending ourselves against something. I wouldn’t even shoot a dog that was coming after me. This type of sponsor sends the wrong message😳

  44. Bob Foster says:

    Governments and governing bodies must continually make new rules to make it appear that they are relevant.

  45. Indonesia America says:

    All bureaucrats favor their own control over the liberty of those they rule over. It's their reason for waking up each day. They just assume that their rules and central plans are the root of "human progress." Of course they're idiots and we should always be hyper-skeptical about nonsensical rules because if they can't explain the rules according to a "reasonable man" standard it means that these idiots don't really understand their own doctrines and it's just about power.

  46. CAMS Graphics says:

    making components available a year after sounds like, bring the cost down? for custom made bikes or even components, I assume there is a reason for the ruling, usually in motorsports this is the reason.

  47. Swampster70 says:

    They should let teams make custom parts. If a part works and is believed to be 'useful' then it'll probably end as a commercial part.

  48. Tyler Mims says:

    Stupid rule. Professional racing teams are in constant product development with manufacturers to see what works and what doesn’t.

  49. jamie says:

    That's the whole point in sports development of technology they keep restricting things I can understand f1 with speed and such over 100mph but on shoes gear set's and such on bicycle its ridiculous just let them be if they go faster just leave them be

  50. RideMTB_SF says:

    Wood bike is just Nice because internal rear brake cable comes out the wrong side of the frame.

  51. Jamie says:

    I Just bought the new 2019 Peter Sagan Specialized Allez Sprint Frame. it's not the one he road in the tdu. It doesn't bother me to have the exact same one. But i can see how some superfans would get ticked off that they cannot buy it. I some other parts however would be nice to get. Companies should make them signature series. Give royalties to the riders

  52. Alejandrojewell18 says:

    Okay, this is gonna be a long one, so sorry, not sorry. From what I understand pro-cyclists can oft be very slow on the uptake of tech. Wider tires an obvious example. A manufacturer is also surely not going to be offering prototype tech unless they are 110% sure its a winner, can you imagine the repercussions of a prototype failure mid race?? In a huge amount of cases this will change f*** all IMO. What this kills is style, personal flair and the fan fare of mental tech being used that makes us laud and jealous of the pros in the same breath. Chapeau UCI! Way to shoot yourself in the foot. Let's get everyone in grey kit on grey bikes. The only logical way to sort this is to use the WRC rules on cars, they must be based on a commercially available product. The rest is up to the team. This means that all tech used comes from a genesis of a commercially available product but can be adapted and improved to a pro level. Easily policed, The cycle of innovation is maintained and the fans/athletes are happy.

  53. Just Jordan says:

    Well its obvious this is not for the normal people but rather for the Pros to have a fair chance of being equal at a race, 12 months after the race …

  54. Dexter Family says:

    Any luck getting the lotus bike meet organised?? would be a lovely video to see!

  55. Love not the world says:

    Racing is supposed to be for testing equipment before it goes into mass production. If it's no good you wouldn't want it to get to the production stage.

  56. dodoslovensko says:

    C-35 = beautiful

  57. Ben Milner says:

    So now new groupos are not allowed to be tested in racing… That is a major part of the industry. This is a huge waste of time. Pro soccer players don't use the same equipment as ametuers why should cycling?

  58. frederick sta ana says:

    uci as always.. doing what they do best.. make weird rules

  59. Ray Barber says:

    It's a bit like F1, where so many new and expensive developments filtered down to the family car. ABS, traction control, radial tyres. They may never have happened without the F1 teams and their deep pockets.

  60. Plasmo20 says:

    Agreed. Do we, the customer. want this stuff? How about we consider the UCI racing at premium levels like MOTOGP – all prototype stuff. unobtainium

  61. Plasmo20 says:

    Comparative pricing…. in 1995 what did the top end Colnago Steel bike cost the punter to buy? Same price as a car then. Same price as a car now. status quo.

  62. Elmahdi Ettaleb says:

    R&D priorities in various sports:
    F1: Safety and efficiency.
    Moto GP: Safety.
    Football: Health and fitness.
    Airsoft: Performance.
    E-sports: Coding, human reflexes.
    Cycling: keeping tech stuck in the 90s.
    Good job UCI

  63. Scorpion Bike Wheels says:

    were can I purchase a F1 engine? well….pro cycling, that's what it is , for pros, I don't expect to find it or be able to afford or need to ride the specialty bits of pros just to save 2 seconds and go broke,

  64. Richard Covert says:

    I couldn’t care less whether professional racers use equipment that is not available to me. Cycling teams and manufacturers are pushing the limits of technology which will eventually trickle down to the public. This is similar to what happens in auto racing. Aerodynamics improve, Drive trains improve as do engines. I am happy to be the beneficiary of such improvements a few years later. I just want the UCI to create a level playing field so that we can see who the best cyclists really are.

  65. Kevin Knutson says:

    Ollie's hair gel is not commercially available, er go… Expect a Christmas knock.

  66. Uwe Claußnitzer says:

    I think the UCI is trying to put a stop to this war of equipment in the pro circus – which is very good!!!

  67. Lubos Murin says:

    Having something commercially available in 12 months is just stupid. I don’t think they going to disqualify GB rider or French US German for using bearing that wasn’t meant for sale but they would if it was someone from commercially less attractive country. It’s another rule to look better.

  68. chrishophoto says:

    The new UCI equipment rules are ridiculous! Pro races have always been the place for developing new ideas in bike tech. Some prototypes work and go to market, others don’t. What happens if a manufacturer tries something new and it proves to be a failure in design or engineering and is determined to be dangerous? Is the manufacturer required to sell a dangerous product to the masses, because it was used in racing? I doubt that manufacturers would be willing to take on this sort of liability. Really stupid rule.

  69. Matthew Khan-Dyer says:

    I think it is a great leveller. Cash rich teams will always have an edge over smaller teams who can’t afford in house development. The question still remains whether you can afford those bits (I don’t think they will be giving them away). I am not sure how copyright laws work in this area for cheaper knockoffs . I also think it will drive innovation faster if the equipment has to be available after a certain time, teams will have to look for advantages faster.

    Ultimately though I suppose you could buy the equipment, but would you really want to.

  70. duleprof says:

    Its just stupid

  71. thecrazychef1 says:

    Fuck the UCI!

  72. Pat Brown says:

    Gateway to the south…Maryland pronounced "mer-a-lind"

  73. jsphnthnl lt says:

    i wish they commercialize the shimano pro stems that i remember they feature at one of the show that have 101 to 121 that have instead of 100,110 and 120 length

  74. cliff cox says:

    Los Ala Mi Toes, lol.

  75. XD XD says:

    I was born and raised in Maryland. The locals pronounce it with 2 syllables. Drop the "ee" in the middle.

  76. Yannick Michaud says:

    I think we have come a long way on the tech in the past 5 years it's time to bring it back to the riders and more level field. Maybe?

  77. Samuel Fawdry says:

    Oh well no more Continental Competition Pro Limited tyres for the pros

  78. Alexander Sillan says:

    By FIA rule all rally cars have to be modeled off of an actual car you can buy ie the Focus RS, WRX etc.
    I’m guessing it won’t have to be 100% to what they produce for example the shoes, they would be modeled off of the riders feet.
    It takes on average 28 days to get a personal pair of orthotic inner soles, so 100 days for custom shoes could take longer so things like that I don’t feel should come under that rule

  79. Worldwide Ghosts says:

    Great episode again! PS: Maryland is pronounced Marrilun.

  80. EyesInTheDark1 says:

    Is that a Racing Scarf?

  81. David Acuna says:

    Its pronounced Marelind

  82. richard carr says:

    l like the idea they can t use one off kit we can t get makes for fair playing field !! Its always been unfair to low budget teams . Just think all kinds of car and motorcycle racing already use mechanical rules why not cycling ?? Now can you imagine F1 and nascar having to use commercially available parts ??

  83. jayaybe1 says:

    Lol, "Like a robot grandma".

  84. djbusters says:

    I dont think they have done it in with any other sport, so for cycling it does not make sense. Let the racing teams innovate and the races can be the proving ground for that kind for tech.

  85. Joshua Harris Vlogs says:

    what if you'er using a part that was originally commercially available, but is no longer?

  86. Daniel Adams says:

    Cold doesn't give you a cold. They're caused by a virus 🙂

  87. Sirmellowman says:

    its closer to maralind not mary land

  88. Sirmellowman says:

    the first guy should have hung his bike from the statues out stretched hand. that would have sealed the deal!

  89. AnotherButt 4chair says:

    Whoops! Guess there goes my secret hidden engine.

  90. AnotherButt 4chair says:

    My bike pedaling legs are certified jet engine legs, banned by Tour de France.

  91. Joshua Ho says:

    Where this UCI ruling needs a lot more clarification is with prototypes. Manufacturers are literally always using teams as testing platforms. This rule would mean from first prototype to sale manufacturers only have a year which seems pretty insane to me.

  92. Bad M0nkey says:

    ""Maryland"" sounding like a Sylvester Stalone Las Vagas Strip Actor

  93. Armadillito says:

    The commercial availability of professional teams' kit is presumably intended to achieve either or both of…. 1) keeping R'n'D budgets focused on things that are relevant do the consumer market
    2) keeping professional races close enough to the rest of the cycling world to be interesting to cyclists, so maintaining viewing figures and sponsorship revenue

  94. ROTHGAR The Viking says:

    I really don't care at all.

  95. Changeling says:

    I regularly out ride cyclist in expensive bikes while I am on a 27 year of Trek mountain bike I got on Craigslist for 70 bucks. Any top cyclist from a few decades ago would laugh at how gay you all are. But gay is the norm and the UCI the gay keeper. They banned Graeme Obree's design so what do you expect. If you truly want to know who is the best cyclist, pound for pound, the best way is to have everyone ride the same bike, keep tech in balance with sheer functionality, and stop being such pussies.

  96. life sucks says:

    I dont see a problem with that because if let's say a team wants custom parts you can sell them later but just put insane prices on them like custom handlebars for 20k get yours now

  97. Mitch Smith says:

    nailed maryland

  98. Caspar Nikolai says:

    Just watched 0:50 til 2:50 in half speed and its hilarious, it makes them seem completely drunk.

  99. James B. says:

    If it was available, we couldn’t afford it anyway, so I’d rather see the professionals try out new experimental gear and let it trickle down to us if it works, and fade away if it doesn’t.

  100. Gary says:

    Obviously, after Le tour De France is over the UCI is bored.

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