We found an aero bike at the UCI weight limit: Mike Woods’ Ostro VAM

As the Tour hits the mountains, we found a disc brake electronic aero bike weighing 6.8 kg.

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Six point eight kilograms. That’s the arbitrary weight the UCI has decided every bike for use in competitive road races must meet. For a ten-year period between the mid-2000s and mid-2010s, the majority of the bikes in the Tour de France peloton easily hit the UCI weight limit with many teams adding weights to bikes just to make them legal.

Then everything changed. With the focus on improved aerodynamics plus the introduction of electronic groupsets and disc brakes, bike weights have significantly increased over the past few seasons. Rarely now do we see standard team bikes get right down to that magic 6.8 kg, and rarer yet is an aero bike right on the UCI weight limit. But that’s exactly what we found in Mike Woods’ Factor Ostro VAM.

Well, almost. Mike Woods isn’t exactly on a standard bike, but it is an aero frame with disc brakes and electronic shifting weighing 6.8 kg, as confirmed by our own scales.

So just how has Mike Woods got this bike to within double-figure grams of falling foul of the UCI regulations?

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