In spite of its “unfair advantage” design, TitanFlex is approved for all cycling and multi-sport competitions in the USA except for elite/pro level UCI road races.
In 2000 the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) imposed regulations to “level the playing field” with respect to technology-driven improvements in bicycle design. Established April 14, 1900 this world governing body has imposed technical restrictions in the past. Recumbents were banned from sanctioned competitions in 1934, and Graeme Obree’s famous superman position was outlawed in 1995. The 2006 film "The Flying Scotsman" sheds light on the UCI's penchant for control.
One could argue that the 2000 round of regulations began with America’s embarrassing performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics–taking home only two bonze medals in cycling. Determined to make a better showing at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, the USCF undertook the $12 million “Project96 Superbike”….which only lifted the final medal count to three. By the way, only 12 bikes were produced.
In the wake of all this the UCI reasoned that if being competitive requires a $12 million R&D budget, then athletes from poor countries stand little or no chance of winning. International competition becomes less about athletic endeavor, and more about technical achievement. Today, countries still invest heavily in “superbikes” that meet the new rules, but the advantage of these bikes over a traditional, double-diamond aero frame is much less than it was with the monocoque designs (Lotus, Trek Y-Foil, Australian Superbike, Hotta, Softride, etc.).”
UCI regulations have inhibited the major bike manufacturers from producing a “pull-out-all-the stops” design for the triathlon, ultracycling and time trial markets. To quote an insider, “I’d love to lead some new innovation here, but even 100% market share for this category would likely result in a loss in terms of development costs vs. profit.”
Thankfully, Ironman®, USA Triathlon and Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association races are not controlled by the UCI.
If these are your playgrounds you are invited to explore the innovative technology and history of the TitanFlex design. We can’t afford to persuade you with sponsored athlete endorsements. We can only promise to show you what happens when Yankee ingenuity is unshackled!
Section 2: bicycles
Bicycles shall comply with the spirit and principle of cycling as a sport. The spirit presupposes that cyclists will compete in competitions on an equal footing. The principle asserts the primacy of man over machine.
1.3.020 c) Configuration
For road competitions other than time trials and for cyclo-cross competitions, the frame of the bicycle shall be of a traditional pattern, i.e. built around a main triangle. It shall be constructed of straight or tapered tubular elements (which may be round, oval, flattened, teardrop shaped or otherwise in cross-section) such that the form of each element encloses a straight line. The elements of the frame shall be laid out such that the joining points shall follow the following pattern: the top tube (1) connects the top of the head tube (2) to the top of the seat tube (4); the seat tube (from which the seat post shall extend) shall connect to the bottom bracket shell; the down tube (3) shall connect the bottom bracket shell to the bottom of the head tube. The rear triangles shall be formed by the chain stays (6), the seat stays (5) and the seat tube (4) with the seat stays anchored to the seat tube at points falling within the limits laid down for the slope of the top tube. The maximum height of the elements shall be 8 cm and the minimum thickness 2.5 cm. The minimum thickness shall be reduced to 1 cm for the chain stays (6) and the seat stays (5). The minimum thickness of the elements of the front fork shall be 1 cm; these may be straight or curved.