blybo wrote:But it does hamper the manufactures ability to compete with each other on a technology theme. Every manufacturer can now come up with standard bikes using common components that would be well under the UCI weight limit, so at a reasonably affordable cash out lay Joe public can ride on Pro Tour quality bikes already.
This is a good thing. It make bike cheaper and more accessable. Hopefully it soon won't be a sport for rich countries. Imagine if Africa could afford to get on board like in running. How truely global the sport could be.
Remember when the Australians had the super roo bikes. Everybody else look like they had square wheels. A tech race is not good for any sport long term. Look at what is happening in swimming at the moment.
I get where you are coming from but it's a tech sport whether you like it or not and certain countries or manufacturers will leap frog the competition from time to time. Joe public loves the bling aspect of it... and so do you
. They maybe can't afford a $300K sports car but they can afford (for arguments sake) a $5K bike that's pretty cutting edge, tech wise. It can't and shouldn't be compared to pure athletic sports such as running or swimming.
As Para has also stated, making rules retrospectively is just stupid, why not just say "okay boys, enough is enough. You've had your fun, lets just leave the aero advances alone and stick with what we've currently got"