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Team DSM should use an integrated tire pressure management system in Roubaix: Scope ATMOZ

Through William ROBERT

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11:58 AM – The equipment of the pros

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that integrated tire pressure management systems have been allowed in professional cycling since April 1, 2022. A request from the Dutch company SCOPE a little earlier in the year and which is a partner of the DSM team.

Authorized in accordance with article 1.3.004 of the UCI regulations, the tire pressure management system is controlled by buttons on the handlebars and uses mechanical valves that regulate the airflow between the air tank and the tubeless tyre.

The system does not alter the structural integrity of the wheels and contains no moving parts or compressors.

Paris-Roubaix, laboratory for the search for comfort

Paris-Roubaix has often been a laboratory for technological innovations in racing bikes.

Some must remember the victories of Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle in 1992 and 1993 with a RockShox telescopic fork derived from mountain biking (Mag 21 SL with titanium and magnesium tubes) that allowed him to adjust the hardness on 5 levels, ranging from the most flexible adjustment for the most damaged sectors, with an almost rigid adaptation to evolve on the bitumen parts without an unwanted pumping effect in the dancer and during the elevations.

It was heavy (1200 grams), but anyway, at Paris-Roubaix, the gain in comfort is much more favorable than a few hundred grams. At the time, riders put about 3.5 bars of pressure in the fork, with just 28mm tubing.

On this 2022 edition, Scope’s integrated tire pressure management system, which already exists on buses, trucks, but also competition vehicles (Paris-Dakar), should be the attraction of this edition on the hardware side.

In accordance with article 1.3.006 of the UCI Regulations, the tire pressure management system is commercially available to all persons who participate in cycling.

Price: 3998€

How does the Scope Cycling Atmoz system work?

The fundamental working principle of the product is a tire pressure management system based on mechanical valves that regulate the airflow between the air tank and the tubeless tire.

The controls on the handlebars send a wireless signal to the system to operate the valves to deflate or inflate the tire – meaning the rider can change tire pressures in real time. Communication is via ANT+/Bluetooth and the system charges via a commonly used USB-C port.

The system does not alter the structural integrity of the wheels and contains no moving parts or compressors. It remains to be seen how this happens in the event of a wheel change. Does the rider lose this advantage due to a lack of coupling between the subsystem and the new wheel?

Team DSM also posted a Twitter message about it a few hours ago.

A system that could have a significant impact, the runners that can go from 3 to 5 bar, for example, between the paved passages and the parts on clean asphalt, which, according to Scope, could yield a gain of almost 30 watts. Even if this figure seems exaggerated, a 15/20 watt gain, more realistically, could already make a significant difference.

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