With the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix on the horizon, the UCI has approved Scope’s new Atmoz real-time tire pressure management system for professional road racing, providing mid-course pressure monitoring of your tires. Deflate your tires as you ride for better comfort and grip on the roughest sections, and re-inflate as you ride for better handling and efficiency on slick asphalt.
Atmoz real-time tire pressure management system
Dutch wheel manufacturer Scope has unveiled Atmoz, an all-new real-time tire pressure management system that allows riders to monitor their tire pressure on the fly to optimize control and efficiency on variable road surfaces. Push a button on the remote control on your handlebars and you can add or remove air pressure in your tires as you ride to optimize performance no matter what type of surface you encounter.
“With easily up to 30 watts of reduced rolling resistance, combined with improved comfort and safety in harsh and wet conditions, this product will be revolutionary for the cycling industry.”, according to Reach.
Details remain thin on the recently unveiled Atmoz technology, but according to the UCI statement, it appears to be mechanically simpler than the compressor-based Gravaa TPMS. It would rather be a reserve high-pressure air tank that would release air with each re-inflation, via remote-controlled valves. This would mean that it can only be used to change tire pressure a finite number of times mid-stroke, before needing to be repressurized.
We know that the USB-C rechargeable Atmoz hub is connected via a pneumatic hose to a special control valve that seems to replace the core of a tubeless valve.
The system is compatible with tubeless tires ONLY, possibly due to the resulting lower tire pressures – although it works with at least 92 psi? (No rider weight limit, though.) It’s also worth noting that its operation isn’t affected by the sealant.
The device(s) are wirelessly controlled by a pair of remotes (wired with a shared battery and transmitter) that can independently increase or decrease front and/or rear tire pressure.
It also communicates with bike computer head units via ANT+/Bluetooth and can display live tire pressure on at least one Wahoo Elemnt Roam computer.
The Scope Atmoz device itself is a narrow clamshell design that attaches to the center of each hub, splitting in two so it can be installed on a pre-built wheel. It is said to be compatible with “All 29″ (700)“Wheelset, but obviously it will depend on the hub.
Atmoz Pricing and Availability
For the pros to race it in the peloton it needs to be available to the general public, so you can order a Scope Atmoz real-time tire pressure monitoring system for the low price of €3998. It’s probably for the pair, and you can even get it in black or blue.
UCI authorizes integrated tire pressure management systems
Professional cycling’s governing body issued a statement yesterday giving the go-ahead for the use of tire pressure management systems in racing, retroactively dated April 1. But don’t worry, it’s not a UCI April Fool’s joke.
“Authorized according to article 1.3.004 of the UCI Regulations, the tire pressure management system is controlled by buttons on the handlebars and uses mechanical valves to regulate the air flow between the air tank and the tire tubeless. The system does not alter the structural integrity of the wheelset and contains no moving parts or compressors… In accordance with article 1.3.006 of the UCI Regulations, the tire pressure management system is also available in the trade for all people practicing the sport of cycling.”
This narrow wording seems to specifically exclude Gravaa’s TPMS which uses compressors. But that’s probably only because UCI regulations prohibit the use of a “technical innovation” during competition until the manufacturer specifically submits it to a technical review.
We predict that Scope’s Atmoz real-time tire pressure management system will probably appear next Saturday and Sunday in Paris Roubaix on the bikes of the DSM team which is a long-time partner of Scope, even if the race is currently on Shimano wheels.
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