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Here's a machine that will make even the most dedicated weight weenies drool – this complete road bike tips the scales at a truly staggering weight of 2.7kg (6lb).
Originally owned by German cyclist Gunter Mai, the first build started out at about 3.3kg (7.3lb), dipping as low as 2.9kg (6.4lb) in Mai's posession. But don't for one minute think of this bike as an exhibition piece that's never properly used. Mai and others put more than 20,000km on it over a period of two years.



As it stands today, the bike is believed to have cost in excess of US$45,000, so it fits Keith Bontrager's aphorism of "strong, light, cheap; pick two".
The backbone of this exceptional build is a custom 642.5g frame built by German firm Spin. Bosses were even integrated into the frame's head tube to accomodate super light, down tube-style shifters.



This made the shifting elements of the Campagnolo Ergo levers redundant, so they were modified just to hold the gubbins necessary to control braking. Speaking of which, both calipers on this bike are AX Lightness Orion models, adding to the list of exotic carbon components from Germany.
The build features a one-off fork produced by THM, the people behind the world's lightest production road bike fork. The result is a 185.9g carbon masterpiece between the frame and front wheel.
Mai has proven that light weight doesn't need to negate usability



Another incredible achievement is the wheelset on this bike, totalling a scary 583g. The rims were manufactured by AX Lightness but using carbon fibre rumoured to only be available in Formula 1, an industry widely renowned as the forefront of carbon fibre development.
These very special rims could only be paired with an equally exquisite set of hubs. Step in Dash Cycles from Boulder, Colorado. The front hub weighs just 30g and the rear only 84g!



The saddle and seatpost are one bonded carbon unit that weigh less than 80g complete.

For a detailed report on this bike, plus a large image gallery, visit TriRig.com.
Last update on June 24, 9:44 pm by Les Stoner.
"There is no glory in Practice.. But without Practice there is no glory"
bloody hell!!! i want one!!!!
Tata
Have you got a spare $45,000 Unhappy
I bet you wish I was giving one of those away in the competition..! lol
Last update on February 24, 12:17 am by Les Stoner.
"There is no glory in Practice.. But without Practice there is no glory"
50,000!!!!
Mtb4Life
I'll get two hahaha
Mtb4Life
Alex that's just being greedy...
The other problem is that there is only ONE of them.. Unhappy
"There is no glory in Practice.. But without Practice there is no glory"
Lol yeah maybe a little would love to have a go on it though Smile
Mtb4Life
It's not a bike that sits in a showroom, they've done 20,000 km on it already
"There is no glory in Practice.. But without Practice there is no glory"
Wow but I suppose being so light pretty easy to rack up the miles lol
Mtb4Life
would not make much difference to me ...being 100 kgs most problem break it
ride it like you stolen it ;
Have you seen the price of specialised bespoke titanium cycle parts...
Maybe we should make our own, of course discount to club members hehe
"There is no glory in Practice.. But without Practice there is no glory"
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