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Looking for the lightest road frameTB
Feb 16, 2003 7:54 AM
I have decided to sell my road bike and build up a new one. The old bike was under 14lbs with a 1130g Scandium frame. I want to drop the weight even more so I am looking for an even lighter frame. Anyone know who is making sub 2lb frames out there?
maybe the Calfee dragonfly 2 lbs!!! (nm)wheelsucker
Feb 16, 2003 8:01 AM
why dont you make one out of papertowel rolls.the bull
Feb 16, 2003 9:43 AM
then you can drill holes in all your componets.
saw off the ends of your handle bars.
make spokes from some speggetti noddles.
sure it might be a little flexey.
But Im sure you can brake the 14lbs mark.
hey if you fill the tires with helium it might even float.
sorry folks I couldnt help it.
weight weinnies-Im happy with a bike under 20 lbs
14lbs god how could you be unhappy with that?
why dont you make one out of papertowel rolls.Dan Q
Feb 17, 2003 5:29 AM
What if he is planning a super secret mission to a massive planet where the gravity is 50x that of Earth. Of course it will also have to be much stronger than a normal frame in that case.
I think Scott makes a really light frame.
re: Looking for the lightest road framealtidude
Feb 16, 2003 10:49 AM
Eat fewer doughnuts. Weight will easily drop 2 lbs, maybe even 5-10. LOL! If you can't race effectively on a 14, 16, 18 or 20 lb frame the problem ain't the bike pal.
Make your bike FEEL 5# lighter...asphalt assault
Feb 16, 2003 1:06 PM
Spend some time in the gym lifting and your bike will feel lighter...worked for me anyway!

Buncha' darned smart aleks is what WE are;^) heh
helium in tires works wondersbobobo
Feb 16, 2003 3:41 PM
also consider riding without a saddle or seatpost, this will save perhaps another 1lb, then you could get your bike down to 12 lbs. After that, I would strongly suggest riding with no shorts, jersey, helmet or shoes, a bit uncomfortable and may draw some unwanted attention but it will surely get the effective weight well under 10 lbs. Then on especially hot days, do not put any water in your water bottles, hell get rid of those unecessary bottles and cages and the water weight they hold, that will save you close to another 5lbs, you may encounter heatstroke problems but you will have successfully reduced the effective weight of your bike relative to other riders to 0, maybe even negative weight. Last but certainly not least, do not bring along a cell phone, repair kit or any food to munch on, food weighs grams and will slow you down and we would not want that on a heavy 14lb bike.
Trek 110 OCLV - world's lightest production frame (nm)deHonc
Feb 16, 2003 3:47 PM
14lbs, That's alreadey scary light.Ambishawn
Feb 16, 2003 4:07 PM
How does this bike ride. How much do you weigh? You coulden't weigh much without distroying your Bike. Are you trying to win a lightest bike contest. Do you hand your bike to the rest of the guys in the club and ask them if they think it's light? Do you trust your bike going over 20mph? Why do you wan't a lighter bike. Do you think you can build it even lighter and make it reliable? The Litespeed Ghisallo is under 2 lbs. Not trying to knock the project but what's the point? Why are you selling the old 14 lb bike? too heavy? too many broken parts? too dangerous to ride?
Scary is right....asphalt assault
Feb 16, 2003 4:47 PM
I weigh 200 and would be scared to sit on this dudes 14# bike for fear I'd break something...much less ride it!
re: Looking for the lightest road framerogue_CT1
Feb 16, 2003 5:08 PM
Why don't you try a uni-cycle. With only one wheel, no fork and no brakes or derailleurs I'm sure you could get it down to 3 1/2 to 4 lbs. In other words, WHAT IS THE POINT? Lose 5-10 pounds off the heaviest piece of your 14 lbs bike - you! That would make a bigger difference than reducing your bike to 12 lbs and safer to boot.
a non-troll responseweiwentg
Feb 16, 2003 5:12 PM
bikes built with dedacciai's U2 tubing usually have claimed weights of 900g or so- check a the big-name Italian builders like Fondriest and Ciocc. options in ti include the Ghisallo and Seven's Alta. someone else already covered carbon, but didn't mention the TCR Carbon (above 950g real weight for the frame, as posted on MTBR, and a fork in the low 300s). I think the TCR carbon is probably the most cost effective at $1500 per frameset, but you could go to and give them a call - you might be able to get a U2 bike for under that. also check for Viner's team frame (I think it's U2 tubing and a carbon stay).
personally, I'd keep the frame - your bike is already sub 14lbs, and that's plenty light already. in the end, it is your money and your bike. funny that so many people seem to prefer to make fun of people rather than answer the damn question.
a non-troll responsebobobo
Feb 16, 2003 6:26 PM
It is funny. If someone with a 14 lb bike is getting rid of it because they need to build a "lighter" bike, if that isn't funny and deserving of appropriate responses you need to get a sense ofr humor. What that guy posted to start the topic was about as funny as a components post can get. LOL
It's called leading with the chin.nmAmbishawn
Feb 16, 2003 7:12 PM
a non-troll responseweiwentg
Feb 16, 2003 8:12 PM
how do you know the needs of the original poster? perhaps he's doing mt. washington or mt. evans. ok, maybe it was a joke, but it sure didn't sound like one. 1130g is light but not ultralight. if that's not light enough for the OP, that's their business. the joke would be if the OP said "my frame weighs 850g, which is much too heavy. any recommendations for a new one?" I don't think there ARE frames lighter than that.
I congratulate you on your ability to find humor in what to me are non-obvious places. still, don't you think there are better ways to use your time than to toss around childish insults on a forum? if you want to act like an idiot, then in the end there's nothing I can do to stop you. but the rest of us have better things to do than to read your trash. if you don't have anything better to do then that's also your business. have a nice life!!
a little humor never hurts any one.the bull
Feb 17, 2003 5:11 AM
You should try to laugh a little.
I thought all of these posts were funny.
the first reply was all the answer he needed.
14lbs I never even seen a bike that light.
I see a lot of bikes.
Ive kicked ass on bikes 10 lbs heavier and never thought
of how to make them lighter.
a non-troll response...I'm with you, brother!!seyboro
Feb 17, 2003 2:16 PM
I'm sure, the original poster will appreciate your answer. As for the rest of us, let's enjoy the brilliant composition and grammar/punctuation skills of the above comedians. And when all else fails, we can kill some time by sounding out two-syllable words...
A 14 lb bike and you're complaining? (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 17, 2003 6:49 AM
Feb 17, 2003 3:35 PM
2.2 Lbs your bike will be light (still)nmthe bull
Feb 17, 2003 3:41 PM
re: Looking for the lightest road framedickruthlynn
Feb 17, 2003 5:27 PM
Litespeed Chisallo 53cm frame is 1.95 pounds. Be advised that this is a compact frame.
re: Looking for the lightest road framerrjc5488
Feb 19, 2003 7:59 PM litespeed ghisallo, 1.98 for size med frame
Firma Agresti @ 1,89lb?Vertex
Feb 19, 2003 10:02 PM
Check out for a 9.2 lb bike! I wouldn't touch a bike that light even though it's nice to see how light one can go.