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The Lightest Bike You Can Buy!!!(13 posts)

The Lightest Bike You Can Buy!!!Dog
Dec 20, 2001 11:39 AM
Ok, how many "lightest bike"s can there be?

Bianchi XL EV4 Record Mix
The lightest bike you can buy. The apogee of 117 years of passionate Italian bicycle design and professional team collaboration. Available as a complete bike on special order only. Also available as a frameset with fork. http://209.217.20.46/site/bikes/rc/01_ev4.html

Seven Odonata
Cycling industry media have dubbed the Odonata "the perfect bike" for its elegant design, light weight, forgiving ride, and impeccable handling. Weighing less than 2.5 lbs., the Odonata is the lightest production frame on the market. http://www.sevencycles.com/FramesRoadOdonata.html

Trek 5900
The lightest production frame in the world with heavy responsibility: defending the tour. Ultralight OCLV® 110 Carbon creates the lightest, stiffest frame ever made. Carbon provides amazing comfort on long rides. Pro Race Geometry improves handling. Lance's Tour de France frame. http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2002/road/5900.html

Litespeed Ghisallo
The lightest tube set ever developed is assembled into a featherweight, compact frame that weighs an unbelievable 1.9 pounds*. *Refers to an unpainted medium frame http://www.litespeed.com/english/road/ghisallo.html

Calfee Dragonfly
Dragonfly Pro Our lightest and most technically advanced frame. Although it weighs only 2 pounds in a 54cm size, they are plenty stiff. [they honestly qualify the "lightest" claim, at least] http://www.calfeedesign.com/dragonfly.shtml

Any other claims to the "lightest" bike or frame? I know this is a total waste of time, but aren't you curious? :-)

Dog
that's been going on for yearsbn
Dec 20, 2001 11:43 AM
C40 claimed it at one point, and many others. Wonder WHY these are such important marketing points? People- you know who you are- buy them.
How about 40 lbs.BikinCO
Dec 20, 2001 11:52 AM
I have a 40 lb. DH bike. That is light by DH standards.
re: How about 40 lbs?Elefantino
Dec 20, 2001 2:24 PM
I think if you filled your tires with helium you might be able to knock off some of gravity's effects on that portly 40-pounder.

Actually, you might want to considering wearing a Michelin Man suit, also filled with helium. Not only would it make you lighter, but it would act as a cushion in case you fall off the bike.
Portly 40-pounder !?!?!?!?!?!BikinCO
Dec 20, 2001 4:13 PM
Far from it. More like muscular. Yeah that's it. The DH rig is getting jealous. I have not ridden it in a couple of months, to much snow. So far all of my bikes have been playing nice even though the two road bikes are getting all of the attention.
re: The Lightest Bike I Can Buy!!!allervite
Dec 20, 2001 11:59 AM
Is not as light as the one you can probably afford. It's hard to get below 16 lbs. with Cmapy or Shimano's best. I have had several club mates try. My ride's 19 Lbs.
C'mon, you're a lawyer-TJeanloz
Dec 20, 2001 11:59 AM
Look at each of the claims, I think most are fair.

Bianchi's XL Mix, as the lightest BIKE offered. Can anybody think of a BIKE (not frame) that's offered from the manufacturer that's lighter? Trek 5900? I don't think it would be lighter...

Seven Odonata- What exactly does "on the market" mean. Since they haven't given their definition of 'market' which could be limited to Seven dealers, we can't evaluate their claim. Though they do claim that it is the lightest PRODUCTION frame- and I understood that all Sevens were custom, no?

The 5900 is the only frame to carry the burden of defending the Tour.

Litespeed only makes a claim for the tubeset- and that statement may also be true.

Calfee is entirely fair, that it's their lightest offering.

also Giant: http://www.giantbicycle.com/us/keytechs/050.020.000.asp
"lightest production frame"
oh, yes, careful wordingDog
Dec 20, 2001 12:11 PM
It's entertaining to see the careful wording. There are lots of nuances to their claims, like "lightest BIKE YOU can buy" - the whole bike, and "you", not Lance Armstrong

That "defending the tour" thing is pretty transparent.

Don't know what "on the market" means. Seems like they would be competing with Bianchi...

So, what does a "tubeset" exclude - welds? dropouts? That's a pretty worthless, and unverifiable statement.

Doesn't matter much, just a curiosity, that's all.

Dog
Maybe the carbon TCR beats em all ..... ????CT1
Dec 20, 2001 12:43 PM
Wasn't there a sub 13# carbon TCR road bike at one of the big shows this last summer??? I'm sure someone can come up with a link.

BTW: my Al TCR is just under 16# and yes it does climb pretty well. A pretty nice bike other than the "fit" and pinnace(sp) issues.

JohnG
re: The Lightest Bike You Can Buy!!!KurtVF
Dec 20, 2001 1:13 PM
The Coppi Millenium is listed at 980 grams which has to be darn close to 2.1-2.2 lbs.
re: The Lightest Bike You Can Buy!!!badabill
Dec 20, 2001 1:52 PM
Sub 14lb builds are mot that tough these days. check out http://www.hi-techbikes.com . Hank sells a ghisallo with dura-ace that fits the bill nicely. check out his lite parts list, he actually weighs the parts and gives actual weight. any bike frame weight of less than 2.5lbs can be built up at less than 15lbs total.
Schwinn Paramount?Elefantino
Dec 20, 2001 2:42 PM
In last November (2000)'s Bicycling, there was a contest to give away a Schwinn Paramount, with Velomax wheels, Morati Ti crankset, either Campy Record 10 or Dura-Ace (can't remember), Speedplay X/1 pedals...

Claimed weight: 13.9 pounds
Seven's claimMikeC
Dec 22, 2001 5:44 PM
At least Seven's claim was for 2001. For 2002, they say that the Alta is "possibly" the lightest.