In keeping with the weight theme from the last two posts, I want to pose a question; how much lighter can bikes get? Scott’s 6 kg (13 pound) Addict road bike received a lot of attention at Interbike last year. The Storck Fascenario, which Posh Bikes claims to be the lightest bike in the world, is built up with carefully selected parts to make a 4 kg (sub 9 pound) complete bike. The custom fixie Crumpton that I posted the other day weighs less than 3.5 kilograms. Wow, that certainly seems like the lower limit to me.
I love modern lightweight bikes, but as a rider, I don’t have much interest in testing the limits of weight versus durability. My 8+ kilogram road bike, which I consider light, might seem heavy by weight weenie standards. Call it heavy if you want too, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable on a 50 mph decent with some of the ultra light parts that I have seen on the market in recent years. Some of the new products that I see bring to mind the component drilling craze of the 70s and 80s. Some parts broke then because people modified them to a point below the limit. I just wonder if some of the new factory parts out there are pushing that same limit. Any thoughts?
Vintage drilled Campy shifter photo from Velo Retro