I know there is a huge market out there for weight weenie enthusiasts but we haven’t seen to many weight conscious fixed gears. Here’s one built up by one of our customers, Alex. This guy is crazy about weight. This complete bike, with pedals, weighs in at 12.21lbs!!!!
With the help of some friends, they hand-built the frame out of Easton Aluminum Tubing. The rear hub is the original 1st gen Chub hub tied to some custom drillium worked Mavic Open Pro’s. Alex even went so far to cut up pieces of Velox rim tape to only cover the spoke holes on the actual rim. He then finished off the wheels with 700×20 Continental’s to save even more grams.
A custom Moots Ti stem holds down the front end with no spacers on the steer tube and no star nut and top cap to shave off every gram possible . Extremely cut handlebars were a must to save even more weight. Alex, was joking about drilling holes in the Oury grips to save more weight. (I highly doubt he was joking)
The saddle is a custom Carbon SLR with ti rails. Selle Italia advertised the saddle to be 99 grams but it actually weighed in at 105 grams. Being dissatisfied with the 6 extra grams and false advertising, Alex went ahead and sanded down the carbon on the sides of the saddle to bring it back down to 99 grams. (NUTS!) Of course the full carbon EC90 seatpost to match everything else was the perfect fit. Even the seatpost clamp was a custom made Ti clamp from SEVEN Cycles.
The crankset is a full carbon Easton EC90 setup with titanium egg-beaters to finish off the drivetrain. Currently running a 39×14 gear ratio but has plans to run 39×11 to save a few more grams with the smaller cog and shorter chain length. The chain is a lightweight chain from KMC.
So does this fall into the category of a “custom” build since the frame was handmade? Regardless, this bike is sick. It’s super lightweight and still very rideable. Biggup’s to Alex on an insane build. He’s now talking about moving all the parts onto a carbon frame. I think he can get into sub 10lb’s with a carbon frame. We’ll just have to wait and see.