6.8kg. 14.99 lbs. If you’re planning on racing any UCI road events, this is still the minimum weight requirement for your bike. It wasn’t that long ago that building a bike that came in below this magic number was a feat worthy of attention. Complete bikes sold below this limit were even the focus of their own advertising campaigns. And while the ability to create “illegal” bikes has evolved, the weight limit has not.
With sub 10lb bikes a fairly common occurrence among the weight weenie crowds, one reader decided to tackle the weight limit with a different angle. They decided to build a sub 6.8kg bike without using any carbon fiber…
While the complete build is itemized over on 2lo8’s blog, the main details include a Javelin Amarone aluminum frame with an “awful, boat anchor” of an aluminum fork. Yes, there were a number of weight weenie worthy parts involved, but impressively the build shown on the scale above includes bottle cages, pedals, even a Wahoo RFLKT+ computer! Even by adding a saddle bag, flashing light, and bell, the bike is still under the 6.8kg minimum weight requirement. I think it’s fair to say that this is just another sign the UCI should reconsider their minimum weight requirement (though it sounds like that’s already in the works).