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Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (3)

Usually when you’re talking about bicycles under 10 pounds, you’re also talking price tags above $10k. Light, strong, and cheap, pick two, right? However, with the right starting point, bike knowledge, and a careful selection when it comes to components, Colin Dlugas of Endurance Boise proved you can build a sub 10 lb bike for less. According to Colin, the actual retail price of this 2015 Focus Izalco MAX ultimate weight weenie build would total about $8,500 if you bought it from his shop. Technically without labor figured into the build, he states the retail price on the components works out to $8,355.84.

Just how do you arrive at a 9.96 lb (4.52kg) road bike for less than $9 grand? Get the breakdown on the build next…

Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (9)

Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (1) Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (2)

Colin in his own words:

I started the build with a 2015 Focus Izalco MAX 1.0 Frameset with Sram Red 10spd shifting. The shifters have DuraAce 9000 titanium shifter clamps that were ground down to fit the smaller opening in the back of the shifter and anodized purple because it’s my favorite color and because I can. There is a total savings there of 9 grams (not bad for 3 hours of work).  The rear derailleur had the stock Ti pulley bolts replaced with alloy and the pulleys themselves swapped for Aerozine Alloy pulleys.

There are no steel bolts on the whole bike, everything is Ti or alloy. The only steel bearing is the lower headset bearing since it’s proprietary to the frame/ fork. All other bearings are Enduro Zero Ceramic, which cost a lot of money and saved 12 grams.

The wheels are Taiwanese rims and hubs with Pillar Spokes in a mix of Ti and Stainless steel. They are left over from a past build and have over 1k miles on them. The plan is to get a hold of some AX Lightness rims and Extralite or Tune Hubs and build up a lighter set when funds allow.

For cables I used PowerCordz Prime housing, which I love because it behaves exactly the same as regular housing but is half the weight. The brake cables are a prototype PowerCord with a more flexible coating so that I could tie a knot around the brake cable pinch bolt (these are apparently not going into production because of wear issues if not maintained properly). The front Shifting is controlled by a PowerCord as well, and the rear is handled by an Alligator 31 strand shift cable which is my favorite shift cable by far.

Ciamillo GSL Micro brakes with Ti Hardware stop the bike. Ted and Kristi busted their butts to get these to me after one of the batches that my original set was in, was tainted and there was a flaw in anodizing. As we now know, Ted was secretly working on the Gravitas crankset as well. I love the brakes, the finish is flawless, and the performance is even better. Getting them to work with PowerCordz is NOT recommended because it was such a huge pain to tie a knot in a tiny space around a very short bolt.

The cranks are Lightning Cycling Dynamics because they are light and made in the USA. The cranks are fitted with Tune mid-compact chainrings. Tune told me are the first they have sent to the US because they are having a hard time meeting demand in Europe (I ordered them in September and got them 2/16/15).

The prices I used are advertised MSRP so you could build it cheaper if you could find things on sale. All of the weights are measured from the parts themselves, and not taken as claimed. Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that this is my only road bike, and I have been riding it as much as I can. 

 Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (5)

Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (6) Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (7)

Endurance Training Center 10 pound focus izalco MAX 1 (11)

Thanks to Colin for sending this in! If you’re in the Boise area and want to see about a sub 10 lb bike of your own, or just want to see this Focus in person, head over to Endurance Boise or check them out on Facebook for a more detailed step by step build process, or on the web.

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Mr. P
8 years ago

Well done. I would love to try a bike like that for a ride.

P

BH
BH
8 years ago

It’s not 9.96lbs if it doesn’t have pedals.

Colin
Colin
8 years ago

If you are ever in the area, come take it for a spin!

And aside from a couple minor break in issues (there is no cable tension adjust for the front der.), it’s been 100%

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it.

andre
8 years ago

This goes to the people that doesn’t understand a weight weenie. Why to worry about 2g saved on a bolt right? why not to go with a 10g tape but 5g tape right? 110g saddle is the same as 130g saddle right?

Well…add them all up and you have a literally a bike with half the weight of already light bike. Then I ask you (the anti weight weenie): wish bike would you want to ride?

badbikemechanic
badbikemechanic
8 years ago

@andre I don’t know why people are ashamed to be ‘weight weenies’. I certainly get allot more amped about super light bikes than I do #Aero. Great build and thanks for listing some obscure parts bikerumor.

RandyL
RandyL
8 years ago

Nicely done! I have an Izalco Max too and it’s the lightest bike I own… still 3lbs heavier then this!! XD

Colin
Colin
8 years ago

Randy, I know that my 10 pounds sounds really impressive, but we have a MAX 3.0 on the floor, and out of the box it’s 13.5 pounds! The MAX is one of those bikes that rides great, handles great and just happens to be very lightweight.

i834e124EE
i834e124EE
8 years ago

Wonderful work! One day I would love to ride a bike this light.

Will
Will
8 years ago

“Light, strong, cheap… pick two, right?”
Are you implying almost $9,000 is cheap?

fred
fred
8 years ago

$9k in this market for a sub 10lb bike is cheap…

Will
Will
8 years ago

Sure, but still not cheap! Cheap for a 10-lb bike, but not cheap!

i834e124EE
i834e124EE
8 years ago

Will, relative to what? This bike, relative to other bikes near this weight and quality, is cheap.

TonyC
TonyC
8 years ago

the Trek Emonda SLR10. Lightest production bike. 10.25lbs. Without pedals… $15,000

Mr. Subjective
Mr. Subjective
8 years ago

“on the web” link goes nowhere.

Peter Kortvel
8 years ago

Is it with or without the bottle? 😀

pile-on
pile-on
8 years ago

I’m surprised to see a big heavy bottle full of water on a weight weenie bike–but then again I don’t understand weight weenies. To each their own, Cheers weenies.

Quickie
Quickie
8 years ago

Colin I understand what you’re saying, but next time you’re at that shop try to figure out how to take 3.5lbs off that while keeping the price under $9k. It’s an impressive build, and I’ll take your word that it’s a nice ride too.

Will
Will
8 years ago

Kudos to Colin. I am sort of a big guy and it might scare me a bit to ride wheels that were super light weight or after market. The bike looks great and i like it when anyone puts some of their own handy work into something. Doesn’t matter if you don’t NEED it to be light, it is just sort of fun to do the work to get it there. I personally ride a titanium bike built more for commuting/touring, but i chose every component and built it myself, so I enjoy a little extra pride knowing i had a hand in it’s creation.

Nick H (milw)
Nick H (milw)
8 years ago

I would never buy this bike. Because it doesn’t cost more than 5 digits. I ride nothing less.

Colin
Colin
8 years ago

Quickie, I’m the guy that built the bike in this article…

and thank you.

muf
muf
8 years ago

a light bike with water is still lighter than an heavy bike with water
biking without water? now that would be stupid..

Durianrider
Durianrider
8 years ago

50/34 would have been lighter and better for climbing as well.

Ive been on the back of full gas pace lines with Quickstep and Cannondale and never got dropped on my bamboo bike running 50/34.

arjan
8 years ago

Why not buy a bike that costs much less and go on a diet yourself. Loose 10,20,30 pounds and then see how you ride 😉

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago

Most people don’t brag about wheel sucking, but a few very special kinds of riders do.

Quickie
Quickie
8 years ago

Colin – I’m the idiot that posted a comment before without checking who the author was. Awesome build.

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

The “On the Web” link should go to enduranceboise.com.

Robert W
Robert W
8 years ago

Excellent effort, Colin. Would you mind posting the hubset, seatpost, and cockpit components?

billk
billk
8 years ago

@Robert

seat looks like a Tune Speedneedle. seat post can be a number of different manufacturers…or if on the cheaper side, could get one off eBay in a light carbon.

Neil p
Neil p
8 years ago

@arjan Your argument carries no weight (see what I did there), the two aren’t mutually exclusive, you can do both.

Axiomsl
Axiomsl
8 years ago

harley your not human so comparing your bamboo bike doesn’t count:-)
Seriously though while it would be fun climbing on a bike that weighs a fraction more than a sparrows f*rt, I’d be scared silly descending on one.

Pistolero
Pistolero
8 years ago

these kind of projects are great; i own a road bike of under 7kg, with shimano 105 10 speed, and cost me 2000€. Not as light but almost cheap. Almost.

goridebikes
goridebikes
8 years ago

Soo… with pedals, bottle cages and your garmin mount this is an 11-pound bike?
Stripping off parts that you need to ride just because they’re not “standardized” or something is the one part of being a weight-weenie I can’t get behind… You can’t ride without pedals!!!

Colin
Colin
8 years ago

Youre right, goridebikes, With pedals, sensors and head unit, it does weigh 10.75 pounds.

I know that you cannot ride a bike without pedals, but this is what I would call a “showroom” weight. This is what the bike would be spec’ed with as you would buy it at a shop. All bikes are weighed in this manor, and it’s really the only way to get a comparative weight. The point was to beat the Trek Emonda SLR 10, at half the price.

I succeeded in the first part and was close on the second.

@Arjan, I am 6’1″ and 160 pounds, if I lose weight, I get slower.

Dh
Dh
8 years ago

Really cool project. I am unable to see the components/weights, could you send a link?

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