The weight of cross-country race bikes seems to be steadily creeping lower, with hardtails routinely checking in under 20 lbs, and full-squish race bikes in the very low 20 lb range. However, this piece of work from Sebastian Roth, found at light-bikes.de
(I’d recommend you brush up on your German before following the link), takes the light weight mountain bike to a whole new level. Built around a Scott Scale frame, virtually every component has been tuned to some degree, and the end result is a bike (barely) tipping the scales at 13.52 lbs. Yes, this is a mountain bike, with disc brakes and a real suspension fork, which weighs less than the UCI minimum weight requirement for road bikes
While the weight is pretty incredible, and there is no doubt that Roth’s craftsmanship is top-notch, the notion of really pushing this bike—even if only on terrain typically found on an XC course—is more than a little unsettling. Visions of carbon-fiber splinters are dancing through my head.
If you’re brave enough, you can check out the full spec list here.
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