It’s been a while………..
Recently we have been pretty busy in the shop with workshop jobs and quite a few custom build bikes.
Possibly the nicest of these custom builds has been the Cervelo R5 Race bike we built for our sponsored Professional Triathlete who decided that weight was the biggest factor for his next bike, no matter what.
Obviously differences in manufacturers groupset weights are quite competetive, and although Dura Ace isnt the lightest of them all, we agreed to use it, pair that with Mavic Cosmic Carbon Ultimate wheels, 3T Carbon Bar and Stem and the Fizik Carbon braided saddle, the weight is going to be unbelievable.
Building it was a pleasurable experience, getting top work with some of the highest end kit, everything was going together perfectly, hardly atweak needed, biggest problem we had was the tubular tyres he opted for, but luckily for us he volunteered himself for that job.
The big goal was to get it lighter than his old Specialized bike he was racing on, 8.8kg. At the time it seemed like quite a task but as we got on with the build it was looking more and more doable. The final weigh in arrived and we sent him the message, “guess the weight and its free……..” with a picture attached.
Reply : “Looks bloody good. 6.8kg”
Massive sigh of relief from me, although he was extremely close with that guess. 6.4kg! THE lightest bike I have ever had the pleasure of building.
Unfortunately he hasnt been able to ride it because of the awful weather up here but as soon as he has had a good blast on it we’ll see what he thinks.
Fancy a custom road bike? Come into the store or email us and lets see if we can beat this one!
Happy riding, Chris.