Firstly, thanks to Beeline bikes Oxford for helping me get loan of bike and setting it up.
I have been riding a Trek Madone (at 2013 hill climb champs, it weighed about 6.0kg). But, with the new Emonda coming out this summer, I wanted to try and get the new specialist climbing bike for the upcoming national championship.
It meant only 1 week to get used to the bike – not ideal, but I thought potential weight saving worth it.
Customised Trek Emonda
Trek agreed to lend a Emonda SL9. The Emonda SLR 9 The SLR 9 has a claimed weight of 6.1 kg. When we first weighed it was about 6.3kg, but that was with 60cm frame, mechanical Dura Ace 9000 rather than Di2 and lots of extras screwed on – . However, from the SLR 9, we made quite a few modifications to bring the weight down to 5.1kg.
Some details of hill climb bike
- Frame – Emonda SLR – OCLV 700 series frame (claimed weight of an Emonda SLR 56cm frame is 690grams) – This frame is 60cm, so a bit bigger.
- Groupset – Shimano Dura Ace 9000 mechanical – but front mech removed and Shimano Dura Ace 7900 crank to fit Race Face narrow wide single chainring.
- Rear wheels – Zipp 202 (weight with cassette and TT tub – 900 grams)
- Front wheel – Tune hub / AX lightness rim (weight with Vittoria Chrono TT tub – 550 grams)
- Saddle – AX Lightness (63 grams) (The Bontrager Paradigm XXX saddle was 175g)
- Brakes – Shimano Dura Ace 9000
- Pedals – Speedplay (X1) – 150 grams a pair
- Total weight – 5.1 kg – (8-900 grams lighter than Trek Madone hill climb bike in 2013)
Trek say ‘The Emonda is made from Trek’s top-end 700 Series carbon fibre, but lighter and without compromising stiffness or handling’. It is geared up to be a ‘climber’s bike and Trek must be hoping the UCI reduce their weight limit of 6.7kg.