Hill climb bike 2015


Hill climb bike

  • Trek Emonda SL frame
  • Shimano Di2 9000 Dura Ace 11sp – Front mech removed,
  • 39 Chainring – 23-11 (11 speed cog with one cog removed to fit on 10sp cassette.)
  • Handlebars Zipp Contour SL – 135 grams with drops chopped off
  • Bontrager stem
  • Bontrager direct mount light brakes
  • Rear wheel Zipp 202
  • Front wheel – tune hub, AX lightness spokes
  • Tubs Vittoria Crono
  • Weight: 5.2kg.


Tune 40 skewers. (pair 38 grams)


Speedplay X1 pedals Titanium


AX lightness saddlefront-brake

Dura Ace gears


Front of bike


Dura Ace BB 90.


Bontrager brakes.


Bontrager XXX stem


A little bit of drillium. With single chainring, I thought I ought to have a chain guard. (I would much prefer a narrow-wide chainring. But, they don’t seem to make for four armed versions.

The chain guard isn’t brilliant because it only stops the chain falling inward. Still I got to drill a few holes in it.




Rear wheel  1I found this on bike. It weighed 6 grams so I took it off!

Front brake. I could make it lighter by finding an old small brake lever and taking off the Dura Ace brake lever, but apart from that it’s hard to find too many more weight savings.

Thanks to Andy Sherwood for Sherwood cycles repairs.


Previous hill climb bikes

The one constant of old hill climb photos seems to be light bikes and bad socks.

Hill climb bike 2013


  • Hill climb bike 2013 (5.9kg)
  • Hill climb bike 2012 – Rake


    Hill climb bike 2011 – Long Hill

    Tejvan Pettinger

    Trek Madone Zipp 404 wheels, Continental Competition tyres. Tribars

    Hill climb bike 2010 – Dover’s Hill


    Trek Madone Zipp 404 wheels, Continental Competition tyres. Weight approx: 6.2kg

    Hill climb bike 2009 – Pea Royd Lane

    On Last Hair Pin - Photo by Techno
    Ribble Scandium frame. Zipp 404 wheels


    Hill climb bike 2007 – Cheddar Gorge


    2006 Hill climb bike – Devon – Sidmouth Hill


    Don’t mention socks and gloves.

    2005 national hill climb – Rake

    Ribble in a field


    8 thoughts on “Hill climb bike 2015”

    1. When do you use the Zipp 404s and when do you use the 202 and lightweight front wheel?

      I go riding in Kent where it’s pretty hilly. Would you go lightweight there or stick to 404s (which I’m considering buying for next year). Hope you can advise…

    2. I suggest weighing the socks (two pair?) hat and gloves. Might be surprised how much they weigh. On a 2-3 minute ride, the hat and gloves could easily be dropped after warm up on the way to the start line.


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