Hill climb racing is all about your power-to-weight ratio and whereas aerial issues do come into play on longer or quicker programs, there are doubtlessly important features to be made by taking the burden off your bike.
Equally, hill climbing within the UK is ruled by the CTT and never the UCI, the 6.8kg minimal weight doesn’t apply right here. You’ll be able to trip any bike you want, so long as it is a recumbent and has two brakes (or one brake if it is a mounted gear).
This makes the UK’s mountaineering scene a hotbed for wild light-weight tech and loopy eyebrow-raising modifications, and that is why we like it a lot.
Potential efficiency features apart, dropping grams off your bike can be a whole lot of enjoyable, and watching the ensuing construct is much more enjoyable (and fewer damaging to your checking account) than doing it your self.
We had been on the Nationwide Hill Climb Championships over the weekend to scope out a number of the coolest light-weight expertise on present, and the 9 bikes we picked definitely do not disappoint.
Held in Streetly, close to Studying, this yr’s nationwide course is held at 1.30 with a median gradient of 13 %.
The occasion’s huge 479-strong beginning record was additionally notable for the scale of the ladies’s discipline. Thanks largely to the efforts of riders like Laurie Pestana, a report 140 feminine riders lined up for this yr’s nationals, whose marketing campaign sponsors fund the locations of about 90 feminine riders.
Click on by means of the 9 galleries under to take a look at each juicy element and you should definitely inform us which one is your favourite within the feedback.
Andrew Feather’s 5.4kg Cannondale Supersix
Andrew Feather (HuntBikeWheels.com) has had an ideal hill climbing season, profitable each single race he entered.
He additionally scored his second win on the nationwide degree after his 2018 win with a time of two:04.86. For this yr’s occasion, he rode the identical 2019 Cannondale SuperSix EVO that he raced the earlier two seasons.
Bethja Jones’s 5.6kg Tifosi Mons
Bethja Jones (Punkhurst Cycles) won the women’s event with a time of 2:47.94 on her Tifosi Mons.
Bithja has had an equally impressive season this season, winning promotions for Berkhamsted CC, Newbury Velo and Blazing Saddles.
His 5.6 kg bike (in terms of hill climbing) is notable for its use of Deep Fulcrum Racing Speed Wheels
Tom Bell’s 5.5kg Rose X-Lite Team
Tom Bell (High North Performance) – a friend and semi-regular contributor to BikeRadar – finished second in the men’s event with a time of 2:05.93.
He rode an everyday X-Lite team specially equipped with a pair of Shimano XTR SPD mountain bike pedals. Click through the gallery above to find out why!
Hamish McDougall’s 5.3kg Dolan Seta
Hamish McDougall (Team Lifting Gear Products / Cycles in Motion) has two remarkable things – one of the coolest/fastest pain faces any mountain climber can do and this surprisingly uncompromising fixed gear hill climb bike.
Built around a Dolan Seta track frame, Hamish drove 39x19t gear a day for a 13 percent average gradient climb, covering pitches of up to 25 percent. Perhaps this is what explains the pain face.
Mary Wilkinson’s 7kg Vertex SLR
Mary Wilkinson (Yorkshire Road Club) finished second in the women’s event in this ~7kg Vertex SLR.
As well as running an interesting mix of 10-speed era Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra components, Marie also opted for grippier rear tires, which was a wise choice as riders were exposed to heavy rain showers in the latter part of the event. faced.
Josh Coyne’s 5.5kg Cube Lightning
Josh Coyne’s (Bpm Coaching) 5.5kg Cube Litening is one of our favorite bikes from the day.
The super-clean build features all kinds of interesting technology, with the Profile Sweat TT Bull Horn Bar being a special highlight.
Marcus Cram’s Sub-5kg Sarto Asola
Marcus Cram (Bladon CC) Sub-5kg Custom Sarto Assola is one of the lightest bikes of the day. Based on a roughly 700g frame that was custom built in Italy and assembled by Backyard Bikeshop in Newcastle, the entire bike weighs less than 5kg.
The peculiarly beautiful boutique build and unpainted finish also go some way to bucking the weight.
Bexi Dew Colnago V2R
Bexy Dew (Senna Cycling) finished fifth in the women’s event on this beautiful Colnago V2R.
While we didn’t grab the weight for the bike, it doesn’t really matter – we’re happy to see that classic Campagnolo SuperRecord EPS groupset and those tan wall tires.
Nikola Soden’s Parlee
Nikola Soden (DataLinux-Perensis Cycling) Parly has some of the wildest modifications we saw that day.
As far as cutting the rear brake lever in half and removing the brake pad retaining bolt goes, this pretty pared-back bike is as hill-climb specific as it comes.