IB13: Fair Wheel Bikes, Part One – Crumpton’s 8.88lb Race Road Bike & 10.98lb Carbon BMX Bike
Fair Wheel Bikes is packing more showstoppers in their booth than any single company should be allowed at a single event. Fortunately, it’s sorta like several companies all sent a piece (or two, as is the case with Crumpton) for use by Fair Wheel to show what they can do.
Above is an 8.88lb (4.03kg) race ready road bike. FWB’s Jason says they wanted to build something that could be raced, with proven parts that didn’t sacrifice any durability for weight savings.
The result is a wispy 8.86lb bike that uses the Tune Skyline wheels, the same model Chris Froome raced in the Tour de France. It’s running 700×22 Vittoria Crono Evo CS tubulars (not taped or glued yet).
Other build highlights are a Recon alloy cassette, KCNC titanium brake cables, Aican housing, Powercordz shift cables, Fibula brakes, Mcfk saddle and Schmolke post, custom ENVE stem and Schmolke TLO handlebar bonded together by Calfee. It’s wrapped with Lizardskins DLC bar tape.
Fortunately for Jason, the ~700g frame just happens to be about his size.
Unlike some of the other builds, which we’ll showcase in separate posts, this one uses off the shelf parts. True, they’re expensive boutique off the shelf parts, but there’s nothing about this bike that couldn’t be replicated by anyone with the means.
Don’t ever let it be said that small gram savings here and there don’t add up in a big way.
There’s no doubt using a seatmast could have taken the weight down a bit more, but practicality ruled out. (and yes, we realize using the word “practical” about any part of this bike borders on ridiculous)
Making it move is the THM Clavicula cranks pulling a KMC SL11 DLC chain around Tune chainrings.
Standard SRAM Red 22 shifter/levers and derailleurs were used.
Yes, these wheels are super light, but they’ve been around for a while and are Tour tested. Lest you think FWB just throws caution to the wind in the quest for ultimate lightness, even they say they’re a bit concerned about Tune’s new carbon clinchers’ minimal weights until they can get some time on them.
SRAM’s cassettes are light. But Recon’s alloy 11-speed 11-23 cassette is quite a bit lighter:
Estimated retail for the complete bike is right at $20,000.
Crumpton also put together this full carbon BMX frame, and FWB gave it the lightweight treatment.
A Bombshell carbon BMX handlebar was bonded to an Enve stem by Calfee.
The complete bike would come in around $11,000.
Weight is just 10.98lbs (4.98kg) with Bebop pedals.