Hill climb racing is a small niche of the UK time trial scene that involves going up hills as fast as possible. Being the UK, these climbs are usually short and steep, with races ranging from under two minutes to a maximum of around 20 minutes. To perform well, you need to maximise your power to weight ratio.
Normally, UCI rules would infamously dictate a 6.8kg weight limit (originally applied in 2000 and never updated) for bikes, but the CTT governs hill climb racing in the UK, and so the UCI rules don’t apply — in fact, there’s no weight limit at all.
This, combined with the fact that most hill climbs are raced by amateurs and part-time professionals (so there are generally fewer racers with sponsorship commitments), leads to some wonderfully bonkers weight weenie bikes popping up at races.
As you might expect, it’s incredibly bling. Weighing in at just over 5.4kg, it’s covered in all kinds of beautiful (and expensive) carbon exotica.
The bike is built around a 54cm 2019 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD frameset. Much valued for its excellent stiffness to weight ratio, Andrew interestingly says he much prefers it to the 2020 version — which, being only available with disc brakes in the Hi-MOD version, builds up as a substantially heavier bike.
Despite how light it already is, Joe noticed that there are still areas that Andrew could possibly shave off a few more grams. Andrew noted, however, that he liked certain components for their strength and reliability, and therefore prefers to stick with them rather than go for the absolute lowest weight at all costs.
You can take a closer look at Andrew’s bike in the gallery above. Can you spot any areas that could be improved? Leave a comment below and let us know what bike and components you would choose if you were building an ultimate hill climb bike.
Andrew Feather’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO hill climb bike full specifications
Frameset: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD 54cm
Front brake: Cane Creek EE
Rear brake: Cane Creek EE
Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap
Front derailleur: None
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 11-28
Chain: Shimano HG-X11
Crankset: Power2Max Power Meter with NG Rotor Aldhu 3D+ cranks, 172.5mm crank length
Chainring: Wolf Tooth Drop Stop 44t
Wheelset: HUNT Hill Climb SL Tubular
Tyres: Vittoria Crono CS tubular 22mm
Handlebar: Schmolke Carbon Roadbar Oversize Evo TLO, 40cm
Stem: Mcfk Stem 6-degree, 100mm
Tape/grips: Electrical tape
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Saddle: Schmolke TLO
Seatpost: Mcfk Seatpost, 25.4mm
Other accessories: Garmin out-front mount, C-Bear bottom bracket and jockey wheels
Simon is a freelance writer and photographer, who has been riding bikes for fun since he was a kid, but took a deep dive into road racing, crits and time trialling culture whilst living in London in his twenties. As a man of very little talent, he always looks to tech to compensate and loves nothing more than finding a smart (preferably cheap) hack that others hadn’t thought of. His stable of bikes certainly isn’t the most extravagant, but they’re all customised to meet Simon’s particular tastes and kept fastidiously clean. His current No.1 bike is a 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL, that he purchased second hand from a friend in London — he maintains that the 2019 TCR is basically the same bike, so why bother upgrading?