AX-Lightness releases featherweight 15lb hardtail

A drool-worthy proposition for the weight weenies

German lightweight specialist AX-Lightness has teased details on a featherweight version of its VIAL evo XC bike.

Totalling 6.9kg/15.2lb, the €8,999 build comes in at a fraction above the UCI’s weight limit of 6.8kg/14.9lb and includes SRAM’s latest 12-speed Eagle XX1 transmission and Guide Ultimate brakes, a Fox 32 SC Factory fork and AX-Lightness’ own carbon wheelset.

To further reduce weight, AX-Lightness has plastered the build in its own components and finishing kit, much of which is the lightest available anywhere.

AX-Lightness' Vial evo XC on the scales
AX-Lightness' Vial evo XC on the scales

At the heart of the build is AX-Lightness’ own VIAL evo XC frame, which totals a claimed weight figure of just 870g/1.9lb in a size medium (44cm/17.3in), and is hand built in the company’s facility in Creußen, Germany.

Should that be a little too much to spend, a version with a Shimano XT 1x11drivetrain and Shimano’s M8000 wheelset is available for a whole €4,000 less, and at a penalty of 1.6kg/3.5lb.

We’ll post more on this bike when we get to see it in the flesh, later this month.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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