BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast: How to create a super-light road bike

Hill climb aficionados Joe and Jack discuss the best places to save weight on your road bike

Joe Norledge's Trek Emonda SLR hill climb bike

When it comes to riding fast uphill, weight matters.


And, when the goal is to get to the top of the hill as fast as humanly possible, as is the case in a hill climb race, getting your bike as light as possible is vital.

Regular readers will know Joe Norledge and Jack Luke from the BikeRadar team are our hill climb aficionados. Over the years, they’ve competed across the country in hill climb races on bikes weighing around the 5kg mark.

So, how did they get their bikes so light and how can you save weight on your bike? In this episode of the BikeRadar Tech Talk podcast, Joe and Jack discuss where’s best to shave weight from a road bike – and where not to try.

If you want to see exactly what they’re talking about, check out our gallery of lightweight bikes from the 2019 hill climb season, or take a look at former national champion Andrew Feather’s 5.4kg Cannondale SuperSix Evo.

Hill climb racing
BikeRadar’s Joe Norledge knows a thing or two about climbing hills quickly.
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