Sep 15, 2010 article & images by Nick Salazar

After the show, everything gets locked up in Fairwheel's booth.
After the show, everything gets locked up in Fairwheel's booth.

It's not every day you get the chance to see something as exotic and beautiful as this, the lightest road bike in the world. The impossibly-skinny Spin Custom frame is adorned with a whole host of featherweight parts to bring the total build weight to a little over 2.7kg, barely over 6 pounds.


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  • In all its minimal glory, the 2.7kg Spin Custom Light Bike.
  • The front end has a set of AX Lightness Orion calipers, and a set of B-T-P downtube shifters which weigh a scant 9g for the pair.
  • Upgraded from its previous iteration under Mai, the bike now features a 10-speed drivetrain with a SRAM RED modified rear derailleur at just over 100g.
  • Fairwheel used a modified Record front derailleur.
  • Crank duties go to a prototype Mythic crank, not available at your local dealer.
  • These Aerolite pedals were an extra lightweight one-off version from the manufacturer, and then drilled out for extra weight savings.
  • We thought it interesting to juxtapose this insanely light bike with some heavyweight machinery.
  • The bike is probably lighter than the laptop you're using to look at this very image.
  • The 30g Dash front hub.
  • The rear hub is a mad 84g, but production versions will be just a little over that.
  • The saddle and seatpost are one bonded carbon unit that weigh less than 80g complete.
  • The Spin used a freaky style of carbon that we'd never seen before.  Even Jason from Fairwheel doesn't know what it is.
  • One of Fairwheel's other projects was a very special Parlee aero frame, turned into a three-speed fixed gear with an internal rear hub.
  • The bike's paint job is a reveal - white paint, scratched away to reveal the black carbon underneath.
  • Fairwheel's custom top cap.
  • The bike just looks sick.
  • After the show, everything gets locked up in Fairwheel's booth.

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