While we understand that frameset weight is one way that riders evaluate bike choice, we feel a published weight is not always a helpful comparison tool. Weights vary greatly between manufacturers (inclusion of small parts, integration, paint, size of frame, etc.) and manufacturing discrepancies mean that a published weight is, at best, an average or general indicator. The manufacturing process of a carbon bicycle frame is composed of many steps, and each one incrementally adds possible variation: cutting the composite plies, placing them by hand on a mandrel, curing, surface preparation and painting are affected by machine or human precision. That makes a certain degree of manufacturing variance inevitable.
Also, for many weight-focused riders, choice of wheelset and components is a much more decisive factor in lightweight performance. If weight is a key factor in your decision-making, we strongly suggest having your local shop weigh the build you are interested in, for a more accurate picture of the weight you’ll be handling on the road or trail.
Weight is one of a spectrum of performance benchmarks we use in our engineering process. Things like ride quality, stiffness and power transfer, and the aero profile of our tube shapes are equally – and often more – important. A bike designed for the comfort and handling of all-day, all-road conditions is going to have frame weight as one of several performance benchmarks, optimised to meet the goals for that riding experience. We also focus on usability and real-world riding – which means integrating in-frame toolkits and other storage options, extra water bottle mounts, fender mounts, connectivity protocols and other design elements that respond to what really happens on your ride.