Pro Level Road Bike – 15 lbs – Under $1000

This is the latest build from the shop. The goal was to make a sub 15lbs bike for under $1000
Parts / frame used in the build:
Here’s what I learned:

1. Ultralight is not going to be a production model – You have to find old team bikes, they come with a different carbon lay, usually a toray 1200 or 1800 weave, not the production models that use a toray 600 or 800. This is important in that it makes the tea, bikes stiffer and lighter bit the carbon is more brittle and not designer for 10 years of riding. So this is a trade off you will need to decide. If you don’t believe me, call Diamondback and ask them if you can buy and actual team bike. The frames are different. With the build in the video I went with the Kelly Benefits version of the frame because I was able to find it on eBay and has a super light lay-up.

2. Merlin is basically employee pricing on Shimano. I work one day a week at a bike shop and Merlin’s prices are within 10% of the shop deals. To the point where employees including myself at (Undisclosed national bike shop that owns Bike Nashbar) usually order from Merlin because they have better deals and less of a hassle.

3. Carbon isn’t always the lightest. Check out Woodman Components. For the price and weight their stuff is hard to beat.

4. Take offs will make any budget go further – Hang around local shops, you’d will be surprised what people will take off their bikes to save grams. What comes off, you usually can buy (no warranty) for pennies on the dollar. Hence where I got the bars and seat post in the build.

5. Work arounds – Sometimes its worth buying a bike you don’t want just for the parts. The Mavic wheels in the build came from purchasing Stevens that went straight to eBay without wheels. I think I paid around $1200 on Craigslist and sold the bike without wheels for around $1000. Hence the wheels cost $200ish

6. If you want to spend more time riding than building, just go to shop and pick up a decent road bike for $1500 (I can suggest some bikes if you need help). It’s not easy to build-up ultralight bike, understand they take time. Also invest in a scale haha.


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ says:

Steal a bike during the Tour de France, that’s easier.

Bill Datz says:

Everyone is busting their shoes to trim weight off of their bike, when it is far easier to trim a few #’s off of your lardy ass. Dang.

saleem waheed says:

Cool build!

Ben S says:

Bullshit prices! you can’t get these parts for that might as well rob someone and pay nothing!

Dj Stanek says:

Frame, fork, components – $1000. Shipping for all the components and frame? 1 month time to source everything. Are the parts new? used? labor to assemble? Tools required to assemble? Buying Shimano overseas is the reason Independent Bike Shops are closing and something Shimano is trying to put the end to.

Klaus Brinck says:

This video was for me a realy important prof of concept, loved it!!!!!!! instant subscribe!!!!

DansMightyYogurtSlinger says:


krazykillerklown says:

i bet it costs $999.99

quest 123 says:

I compared a trek emonda sl 6 and a nashbar cr5 which I both owned and there really isnt a big difference between the two, besides the price. The trek cost about $1900 dollars more.

Marko Jankovic says:

I have build Felt F1 SL roadbike on 7.5kg (size 58cm). Parts are Sram force groupset (2013) Fulcrum F3 wheelset with conti grandprix tyres, saddle is fizik arione (240g) seatpost is ritchey wcs carbon, stem and handlebar are Aluminuim PRO sl, peals are look with Titanium axle 240g pair. There is still plenty room to go down with weight for low amount of money, for now it has costed me about 1000 euros

Kyle Matthews says:

My bike is 15.1 lbs and cost $1800. It is a Jamis Icon frameset with SRAM force1 and SRAM XX drivetrain, dura ace wheels, and deda cockpit. If there is interest I will make a video on it.

mmmStella says:

Wheels, frame, and groupset come to $935. So $65 got you handlebars, stem, bar tape, seat post, saddle, tires, tubes, pedals, and bottle cages? Please tell me where you shop.


road bikes sucks period

Stefan Andrei Rosu says:

Why bother going through so much trouble and risks (assembly, compatibility between new and second-hand parts, tools to assemble it, and so on) unless your passion is building bikes, not riding bikes?!

Unless you really plan on racing on that bike the difference from 15.8 LBS / 6.95 Kg and 17.86 LBS / 8.1 Kg, that would be my current bike, is not going to be that important. And if I were planning to race on a bike I don’t think I would rely on a second-hand bike made from parts.

I got my Canyon Endurace Al 6.0 with full Shimano 105 5800, Mavic Aksium wheels, and Continental GP4000SII tires for 1000Euros in march 2016.

Canyon Endurace Al 6.0 – 8.1Kg – 1.099,00 €

ROSE PRO SL-2000 – 7,95 kg – 1.099,00 €

vic tor says:

Wery cool! But its so bad that i live in 3rd world country, here a rusty steel bikes sold for about 200 – 300 buks, and a month salary is about 150-200 buks if you get lucky.

Siclmn Cyclerider says:

Left over team bikes? Parts from 2008? This is a crap click bait video.

William Cheek says:

grew up in ABQ. fantastic riding out there

littleBrownDwarf says:

So let me get this straight, you’d have to find a seat that weighs negative 163g in order to get it below 15 lbs? That makes no sense.

rebelsouljaz says:

at least make a build that the public can make as well, what use do we have that you and only you can get decent discounts on most of these parts and u get an awesome carbon handlebar that no one else will get for that price?

Christina S. says:

Which bike is that??
Where do I get it??

djstickywicket21 says:

Nice build Bryan

perkis5000 says:


shook919 says:

I’ve gained a ton of weight over the years, (I’m 6’0 270lbs) is there a road bike that is suitable for my size and weight that you could recommend? I feel I might be to heavy for biking. lol. my budget is $1200- $1500.

Michael Zak says:

15.8ibs without peddles for around $1200 , am i missing something here!? the title says 15lbs for under $1000, really it should of been under 16lbs for over a $1000

Christopher Burke says:

Looks cool too. And a Diamondback? Wow, talk about keeping it real for the old school riders! Well done.

Eric Muschlitz says:

i started to watch, but when he used “pro level” and “105” in the same sentence it was like huffing a fart. then he said 105 works as good as dura ace and dude, i gotta a bike w/8 yo DA mech that feels so much better than my rs505 105 spanking new. he talks of “weight limit” as if its an upper limit, no its a minimum. maybe dude is just trying to be on youtube, i dunno.

dave watkins says:

wtf is a pound? is that like an american euro?

Cruz er says:

nice work doing a budget build!

Robert Meeker says:


Potato D says:

I built my bike for 450 and the bike weighed 13 pounds. I don’t know where you get your stuff but it’s expensive

Steve Bullard says:

I agree with mrstoneycool69 the the weight seems pretty light for the components listed. If you look at the new Velo buyers guide magazine you see bikes in the many thousands of dollars with like Dura-Ace, Sram Red, Di2 etc. that weigh in the 16’s or 17’s ( example- a 5700$ Felt F2 16.14lbs. ).Bike weights have always mystified me, on how some bikes can cost so much and still be relatively heavy, and then the sub $1000 project bike come in at 15.8lbs.

death2pc says:

Weight weenies……………… Losers.

Siclmn Cyclerider says:

15.8 lbs without pedals? Is anybody going to ride it without pedals? Oh and I found some used parts too. Hey look how many people I got to click on my post.

Colby Schenkel says:

105 as good as dura ace, $450 Frame as good as 7000 bike. Huh. Seems legit

juan lopez says:

What do you think about the guru crono or the felt da 650c

Sills71 says:

15.8lbs is not 15lbs….  and the addition of pedals (and I have yet to be able to ride a bike without pedals)  will add about0.50lb…  so you built a 16.3lb bike, not a “15lb bike”.

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