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Andy's 5.0 kg Hill Climb Orbea Orca

A big weekend for our nutritionist Andy and his B38 team at the weekend saw him take on the UK national hill climb championships at Pea Royd Lane in Stocksbridge. Having already used our dietary analysis tools to lose 4kg off himself, he put his equipment on a diet, stripping his bike down to a total weight of 5.0 kg. Here's a look at the bike that took him to 7th place overall and the 1st place in the team competition.

Given the relatively constant gradient of the course, Andy opted for a fixed gear 36-19 tooth set up using White Industries Eccentric hub, allowing him to use his B38 Team Issue Orbea Orca OMR frameset rather than a heavier track frame. As well as removing the need for shifters, mechs, cables and batteries, fixed gear riders are permitted to remove their rear brake shedding even more weight from the build.

A cut down and flipped set of road bars combined with an adapted time trial brake lever reduces the cockpit weight whilst an outfront mount positions his garmin in a visible position making it easy monitor power and adjust pacing.

Other changes include a full carbon saddle (not recommend for rides longer than a few minutes!), positioned as far forward as allowed and a longer stem to facilitate an aggressive riding position as well as a fast rolling vittoria corsa speed front tubular tyre glued to a box section carbon wheel, and grippy corsa cx rear tyre to prevent loss of traction.

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