Is there an industry standard for comparing bike weight?
As a bike manufacturer it’s tempting to weigh our smallest frames with no hardware or paint. After all, everyone wants to boast about making the lightest bike. But that’s deceiving. We weigh our frames with everything necessary to make them function as part of a complete bicycle. We don’t sell unpainted bikes, and to ride them our customers need the headset, bottom bracket, seat post and all the hardware necessary to mount a saddle. In short, we include all the parts we engineer to be as light as possible.
When comparing the weights of different bikes, make sure that the listed weights include the same effective parts. Was it weighed with hangers and clamps? Does it have a seat mast? If it has a seat mast, is all of the hardware included? What size was weighed? Was it painted? Frame set or “module” weights are becoming increasingly common. Don’t be fooled.