Whilst I was living in Taiwan I was fortunate to get the opportunity to ride one of the lightest bikes ever made, and certainly the lightest bike I have ever ridden.
The Kuota KOM AIR is Kuota's highest level road bike. It's also one of the lightest bikes ever made.
The KOM prefix in the name stands for King of the Mountain, and it's only logical. With a frame weighing in at under 670 grams (dependant on size) it's only the weight of the wheels and parts that will determine just how super light this bike can be.
Stock standard with a Mavic Ksyrium Elite S wheelset it already weighs under 6.4kg! With a SRAM 11 speed build currently costing under $4,000 AUD (at cyclingexpress.com ) just adding a set of lightweight carbon wheels will give you a sub 6kg bike. That's an incredible performance bike at a compelling price.
On my test ride I put my own wheelset on the bike in order to reduce wear and tear of a bike I didn't own that would eventually be sold on to a customer at a discount. The wheels I put on the bike were a set of Mavic R-SYS SLR Exalith, they come with a black Exalith rim surface and carbon spokes, and the black wheels on mostly black frame set looked phenomenal.
I expected the bike to have a fairly harsh ride due to the frames super low weight and the aluminium wheelset but I was surprised at just how supple and comfortable the ride actually was.
As you can see from some of the photo's it's a truly phenomenal looking bike. It comes in various builds from Cycling Express, including SRAM Red and Dura Ace Di2 , and at this point I truly cannot think of a lighter bike with true cycling cache than the Kuota KOM.
A Kuota owners KOM Air carbon wheel build up
5.6kg Kuota KOM Air build
This Kuota KOM Air owned by a Japanese buyer looks like a true dream bike (if only I could afford a set of Lightweight wheels...).
Kuota have a long history of professional racing at the highest level
The cyclingexpres.com Kuota KOM Air Dura Ace 11 speed standard build (though I'm not sure the use of the word 'standard' should be used in any way for this bike...).