How Much Does a Tour de France Bike Weigh? (It’s not 6.8 kg)

How Much Does a Tour de France Bike Weigh? Wout Poels in Polka Dot jersey, Tadej Pogačar in Yellow jersey, Mark Cavendish in Green jersey, and Jonas Vingegaard in White jersey at the start of the 18 Stage, 2021 TdF (©A.S.O./Charly Lopez)

The 2022 Tour de France begins this Friday, so I bring you another data-driven research. This time, I scrutinized the Tour de France bike weights.

You might be surprised, but just a few bikes weigh 6.8 kg, which is the UCI limit.

Many bikes exceed 7 kg.

I gathered the weights of all road bikes used by all cycling teams (World Tour + Pro Continental) on the Tour de France since 2020 and did the math.

So…

How much does a Tour de France bike weigh?

The average Tour de France bike weight was 7.2 kg in 2020, 7.1 kg in 2021, and 7.1 kg in 2022.

Continue reading to learn more.

Abbreviations used: PT – Pro Tour Team, WT – World Tour Team, UCI – Union Cycliste Internationale

A Few Words About This Research

When searching for the weights of the TdF road bikes, I faced multiple challenges:

  1. The bike weights vary depending on the bike size, specifications, and components.
  2. Not all weights were available (e.g., on the manufacturers’ websites, in magazines, or online).

This means that the overall results are slightly skewed, but I did my best to provide you with the most accurate answers.


Tour de France Bike Weight in 2022

NOTE: The 2022 Tour de France is taking place between the 1st of June 2022 and the 24th of June 2022. It’s currently not confirmed which bikes the riders will ride. So, I gathered data for the bikes they used in the first part of the season. I will update this article once more info is available.

The following table shows the bikes of all teams participating in the 2022 Tour de France.

TeamAero BikeLightweight Bike
AG2R Citroën TeamBMC Timemachine RoadBMC Teammachine SLR01 Team
Astana Qazaqstan TeamWilier Filante SLRWilier Zero SLR
Bahrain - VictoriousMerida Reacto Disc TeamMerida Scultura Disc Team
BORA - hansgrohe Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
CofidisDe Rosa MerakDe Rosa Merak
EF Education-EasyPost Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod DiscCannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc
Groupama - FDJLapierre Aircode DRS 9.0Lapierre Xelius SL3
INEOS GrenadiersPinarello Dogma FPinarello Dogma F
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux Cube Litening C68XCUBE Litening TE
Israel - Premier Tech Factor Ostro VAM
Factor One
Factor O2 VAM
Jumbo-VismaCervelo S5Cervelo R5
Cervelo Caledonia 5
Lotto SoudalRidley Noah Fast DiscRidley Helium SLX Disc
Movistar TeamCanyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX 9 Disc
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
Team BikeExchange - Jayco Giant Propel Advanced DiscGiant TCR Advanced SL Disc
Team DSMScott Foil RCScott Addict RC
Trek - SegafredoTrek Madone SLRTrek Emonda SLR
UAE Team EmiratesColnago ConceptColnago V3Rs
Colnago C64
Alpecin-DeceuninckCanyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX 9 Disc
Team Arkéa-Samsic (PT)Canyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX 9 Disc
Team Total Direct Energie (PT)Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
B&B Hotels - KTM (PT)KTM Revelator Lisse PrestigeKTM Revelator Alto Exonic
List of the teams that participated in the 2022 Tour de France and their bikes.

The average 2022 Tour de France bike weight is 7.1 kg.

The average 2022 Tour de France aero bike weight is 7.25 kg.

The average 2022 Tour de France lightweight bike weight is 6.93 kg.

The Average Weight of the Tour de France Team Bikes in 2020, 2021, and 2022
The Average Weight of the Tour de France Bikes. The weights of 2022 bikes are based on the weights of bikes used by the teams before TdF 2022.

Check out these weight statistics of road bikes. I summarized over 400 bikes and categorized them to determine how the brake and frame type influence the overall weight.


Tour de France Bike Weight in 2021

The following table shows the bikes of all teams participating in the 2021 Tour de France.

TeamAero BikeLightweight Bike
AGR Citroën TeamBMC Timemachine SLR01 TEAMBMC Teammachine SLR01 TEAM
Astana - Premier TechWilier Filante SLRWilier Zero SLR
Bahrain - VictoriousMerida Reacto Disc TeamMerida Scultura Disc Team
BORA - hansgroheSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
CofidisDe Rosa Pininfarina SKDe Rosa Merak
Deceuninck - Quick StepSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
EF Education - NippoCannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod DiscCannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc
Groupama - FDJLapierre Aircode DRSLapierre Xelius SL
INEOS GrenadiersPinarello Dogma F12 (rim)Pinarello Dogma F12 (rim)
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert MatériauxCube Litening C:68XCube Litening C:68X
Israel Start-Up NationFactor Ostro VAMFactor Ostro VAM
Lotto SoudalRidley Noah Fast DiscRidley Helium SLX Disc
Movistar TeamCanyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc
Team BikeExchangeBianchi Oltre XR4Bianchi Specialissima
Team DSMScott Foil RCScott Addict RC
Team Jumbo-VismaCervelo S5Cervelo R5
Cervelo Caledonia
Team Qhubeka NextHashBMC Timemachine RoadBMC Teammachine SLR
Trek - SegafredoTrek Madone SLRTrek Emonda SLR
UAE Team EmiratesColnago ConceptColnago V3Rs
Colnago C64
Alpecin-Fenix (PT)Canyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc
Team Arkéa-Samsic (PT)Canyon Aeroad CFR DiscCanyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc
Team TotalEnergies (PT)Wilier Filante SLRWilier Zero SLR
B&B Hotels p/b KTM (PT)KTM Revelator Lisse PrestigeKTM Revelator Alto Exonic
List of the teams that participated in the 2021 Tour de France and their bikes.

The average 2021 Tour de France bike weight was 7.1 kg.

The average 2021 Tour de France aero bike weight was 7.27 kg.

The average 2021 Tour de France lightweight bike weight was 6.97 kg.


See the Tour de France bikes prices.


Tour de France Bike Weight in 2020

The following table shows the bikes of all teams participating in the 2020 Tour de France.

TeamAero BikeLightweight Bike
AGR La MondialeEddy Merckx 525 DiscEddy Merckx Stockeu69 Rim
Astana Pro TeamWilier Zero SLRWilier Zero SLR
Bahrain - McLarenMerida Reacto Team-EMerida Scultura Disc
BORA - hansgrohe Specialized VengeSpecialized Tarmac
CCC TeamGiant Propel Adv SLGiant TCR Advanced SL
CofidisDe Rosa Pininfarina SKDe Rosa Merak
Deceuninck - Quick StepSpecialized VengeSpecialized Tarmac
EF Pro Cycling Cannondale SystemSixCannondale SuperSix Evo
Groupama - FDJLapierre AircodeLapierre Xelius SL 2 Disc
INEOS GrenadiersPinarello Dogma F12 (rim)Pinarello Dogma F12 (rim)
Israel Start-Up Nation Factor OneFactor O2 VAM
Lotto SoudalRidley Noah Fast DiscRidley Helium SLX Disc
Mitchelton-ScottSCOTT Addict RCSCOTT Addict RC
Movistar TeamCanyon Aeroad CF SLX Team MOVCanyon Ultimate CF SLX Team MOV
NTT Pro CyclingBMC Timemachine RoadBMC SLR Disc
Team Jumbo-VismaBianchi Oltre XR4Bianchi Infinito
Team SunwebCervelo S5Cervelo R5
Trek - SegafredoTrek MadoneTrek Domane
Trek Emonda
UAE Team EmiratesColnago ConceptColnago V3Rs
Colnago C64
Team Arkéa-Samsic (PT)Canyon Aeroad DiscCanyon Ultimate CF Disc
Team Total Direct Energie (PT)Wilier Zero SLRWilier Zero SLR
B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM (PT)KTM Revelator Alto SonicKTM Revelator Alto Sonic
List of the teams that participated in the 2020 Tour de France and their bikes.

The average 2020 Tour de France bike weight was 7.22 kg.

The average 2020 Tour de France aero bike weight was 7.41 kg.

The average 2020 Tour de France lightweight bike weight was 7.03 kg.


You might also be interested in these Tour de France statistics that include info about riders’ weights, heights, BMI, and more.


Tour de France Bikes FAQ


Conclusion

The weight of Tour de France bikes fluctuates between 6.8 kg (which is the minimum weight stated by the UCI regulations) and 7.5 kg. However, some bikes can exceed this weight.

Aero road bikes, for example, are about 300g heavier on average than lightweight (or all-rounder) road bikes.

The same applies to disc brake road bikes. Most teams use disc brakes (which are heavier than rim brakes). This ‘transition’ from rim to disc is almost complete. Just a few teams (INEOS, UAE) or riders (Tadej Pogačer) use rim brakes during mountainous stages.

Do you think that UCI will update the weight limit in the future, so we will see bikes weighing 6.5 kg or even less?

In case you find any mistakes, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you!

The preview picture ©A.S.O./Charly Lopez (cropped)

2 thoughts on “How Much Does a Tour de France Bike Weigh? (It’s not 6.8 kg)”

  1. Hello Petr,
    Thanks for your post which is really interesting and informative. I am writing a paper about composite materials used in Tour de France. I am wondering where you found these bike weights. Thank you!

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