Ultra-light hill climb bikes go head-to-head

The Trek Emonda gets pitched against a Reilly 600SL in a battle for the best hill climb bike

Which one is your favourite?

Coming towards the end of their time with the bikes, Reuben and Joe go back over what makes these builds so special in this episode of BikeRadar Diaries.

This time, however, there's a twist. The guys want you to vote for your favourite build, with the loser having to ride a very cheap, probably very heavy bike up the horribly steep Draycott, a climb famous for it's prolonged 20+ percent gradient section here in the south-west of England.

Reuben's Reilly 600SL

Reuben went for a less mainstream Reilly 600SL
Reuben went for a less mainstream Reilly 600SL

Joe's Trek Émonda Project One

Joe's Trek Emonda is a sleek looking hill climb machine
Joe's Trek Emonda is a sleek looking hill climb machine

In the Hill Climb Diaries: part 5 — Joe's incredible 5.2kg Trek Emonda we take a look at Joe's bike and his training regime.

You can vote for your favourite bike here and look forward to a future episode where you'll be able to watch one of the duo suffer on the 20+ percent gradient climb on a weighty clunker.

Did they make the right spec decisions? What would you have done differently? Let us know in the comments.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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