The German boutique brands of Urwahn and Schmolke have collaborated on a unique 3D-printed steel bike, including a dazzling copper plated finish.
Like previous steel frames from Urwahn, this latest creation features the same combination seattube/seatstays configuration as previous designs.
However, in order to lighten things up, carbon components from Schmolke such as their handlebar, seatpost, 45mm clincher wheels with Tune hubs (another German boutique brand) have been added to the build, while weight has been further reduced courtesy of a SRAM Red/Force eTap AXS wireless groupset.
As striking as the bike looks, one can only wonder how its bold design performs.
According to Urwahn, “the velodrome field test quickly showed the effect of the combination of steel and carbon – a comfortable geometry with brute bottom bracket stiffness meets aerodynamic lightweight construction.”
“The elastic suspension of the rear wheel guarantees additional riding comfort without sacrificing bottom bracket stiffness. This effect is particularly noticeable on longer rides and/or uneven surfaces; a decisive advantage over the competition.”
Urwahn claims a complete bike in a size medium weighs in at around 20 pounds, which won’t win any plaudits from the weight weenies crowd, while the price will set you back a hefty $9,500 (€8,499).
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