German brand Lightweight introduced their Urgestalt road bike in August, just prior to Eurobike, so we used the tradeshow to get closer and see where the complete bikes weighed in.
The “archetype” frame comes in at a claimed 790g, and framesets including their new seatpost are catalogued at 1,340g with fork and headset. But when you add in their new Rennbugel handlebar, their wheels and a full build, here’s what it looks like…
Cable ports work with either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Nice to see a fat taper on such a light bike.
There’s just enough room above the dropout to slide the rear cable/wire through, keeping it internal until the last minute.
The seatpost is shaped just for this bike…
…and is held in place by a stealthy bolt on the bottom that simply pushes a wedge inside the top tube against the post.
Stout rectanglar chainstays and a massive bottom bracket section should help keep things stiff and efficient where it counts, but the stays are pretty thin and ever so slightly flattened. That combo is increasingly common and lends to this bike’s plans for long distance riders.
The included seatpost can be adapted to run either Monolink or standard saddles.
The complete bike (sans pedals) tipped in at 5.93kg (13.07lb) with full Dura-Ace 9000.
The Runnbugel handlebar starts dropping at the bend but has a fairly shallow drop. Claimed weight is just 168g!
The center section morphs to flat faces that look pretty comfy. It’s otherwise a pretty round bar.