Schindelhauer’s 18K, Fixie-Looking, Touring Bike

What likely happened with the Schindelhauer Ludwig Xiv Cs Elite Touring Bike featured at Brown’s London, is a buyer saw fashion fixes in other high-end retailers. Possibly a 14 Bike Co bike and then spec’d this with Schindelhauer for their shopper that wants gears, brakes, and an exclusive price point of 18K USD.

A track-frame with discs, belt-drive, and internally-geared hub

Soften up that stiff-ass aluminum frame with a carbon fork, then stiffen it back up with carbon wheels and go gadgety with a belt drive. Hand-made disc brakes are cool, so are those dropouts, and the Ludwig is a nice spec, but oddly marketed as “touring.”

Carbon plate in an aluminum dropout holding a Rohloff? Your mechanic is concerned too.

There’s nothing touristy about this bike and it’s destined to end up in a shop with an owner wanting a more comfortable seat. We’d call this a flat-bar, disk-brake, urban assault bike and not unlike how US shops have built up Civias with Rohloffs for a third of the cost.

Careful when you grab that brake to not fold the front end or flip it

Schindelhauer made a market for itself with belt-drive fixes and cool. I get that, as much as I do belts in single speed cross, but my enthusiasm wanes when the belt gets out of alignment or creates massive friction. That Ludwig is also going to end up in the shop for flats and why you’d take a track-racing frame and make it into a trekking frame seems confused. The form and function of a bike is lost when you’ve got one aluminum frame and just hang different kit off it; especially when you consider other German touring/city bikes like the ToutTerrain Chiyoda.

A brutalist setup: thin seat on a carbon post in an aluminum tube



4 Comments

despite chatter about the bad design of the dropout, there is nothing obviously bad about it. if you browsed through their photos, the carbon fibre is merely a cosmetic cover.  in fact, the adjustable guide roller for the belt is a nice touch. 

if you look at Brown’s product description, it’s about as coherent as a whimsical Timothy Leary with a concussion.  Only backwater Chinese OEM manufacturers do product write-ups that bad. even with my technical background and minor German language comprehension, i’m still not sure if this mess was the result of marketing douchebag babbling or just a sad, sad lack of English language skills. if Schindelhauer is a German company, I am pretty disappointed.  i wouldn’t expect Brown’s to be able to handle the technical editing necessary….the fashion world is all about expression without rational thought.

other than that, the part spec is nonsensical.  not the worst i’ve ever seen, but certainly one of the most expensive. 

i don’t really care about this bike, but people keep asking me about it.  it’s a frame design that is about 70% good, parts individually are 50-90% good, the bike as a whole is about 20% good for the expressed purpose, and the price is about 0.5-2% reasonable .  factor it all together, and the bike is as irrelevant as “America’s Next Supermodel”. Sure, it looks good if you like skinny, and maybe riding it would be nicer than a kick in the teeth, but for that kinda money i could get something a lot better and still have coin to take it on a long vacation.

On Twitter, I described it as, “a bastard, red-headed, pepper-spraying stepchild of a 14bikeco and Tout-Terrain.” You’re irrelevant as America‚Äôs Next Supermodel” is apt too.

I’m glad to know you have a limit, that there exists a bike that takes it too far even for y’all.

@blasdelf yes and more it’s just all wrong. Drop that budget on a McLaren Venge that does so much right or get yourself a custom “adventure bike” like this one:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=60389800@N00&q=Denali

or, as I said above, the Civia with a Rohloff

http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/2730061154/

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