Schmolke Carbon steps up from simply weight weenie parts to full full ultralight carbon highway & gravel bikes in partnership with WiaWis. Providing aero highway, light-weight highway & gravel framesets, Schmolke will construct you a UCI-approved race bike however nonetheless unlawful for racing as a result of they’re simply too mild, irrespective of your most popular dropbar self-discipline.
They aren’t low cost, however are surprisingly cheaper than top-tier inventory builds from the likes of Trek, Specialised, Scott, or BMC…
Schmolke x WiaWis full ultralight carbon bikes
Whereas a lot of the bike trade has prioritized aerodynamics and mixed-surface capabilities in recent times, model founder Stefan Schmolke is an unapologetic weight weenie. For the final thirty years he’s been crafting ultralight carbon cockpits and wheels – bars, seatposts, stems & rims – however now he desires to ship full manufacturing bikes for riders seeking to push the boundaries of light-weight.
However as an alternative of ranging from scratch with in-house frames, Schmolke Carbon has paired up with the confirmed light-weight carbon bikes of WiaWis out of South Korea, which occurs to already be UCI accepted, even when most of Schmolke’s full bikes are too mild to race. It’s additionally not an enormous leap to see the 2 manufacturers work collectively, Schmolke has lengthy been a supporter of a number of German and ex MTB World Champ Sabine Spitz who we regularly noticed racing prototype WiaWis bikes kitted out in Schmolke carbon.
Light-weight doesn’t precisely come low cost, however that stated an entire Schmolke Carbon bike begins to look surprisingly cheap whenever you evaluate it to the tremendous excessive echelons of American or European bike manufacturers that often promote ultra-premium manufacturing highway bikes within the $10-15,000 vary withOUT boutique carbon parts.
The Schmolke Aerrow semi-aero, absolutely built-in highway bike sells for 12,000€ with a brand new Dura-Ace Di2 group, a THM Clavicula crankset and Schmolke’s personal top-level TLO carbon handlebar, stem, saddle, seatpost & 45mm deep wheels constructed on Extralite hubs – all for a claimed full weight of 6.1kg. Dial it again to a SRAM AXS construct with SRAM cranks for only a 600g penalty, and it’ll ‘solely’ value you 10,800€.
The present Schmolke x WiaWis Aerrow frameset itself sells for 2780€ by itself, with a roughly 840g body. (WiaWis calls it the Radical.)
However Schmolke desires to supply one thing a bit lighter, so has labored with WiaWis on a next-gen light-weight body that’s round 720g. Weight isn’t the one precedence – it nonetheless needs to be stiff, sturdy & straightforward to work with – so the brand new bike is all carbon besides alloy backside bracket threads for a brand new T47 BB.
Additionally nonetheless making rim brake bikes!
Wish to go even lighter? Stefan Schmolke will construct you a 5kg full bike with rim brakes for about the identical value, identical to he rides. However perhaps act quick. Schmolke’s light-weight drivetrain of alternative continues to be SRAM Purple 22 mechanical with THM Fibula brakes. SRAM continues to be promoting him the groupsets (at about the identical value as Purple AXS apparently), however we will’t think about that can proceed for too lengthy.
Schmolke ultralight carbon gravel bikes too
The Schmolke x WiaWis collaboration additionally does gravel, as effectively. Their 8500€ Infinity Ekar weighs simply 7.1kg constructed up with a Campagnolo Ekar 1×13 groupset, tubeless-ready Schmolke 30 TLO wheels on DT 240 hubs, Schmolke TLO bar/stem/seatpost, and an SL saddle that even affords a little bit of padding for you.
Weight weenies aren’t useless! Lengthy reside the gram counters!