2017 Lightweight Urgestalt Weiss Edition
It’s not hard to get wrapped up in the numbers of how much or little bikes like the Lightweight Urgestalt Weiss Edition weigh. But, impressive as it may be, it’s only a small part of the ultimate goal. A Lightweight Urgestalt has been developed by its German engineers to be light, yes, but also handle amazingly well with a balanced ride that still snaps to attention every time you accelerate out of the saddle.
With this Weiss Edition, which you’ve probably already figured out means “White Edition”, Lightweight has upped the ante on just how stiff they could get the frame without adding any weight or losing the elegantly supple ride. And though it is not obvious where the improvements come, if you could look deep into the carbon layup, you would find where they have started their revolution. Made from ultra-high modulus carbon fiber, the Urgestalt frames certainly live up to the Lightweight name, tipping the scales at around 790 grams. This is a bike that handles beautifully and remains comfortable over long hours in the saddle. The frame’s special layup has been individualized for each frame size to ensure a consistent level of lateral stiffness and vertical compliance. What you get is precise handling with effortless cornering while the touted low weight will help you feel like you are floating up the climbs. The geometry will slip you into a naturally aggressive position, but not so aggressive that you will feel uncomfortable after longer rides.
A lot of the credit for the ease of handling can be given to the Urgestalt carbon fork and the 1 1/8” - 1 1/2” tapered steerer tube, which increases the stability and responsiveness up front. A Lightweight integrated headset is included with the frame, so you won’t have to worry about that when building up your ride. The frame has been designed for 700c wheels and rim brakes, and can accept up to 28mm tires to offer all the benefits of vibration absorbing comfort and low rolling resistance wider tires bring. The press fit bottom bracket makes it possible for Lightweight to go really big with the bottom bracket shell - one of the reasons the frame feels so effortlessly responsive when you are putting down some power - while remaining compatible with tons of different crank manufacturers. It naturally accommodates both electric and mechanical groupsets, and the internal cable routing means that you will be able to get it set up without ruining its sleek white detailing of the Weiss Edition.
Though German might not be the most facile of languages to get the hang of, their tagline, “Handarbeit für Beinarbeit” – literally “hand work for leg work” – is a clever catchphrase highlighting the hand touches that make Lightweight products such a joy to ride. Once you jump on your Lightweight Urgestalt Weiss Edition, you’ll never doubt the magic a little German ingenuity can create.
Frame: Ultra high modulus monocoque carbon
Fork: Urgestalt Carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes, Lightweight integrated
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 48cm | 51cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | 60cm |
Weight: 790g | 1.7lbs