2018 Lightweight Urgestalt
There aren’t too many brands that elicit the sort of reactions from just about every cyclist that Lightweight does. Once upon a time they produced only the minimally branded wheels that the likes of Cipollini, Armstrong and Ullrich would buy with their own coin for their racing, regardless of who were the teams’ official wheel sponsors. Now that Lightweight has branched out to make the Urgestalt frame, you can have access to perhaps the best riding, best balanced racing frame on the market.
Made from ultra-high modulus carbon fiber, the Urgestalt frames certainly live up to the Lightweight name, tipping the scales at around 790 grams, but that is only half the story. As with their wheels, Lightweight has not focused on providing only one strength, rather they have created a lightweight carbon bike that handles beautifully and remains comfortable over long hours in the saddle. They have managed this by giving the frame a special layup where each frame size receives an individually layered structure to ensure a consistent level of lateral stiffness and vertical compliance. What you get is effortless handling with knife-sharp 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. This is a bike made for hammering hour long crits as well as grinding out a 200km Gran Fondo.
Since this is sold as a frame only, Lightweight has taken care to keep it compatible with an number of component and accessory choices. Not surprisingly it 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 appearance and clean lines. The BB386 Evo 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. Similarly, the 1 1/8” - 1 1/2” tapered steerer tube 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, but anyone who has converted to the wide-tire phenomenon will be happy that you can slap some 28mm tires on this baby and get all the benefits of vibration absorbing comfort and low rolling resistance.
To save you the trouble of googling it, “urgestalt” means “architype” in German. It might not initially roll trippingly off the tongue but from the moment you get onto your Lightweight Urgestalt, you’ll certainly feel the truth in the name. You’ll never want to ride anything else.
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: BB386 Evo
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
Max Tire Width: 28mm
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 48cm | 51cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | 60cm |
Weight: 790g | 1.7lbs