While they built their brand on simple fixed gear and single speed bikes for cruising around the city, Berlin-based 8bar has been spreading out on the roads and trails with a their alloy Kronprinz road race bike that came to market in 2015 and now with a new affordable geared alloy bike that can take on any road surface depending on how you set it up, from asphalt to dirt, and loaded touring in between…
8bar is calling the bike the first truly convertible All-Road-Bike. And to test it out they spent some time over the winter touring the dirt roads and mountain passes of Morocco to make sure it was up to the challenge.
Its goal is to serve as a frame for any type of adventure, covering road, cyclocross and adventure touring. It gets its flexibility by changing geometry with the seasons. 8bar sees the complete bike being able to make the complete transformation in a quick reconfiguration at home.
The bike comes with two forks, and together with sliding dropouts, it is maybe just 30 minutes to jump back and forth from one mode to the other, including swapping out tires and racks as needed.
The new Mitte heads to a Kickstarter campaign now as it transitions towards production, through til March 16. Two complete disc brake builds are available: the Comp for 1800€, and the Pro for 2400€ with delivery expected in September 2016. Plus if you jump on it quick, both builds are available in very limited numbers for more than a 25% discount.