Depending on how you look at it, the new Standert Pfadfinder is either a roadie’s ideal gravel bike or the perfect road bike for a mountain biker. Either way, the new Pfadfinder from the Berlin is a great example of the versatility of an all-road bike – ride it fast like a road bike on any surface, or enjoy the comfort & control of bigger tires on rough roads…

Standert Pfadfinder steel all-road bike

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike
c. Standert, ride photos by Savannah van der Niet

Standert says they developed their new path finder to “free yourself from the shackles of paved roads”. As much as gravel biking becomes a race to see who can stuff the most giant tire into a dropbar bike (think: the return of monstercross), these Germans just want to enjoy riding the crumbling asphalt of quiet backroads, away from car traffic.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

When rough pavement devolves into gravel & dirt, up to a 38mm wide fast rolling all-road or gravel tire will let you cover plenty of ground without limits.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

Pfadfinder sporty road+ geometry

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

Under the guise of road+, the Pfadfinder is still a road bike. Its geometry still keeps an agile road feel, just with small concessions to fit in those big tires and to keep the bike balanced with its slightly longer wheelbase.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike, corrected geometry
corrected Pfadfinder geometry

Fit-wise though, the Pfadfinder sticks to pretty much the same Stack & Reach figures you would find on their racier steel Triebwerk or Scandium Kreissäge road bikes, so you still feel like you are riding road, albeit bumpy ones.

Note: Standert updated geometry data on the Pfadfinder to show the shorter headtubes, see updated table above. 

Tech details

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

Standert’s new all-road Pfadfinder is a Taiwanese welded steel bike, built from a carefully selected mixture of modern oversized Columbus steel butted tubing. The flat mount disc break road+ bike features a 44mm headtube for a 1.5″ tapered steerer, a full carbon Columbus Futura Gravel fork, a T47 threaded bottom bracket, 12mm thru-axles, a 27.2mm seatpost, and tabs for full coverage fenders.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

The bike is set up with internal cable routing that is ready for mechanical or any electronic drivetrain, and can be run in 1x of traditional road double configurations. Clearance is up to 700x38c tires.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

The steel frame has a claimed weight of 1850g (plus 450g for the uncut fork) and comes in seven stock sizes (48-60cm). The three smallest use Standert’s “Project Compact” geometry which aims to reproduce the ride & feel of the larger bikes with less compromise to the handing, but still using 700c wheels.

Pricing & availability

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

The new Pfadfinder is available for 1600€ as a frameset in black or emerald green. The frameset includes the Columbus steel frame, carbon fork, Chris King headset, a Rideworks bottom bracket for your choice of crank spindle, plus the seatpost clamp & thru-axles.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike
Standert Pfadfinder Limited Edition frameset

A limited edition is also available for 1700€ with a 3-color blue/orange/green team paint job.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike
Standert Pfadfinder Emerald Rush SRAM Rival 22

Complete bikes are available in all three colors with either a mechanical SRAM Rival 22 build starting at 3400€ or a wireless Force eTap AXS build from 4300€.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike
Standert Pfadfinder True Black SRAM Force eTap AXS

All are available in person in Standert’s Berlin flagship store. Complete bikes can be shipped throughout Europe, with framesets available globally.

2019 Standert Pfadfinder all-road bike, modern Columbus steel disc brake all-road road+ gravel road bike

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I agree the front center distances are too short. That’s what happens when they don’t actually ride the frames they design.

    • Geometry preferences can surely be personal and are of course open for debate. But one this is clear about Standert, they ride their own bikes and do so quite a lot? I’ve personally run into them at a number of events this year, most recently at the Czech running of the Jeroboam gravel concept – The Bohemian Border Bash – and on this new bike.

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