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
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.
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.
Pfadfinder sporty road+ geometry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A limited edition is also available for 1700€ with a 3-color blue/orange/green team paint job.
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€.
All are available in person in Standert’s Berlin flagship store. Complete bikes can be shipped throughout Europe, with framesets available globally.