8bar’s versatile alloy Mitte v3 has just simplified its transition from road to gravel, then back again thanks to a unique set of dropout flip chips. Now all you need is two dedicated wheelsets to go from everyday road riding on 28mm tires to weekend gravel exploring on 45mm knobbies, with just about a minute with a multi-tool to swap from one mode to the next…

All-new 8bar Mitte v3 transforms from road bike to gravel bike

Developed in Berlin, the Mitte has been one of the most adaptable & affordable road, all-road, cross, gravel, and bikepacking bikes since it came onto the scene five years ago. While that initially involved interchangeable forks, sliding dropouts, and a lot of adjustment going back-and-forth. Now it’s as simple as turning around a set of flip chips at each axle.

2in1 Twist thru-axle flip chips & adjustable geometry

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, Twist flip chip

The simple, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that 8bar secret is their new Twist thru-axle flip chips. The 2-position adjustable alloy inserts at both the front & rear thru-axles move each wheel 10mm towards your brake pad, meaning once you flip them around you don’t even need to adjust your brakes.

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, flip chip

You just have one set of wheels for road riding with road tires, a cassette & 140mm rotors, and a separate gravel set for off-road riding with up to 45mm tires, the same cassette & 160mm rotors. Swap back & forth as quick as you can unthread two axles, flip the Twist inserts around, and pop in the second set of wheels.

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, geometry

8bar Mitte v3 2in1 geometry

Instant shorter chainstays & wheelbase, lower stack, lower center of gravity, and 1/2 degree steeper head & seat angles when going from gravel to road modes.

No other adjustments needed.

Tech details

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, bikepacking

Beyond the easy-to-use new flip chips. The 2in1 Mitte v3 keeps most of the same features that made the original versatile. 8bar’s classic triple-butted 6061 aluminum tubing keeps the frame reasonably light at a claimed 1700g, responsive, and affordable. The new bike features a tapered headtube & internal headset for a 1.5″ tapered steerer, a PF30 bottom bracket, 27.2mm seatpost, flat mount disc brakes, and 12mm thru-axles. It gets internal cable routing in the main triangle, dropped seatstays for a bit more comfort, and three sets of water bottle bosses (3-pack on the toptube, plus a pair below). The frame also offers fender mounts, although only the dedicated gravel fork has its own fender tabs.

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, fork options

8bar Mitte v3 carbon fork options (left-right): 2in1 adjustable, Gravel fixed, Road fixed

8bar offers three full carbon fork options depending on what you want to do with your Mitte. The 500g 2in1 fork is the most versatile & most expensive with the Twist flip chips to swap geometry back & forth, but no extra mounts. The regular fixed axle Gravel fork weighs the same, costs less, and adds fender tabs and a pair of cage bosses on each leg.  The regular fixed Road fork has a slimmer, tapered leg design that weighs less with the shorter axle-to-crown length & no extra bosses, and costs the same as the fixed Gravel fork.

Pick the 2in1 for the easy swaps, or a regular fork if you won’t go back & forth from road to gravel on separate wheelsets.

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, road complete

8bar Mitte v3 2in1 road complete

Tire clearances in each mode:

  • 2in1 road: Mitte v3 frame & 2in1 fork – max 700×35mm or 650×2.0″
  • standard Road fork alone: max 700x30mm
  • 2in1 gravel: Mitte v3 frame & 2in1 fork – max 700×45mm or 650×2.0″
  • standard Gravel fork alone: max 700×50mm or 650×2.0″
8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, gravel complete

8bar Mitte v3 2in1 gravel complete

8bar Mitte v3 all-road / gravel bike – Pricing, Options & Availability

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, frame only

2021 8bar Mitte v3 2in1 frame

The all-new alloy 8bar Mitte v3 is available now in as many options as you can dream up via their online configuration tool. The alloy 2in1 Mitte v3 frame itself sells for just 599€ in matte black or raw polished aluminum, and custom colors are even available for 200€ more. The full Carbon 2in1 fork adds another 400€, or either regular fixed axle carbon fork for 250€.

8bar Mitte v3 alloy all-road bike, affordable adjustable 2in1 road and gravel bike, riding

c. 8bar, all photos by Stefan Haehnel

Complete 2in1 bikes start around 2020€ with a Shimano GRX 400 2×10 and alloy wheels, or just 1750€ as a singlespeed. A more premium Ultegra build can have you easily pushing 3500€ or more. Then, adding a second wheelset to complete the 2in1 option is an extra 600€ fully set up.

Frames & framesets in five sizes (XS-XL) are in stock & available now in limited numbers, shipping out essentially as quickly as 8bar can get them out the door. Complete bikes are built one at a time and everyone is swamped, so 8bar says current lead time is 8-12 weeks if you order today.

8bar-bikes.com

11 comments

  1. barael on

    “unique set of dropout flip chips”

    Rondo has been doing fork flip chips like these for years and I think some other manufacturers have done them since as well.

    Reply
    • typevertigo on

      Cervelo did it with the original Aspero’s front axle, as well (they called it the “Trail Mixer”). The catch with that application was that you needed to move the front disc brake mount accordingly.

      8bar seems to have gotten around this by specifically requiring riders to run two wheelsets with different size rotors, a road set with 140 mm rotors and a gravel set with 160s.

      Reply
  2. Jaap on

    I feel the road geometry is still very gravel/endurance. Not what most people look for in a road bike (certainly not me).

    Reply
  3. K-Pop is dangerous to your health on

    People who are invested into more than one wheel set for a bike aren’t typically riding cheap aluminum frames. Just an observation.

    Reply
  4. Squirrel on Crack on

    Love adjustable wheelbase ideas. Road bikes and some gravels bikes have become too short and twitchy these days. Not that I want long and slack like an mtb but still, not every race frame needs to handle like a squirrel on crack

    Reply
  5. Faz M on

    “The 2-position adjustable alloy inserts at both the front & rear thru-axles move each wheel 10mm towards your brake pad, meaning once you flip them around you don’t even need to adjust your brakes.”

    what?

    Reply
    • Gillis on

      @Faz

      It’s not laid out very well, but you need to keep reading:

      “You just have one set of wheels for road riding with road tires, a cassette & 140mm rotors, and a separate gravel set for off-road riding with up to 45mm tires, the same cassette & 160mm rotors. Swap back & forth as quick as you can unthread two axles, flip the Twist inserts around, and pop in the second set of wheels.”

      Reply
  6. 8barbikes on

    As tybevertigo said. The unique thing about our dropouts is that you don’t need to readjust the brake. Just swap wheels with 160mm for gravel and 140mm rotors for road.

    Reply

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