Berlin’s 8bar bikes had plenty to show at BFS. New Team Edition graphics are what drew us in, but their new fat-tired Tmplhof fixed gear crit bike was the real highlight, including its matching DT wheels & Brooks saddle. Beyond the bike itself, were some trick prototype aero hoods, and a range of team edition cycling kit.
Tmplhof x 8bar Team Edition fixed crit bike
The Tmplhof is 8bar’s all new aluminum crit racer and all around urban fixie, developed for their fixed gear crit team based on the sixth iteration of their previous Krzberg race bike. The new Tmplhof gets a slightly rear sloping toptube vs. the Krzberg’s forward sloping ‘low-pro’ which allowed 8bar to lighten the triple butted 6066 alloy frame while retaining race-ready geometry.
The new bike keeps a full carbon tapered steer fork and drilling for brakes. But the Tmplhof also gets improved tire clearance for 28mm rubber (like these G-One Speed tires), which the team prefers to use since much of their urban crit racing schedule has them competing over rough road surfaces. (This pre-production fork has just a few mm of tire clearance, but the production bikes available in a couple months will include ample space for these tires.)
The frameset will be available from the start of May 2018 in a polished raw alloy finish with a matte black painted fork for 600€, either space red or space blue including a matching fork for 650€, or this team edition paint job for 700€.
Complete bike builds will be available from 1346€. This 6.7kg Team Edition replica will sell for 2875€ as shown, with the painted to match DT Swiss carbon TRC 1400 track wheels, the matching 8bar Team Brooks Cambium C13 saddle, Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tires, Speedplay pedals, and Kappstein Elite/Pro components.
Brooks limited edition 8bar Cambium C13 saddle
The team edition Brooks Cambium saddle was also to be available separately. After making a limited run of C13 saddles last year with David Millar’s Chpt.III, Brooks again produced a limited run of the carbon railed saddles on their website. Unfortunately it seems, they sold out almost instantaneously, so you’ll have to buy a team edition bike to get one now. But Brooks said to expect more limited run saddles to come from their Cambium line in the near future.
8bar fixed gear Aero Hoods prototypes
Another interesting find on the team Tmplhof are the hoods. When racing fixed gear, riders don’t have brakes, so they also don’t have brake hoods. As many road riders have adapted their fit and riding position on the bike, resting your hands on the hoods has become the norm. In order to give their team more hand positions and importantly something else to leverage against while sprinting, 8bar is developing a set of Aero Hoods that clamp onto a standard drop bar, just like a set of brake/shift lever bodies would.
These are a 3D printed prototype, but 8bar says they are ironing out the kinks before making a production item. Speaking of kinks, they say that while the team loves the fit, they are still working on the design to make it easier to wrap them with bar tape cleanly.
8bar x Adidas team edition Adistar cycling kit
Team editions of the Adistar cycling jerseys & bib shorts, and the aero Adidas skinsuits that the team race in are already available from 8bar’s online shop. There is even a team edition pair of Adidas Zonyk sunglasses on offer.
Aero Adidas shoe covers will be added to the shop soon, as will a matching team edition MET Trenta aero helmet.