There’s a new German component maker on the block, laying up lightweight carbon in Dresden since the end of last year. The engineers who created Beast decided it was time to turn their extensive composites experience from auto & aerospace industries, back to their passion for cycling. Starting with a range of carbon bars, stems, seat posts, and saddles for both road & mountain bikes, Beast has been growing their catalogue since early 2017 – delivering incredibly strong parts at some killer light weights.
Beast lightweight, durable carbon cockpit components
Beast’s engineering & product development team has been working hard to build out a catalogue of key lightweight cockpit components over the past year and a half. For the most part they have several items we typically find from boutique carbon makers – classic two-bolt seat posts, road drop and mountain flat & riser bars, even full carbon saddles & bottle cages. Beast’s goal is to offer bike parts which are light, but even above that both strong & safe.
A good example of that strong+light combination is their 240€ Beast Riser Bar. It passes the toughest handlebar test in the cycling industry (the Zedler Multiload test) and still weighs just 145g in a 780mm width, putting it on par with some of the most feathery XC-only bars.
Made in Germany
On top of quality construction they are also adding some unique finishing – offering color tinted finishes & different top layers on pretty much every component. It adds 30€ to this 350€, 112g carbon road stem with a forged faceplate. What they are doing differently seems to take place in the small details that matter, in the composites themselves, and in their in-house manufacturing process.
To make it all possible, Beast develop everything completely in-house, followed by all carbon fabrication in their Dresden, Germany workshop. While many carbon makers use light machined parts & hardware, Beast also works with other German producers on their own forged alloy elements to help improve strength and weight savings.
For now their line up encompasses mountain bike and road ready carbon cockpit components – from this 400€, 169g road bar or 260€, 135g setback post to their 80€, 17g bottle cage. To get ahold of it all you need to find one of their local dealer shops, with that network a big target of growth in the coming year.
We also have it on good authority (and more than just Instagram) that more new products are in the pipeline. So I’m just going to say now that we’ll need to schedule a trip in early 2018 to go give them a visit, and get a behind the scenes factory tour to see what they are working on next. There is a lot more for us to learn about Beast.