Nordest adds to their affordable titanium gravel & all-road bike platform with a completely new ti Albarda GT frameset. The driving principle was a move to a more sleek, fully integrated cable routing setup for the titanium “anything bike”. But at the same time, Nordest completely reshaped the Albarda GT with a wild pierced seat cluster design and dropped seatstays` for more rider comfort…
Nordest Albarda GT integrated titanium gravel all-road bike
The Albarda has been Nordest’s go-to do-it-all drop bar bike for around 5 years now. Available in affordable steel or titanium, or even stretched out MTB-inspired Super Albarda evolutions for bigger adventure rides. But now, in this latest Albarda GT update, Nordest hopes to build a more modern bike for the two-wheeled world traveler.
Nordest describes the highlight of their new Albarda GT to be the fully integrated, hidden internal cable routing. Pairing a straight 44mm headtube to the latest oversized press-in Chris King AeroSet 3 headset, all cables get tucked inside of a classic-looking round tube design. It is hydraulic brake-only but apparently compatible with mechanical or electronic shift drivetrains. You can run either a 1x or wireless shift setup with a dropper post or a mechanical 2x with a regular seatpost.
Perfect seamless inside cable routing inside officially requires an ENVE stem according to Chris King. But Nordest have shown that other internal routing cockpit setups can be finished relatively cleanly with their own steerer tube spacers.
Beyond the integrated cables, it’s actually the wild-looking seattube cluster that drew in my attention. This all new design employs an almost horizontal toptube that extends beyond the seatpost – pierced through by an uninterrupted seattube. It’s a unique look. And maybe a love-it or hate-it aesthetic.
But paired together with dropped and dramatically S-curved seatstays, it should help soak up gravel road buzz for a more comfortable ride.
Updated do-it-all geometry
The new Nordest Albarda GT is officially based on new geometry. But it’s not all that far off the standard Albarda. Sticking with a 70° headtube, short 420mm chainstays and newly steeper 75° seattube angle. Its Stack figures manage to be a bit lower than the original Albarda. And the frame Reach figures are generally a bit longer, without going to the MTB fit of the Super Albarda.
The Albarda GT is available in 4 stock in-betweener sizes (SM, M, ML & L) to fit riders from ~160-193cm tall (5’3″-6’4″).
The new Albarda GT is welded from a double-butted Ti3Al2.5V titanium tubeset. It features an 3D-printed hollow section of chainstay behind the crankset and an oversized threaded T47 bottom bracket.
This lets you run up to a 46T 1x chainring or a road compact 50/34T double while maintaining clearance for the rear tire. Big tire clearance means you can fit up to a 650b x 2.1″ mountain bike tire. Or go for up to a 700c x 50mm gravel tire. That big BB also lets Nordest route the rear derailleur cable and rear brake lines entirely internally into the chainstays.
It features flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and a 27.2mm seatpost. Plus. a UDH in the interchangeable dropouts for maximum drivetrain compatibility. The frame includes a standard set of bottle bosses on the seattube, 3-pack anything cage mounts on top of the down tube, a pair under the downtube and on top of the toptube, but no rear fender mounts apparently.
Claimed frame weight for the largest frame is 1750g. And Nordest gives the titanium Albarda GT a subtle matte blasted finish with brushed logos.
The ti frame pairs with a full carbon fork designed for the new GT. It has a 400mm axle-to-crown, 47/53mm offset flip chip at the thru-axle, anything cage & fender mounts, plus even more tire clearance than the frame.
Nordest Albarda GT – Pricing, options & availability
The new titanium Nordest Albarda GT is available exclusively as a 2375€ frameset, including ti frame, carbon fork & King headset. But for just 300€ extra you can also get custom geometry, if your fit falls out of the stock sizing range.
In either case, Nordest makes the Albarda GT to order. So, delivery time is an estimated 16 weeks from the time you order, with free shipping in the EU. Plenty of time to figure out the rest of your complete custom gravel bike build kit.