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Nordest Albarda GT Ti Gravel Bike Integrates Cables Up Front, Pierces Seat Tube Out Back

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike
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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

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, headtube
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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.

What’s new?

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, Chris King AeroSet 3 fully internal routing

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, Chris King AeroSet 3 fully internal routing profile

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, unique pierced seat cluster

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, rear end detail

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

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, updated 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″).

Tech details

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, angled

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, 3D-printed chainstay detail

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, non-driveside

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

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, frameset
2023 Nordest Albarda GT frameset

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.

Nordest Albarda GT fully integrated titanium gravel all-road bike, complete bike

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.

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Constanze
Constanze
7 months ago

Which manufacturer builds this titanium frame?

Constanze
Constanze
7 months ago
Reply to  Constanze

I mean: who makes the frame for Nordest: waltly, ti-bicycles, ora etc etc??

Oliver
Oliver
7 months ago
Reply to  Constanze

Ora.

Eddie
Eddie
7 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

Don’t think ora do one off custom geo? Wally will.

Geoff
Geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  Constanze

100% it’s TSB

Geoff
Geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  Constanze

Enough with this question.

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago

Oh my…. thats not a good looking frame!

phroboi
phroboi
7 months ago

What’s with the headset top cap / stem spacer overhang?

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago
Reply to  phroboi

Internal cable routing through the stem/spacers.

Grillis
Grillis
7 months ago
Reply to  phroboi

The headset is designed to aesthetically work with ENVE parts. Instead they used some other off the shelf bar/stem that is similar but clearly not an exact fit.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Put a threaded insert in the middle of the back of the top tube, and suddenly it would have a valid purpose–mount your dynamo taillight there. As it is, it looks ridiculous.

Bo Jangles
Bo Jangles
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I agree. Missed opportunity to put a nice recess for a tail light in that bar. Just looks silly.

JNH
JNH
7 months ago

Nordest frames are usually quite pretty and well thought out. But anybody can have an off day.

Eddie
Eddie
7 months ago

Enough of the ‘dropped seatstays are more comfortable’ line. Brands need to show their workings of they’re making these claims.

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