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Standert Kettensäge Cuts Through the BS with Race-Ready Alloy Gravel Bike

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy, photo by Conny Mirbach, rider on bike
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Berlin bikemaker Standert adapts hard-won performance alloy road race bike lessons for off-road with their all-new aluminum Kettensäge gravel race bike. Built from premium 7000-series Dedacciai Aegis alloy in Italy, the new Standert Kettensäge is an “all-in”, no-compromise race bike for when you really want to go fast over gravel roads, trails & tarmac.

Standert Kettensäge aluminum gravel race bike

Modern race bikes don’t all have to be made only out of carbon. Standert has seen racing performance success on the road with their made-in-Italy scandium alloy Kreissäge RS road race bike – named the circular saw in German for how it can cut through the peloton.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy, photo by Conny Mirbach,BAAW bike against a wall
c. Standert, all photos by Constantin Mirbach

Now they are back with a Kettensäge – or chainsaw – for cutting through rougher packs of all-terrain gravel racers. The same trouble-free metal bike benefits are there with the known alloy stiffness and surprising comfort that Dedacciai’s top-tier modern aluminum tubing can now deliver. Plus, it’s a thoroughly up-to-date gravel race bike, with all the modern integrated features and mounts you need, plus race-ready gravel tire clearance.

Tech details

The Kettensäge goes neatly and fully integrated with a straight 1.5″ headtube routing all the cables through the headset into the frame’s internal routing. But of course, no one wants to have to deal with re-cabling a bike when your ‘ridden-hard’ and ‘put-away-wet’ gravel bike’s headset starts to stick.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy, photo by Conny Mirbach, SLT headset

So, inside the CNC-machined alloy Standert integrated headset cups are CeramicSpeed SLT bearings that come with a lifetime warranty thanks to their ‘permanent’ self-lubricating & corrosion-resistant oil-encapsulated solid plastic polymer carrier for the stainless steel balls inside.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy, photo by Conny Mirbach, riding tire detail

Standert knows that most fast-gravel racing these days happens on 40mm tires – and those are what come on complete Kettensäge bike builds.

But sometimes rough conditions call for bigger rubber, so this gravel bike still has plenty of room for up to 700x45c tires, too. If you need more than that, their recently-updated stainless steel Erdgeschoss adventure gravel bike might be a better fit for you.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, angled frame

This alloy gravel race bike gets a wider MTB-width 73mm threaded T47 bottom bracket optimized for modern 1x gravel bike drivetrains (but is compatible with mechanical or electronic 2x setups, too), plus flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles with light SRAM Maxles, and future-proof UDH mounting for that rear mech.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, angled frame rear

Meant to be a racer, it doesn’t go for full bikepacking mounts, but sticks with 2 standard bottle cage bosses in the main triangle plus direct bolt-on toptube bag mounts. The fork does have full coverage fender mounts, but the frame does not.

The aluminum Standert Kettensäge gravel race bike is welded by hand from lightweight custom double-butted Dedacciai Aegis aluminum tubing, and handpainted in northern Italy – with claimed alloy frame (54cm) weight of 1590g, carbon fork at 400g, and complete bikes around 9.4kg.

Size-specific Gravel Race Geometry

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, geometry

The Kettensäge gets very similar quick gravel geometry angles to their more adventurous Erdgeschoss, but this race-ready bike does get slightly longer Reach and lower Slack for a more aggressive position on the bike. It still comes in Standert’s broad signature Project Compact seven stock size range from 48-60cm, to fit gravel racers tall and small.

2023 Standert Kettensäge – Pricing, Options & Availability

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy frameset
2023 Standert Kettensage frameset, in Give ’em Hell Caramel

The all-new aluminum frame & carbon fork comes in three finishes – Team edition dark green with pink graphics, Give ’em Hell Caramel tan & Yolo Barolo red with orange logos.

For 2000€ you can pick any color of the made-in-Italy Kettensäge aluminum gravel race bike frameset, with the bottom bracket compatibility of your choice (or upgrade to a CeramicSpeed ceramic BB for quite a bit more).

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, made-in-italy, SRAM AXS build
2023 Standert Kettensage SRAM Rival XPLR AXS, in Give ’em Hell Caramel

Complete Standert Kettensäge aluminum gravel race bikes start at 4700€ with a Shimano GRX 2×11 build with alloy wheels, or step up to SRAM Rival/Force XPLR AXS wireless 1x from 5000€. There’s also plenty of more possible upgrades including a couple DT Swiss carbon wheelsets, even some 3D-printed Fizik saddles.

Standert Kettensage aluminum gravel race bike, photo by Conny Mirbach, pair of riders

The new gravel race bikes are available now to ship anywhere in most color & size combinations, with delivery times of 3-9 weeks depending on how much you want to customize your setup.

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andrew
andrew
11 months ago

did Standert recruit some out-of-work American auto industry marketing people for this? “cutting through rougher packs of all-terrain gravel racers”? Seriously?

Oliver Keil
11 months ago
Reply to  Cory Benson

There’s a chainsaw called standrert

Oliver Keil
11 months ago

Mmmmm these is nice

K.M.
K.M.
11 months ago

Standert consistently makes above-average looking bikes. Plus I dig the boldness to keep making aluframed bikes at this price point. In this case, I don’t find it the best choice to jack up the price with CS headset bearings as default, but then again definitely not a deal breaker.

thewhiterabbit
thewhiterabbit
11 months ago

This bike looks very cool, although the reach figures seem to be excessively long. I know it’s a race bike, but 383 reach on a size 50 seems a bit long. The seat stay look very similar to my Bokeh, but they also seem to be provided by Dedacciai so it’s not surprising afterall

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  thewhiterabbit

This could be what some are calling “progressive” gravel geometry, meant to run a shorter stem than one would for a given size compared to a road fit.

asdffdsa
asdffdsa
10 months ago
Reply to  Dinger

with that head tube angle this is certainly not the case. look at how the bikes are set up, they are long and low with slammed stems. this is certainly not the “progressive” gravel geometry bike you’re looking for. This is an allroad racebike with the term “gravel” trown in there for good marketing purposes. It’s a nice bike for sure, but too long and low for long legged, short torso’d folk

mud
mud
11 months ago

Odd that a gravel race bike would have a 73mm BB. Roadies aren’t used to that.

K.M.
K.M.
11 months ago
Reply to  mud

I think it has to do with the rear being Boost – (not a roadie tradition either!).

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  K.M.

According to their website, the rear spacing is 142x12mm, not boost (148mm).

Laurence
Laurence
10 months ago

Nice looking bike (as per from Standert), but with a max system weight of 95kg it’s a swing and a miss for me.

ED
ED
10 months ago

Thoughts on using this as both a road and gravel bike? (ie two wheelsets)

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