Standert’s steel Triebwerk Disc road bike gets a subtle new update that makes it both more modern & more classic at the same time. First, careful tweaks to the rear end make room for bigger tires without impacting chainstay length, while a slimmer tapered carbon fork transitions more smoothly with traditional steel tubing style. And once again, the Triebwerk Disc adds a colorful LTD limited edition team paint job that will likely go fast…
Standert Triebwerk Disc modern steel (all) road bike
Introduced less than two years ago with its move to disc brakes, the Standert Triebwerk Disc was already the Berlin bikemaker’s most versatile modern road bike. Now the Columbus steel road bike is back with incremental updates that make it an even better choice, whether for road racing, everyday riding, or even venturing further off smooth asphalt.
What’s new? All-road updates
The big updates in this second generation seem small, but 4mm more tire clearance without changing chainstay length is actually a pretty big deal – pushing the boundaries of road vs. all-road.
Standert looks to have gotten there through better optimization of the S-bend in the chainstays, adding a bit of crimping to make room for up to 32mm tires out back while keeping classic road double chainring compatibility.
Up front the big change is also a small one – the move from a 1.5″ tapered steerer to this new 1.25″ tapered steerer. The frame itself didn’t change, sticking with the straight 44mm headtube. But complete bikes & framesets now come with a new full carbon Columbus Futura SLX Disc fork that opts for the smaller 1 1/4″ taper. The result is that the lower Chris King InSet headset cup doesn’t stick out nearly as much as before, and the smaller size of the crown of the new SLX fork makes for a noticeably more smooth visual transition to the straight steel fork.
An added benefit, the new Futura SLX Disc fork also gets more tire clearance. Although officially just up to 30mm now according to Columbus, you’ll probably be able to fit a 32 in there if you are trying to match the setup in the rear. It does appear that the SLX fork adds ten grams to 450g, but it also brings lightweight fender mounting compatibility as well (although the frame does not have fender braze-ons.)
The rest of the Triebwerk Disc’s tech details are mostly unchanged, although its modular 1x/2x internal cable routing ports did get moved up a bit higher towards the headtube for smoother housing bends.
The steel frame is TIG-welded & painted in Taiwan from a lightweight selection of butted Columbus tubing for a claimed frame weight of 1830g (56cm).
It features 12mm thru-axles, flat mount discs, 27.2mm seatpost, and a T47 threaded bottom bracket inside an oversized machined shell that allows cables to stay inside (unlike most steel road bikes).
The Triebwerk Disc still comes in seven sizes (48-60cm) with Standert’s road racing-oriented geometry unchanged. As usual for them, the three smallest sizes feature Project Compact geometry that Standert developed with their smaller team riders, shifting weight balance forward to maintain control & handling with less compromise in performance.
2021 Standert Triebwerk Disc – Pricing, options & availability
The updated steel Triebwerk Disc is available in LTD limited edition and standard paint schemes, and in either a standalone frameset or three customizable complete bike builds. Framesets sell for 1700€ in ‘Dark Night Returns’ black or 1800€ in LTD III team cream & green. Frameset options include your choice of bottom bracket to fit almost any crankset, plus one of five different colors for the Chris King headset.
Complete bike builds start at 3700€ in black with a SRAM Rival 22 mechanical groupset and alloy DT wheels.
LTD paint adds 100€, a Force eTap AXS upgrade adds 1000€ or 1200€ for Ultegra Di2. Plus, there are plenty more ways to add onto the price with ceramic bearing, ceramic pulley, power meter, carbon wheel & carbon cockpit upgrades.
As of now, almost all frameset size/color options are in stock. As for complete bike builds, Rival & Ultegra builds are possible now if you get carbon wheels as well. Play with Standert’s bike builder to customized your all-road setup. Then, pick up the new bike in person at Standert’s Berlin shop or ship it anywhere in Europe. For the rest of the world, Standert will ship you a frame to build up yourself.