Urwahn announced the Platzhirsch, a new commuter e-bike with their trademark swoopy frame design. This is also the first 3D printed bike from the brand – and it’s actually made of CroMo steel. Integrated LED lights brighten things up front and rear, while pedal assist comes via a Mahle electronic rear hub.
The wild-looking frame shape isn’t new, but other Urwahn models use brazed lug and tube construction with specially shaped teardrop chromoly steel tubing and cast lugs. The new version uses 3D printed lugs which are brazed to the same teardrop tubing. The ‘3D printed’ lugs are produced using Selective Laser Melting which allowed the company to shorten the production time, and not be restricted by any part geometries since changes to the overall design can be made quickly via computer.
The no-seat-tube design is made to provide flex and a smooth ride quality. Complete bike weight clocks in at a quoted 11.4kg (size M).
Another other important change is the addition of a Mahle ebikemotion rear hub, providing 250 watts of assist, 40NM of torque, and up-to-25km/h assist speed. A 250Wh battery is integrated into the down tube, providing up to 80km of range.
A Gates carbon drive system comes standard, eliminating pesky routine maintenance. Tektro HD-R hydraulic flat mount brakes handle stopping duties.
Integrated front and rear lights come courtesy of LightSKIN.
The Platzhirsch rolls on 700c wheels with Continental Grand Prix Urban 35mm tires.
The Platzhirsch is available to order now, for €3,999. Urwahn is also currently offering a €500 pre-order discount.