If you’re a Berliner cyclist, you’re lucky to have a shop in the vicinity like Standert. As well as selling bikes, it houses a fully-functioning workshop and, best of all, it’s a cafe with a wonderful velo-vibe. They now also stock their proprietary frames and this is the road-faring model: the Triebwerk.
Graphic design and brand identity may seem like a trivial pursuit to some but for those with ‘the eye’, a considered logo represents confidence in the product and conveys the essence of the brand. In the case of Standert, we see respect for the retrospective era of European professional cycling.
It’s no surprise to discover that the founder, Max von Senger, studied Industrial Design before he developed a love for riding. To fund his studies he worked as a messenger, subsequently designing his own frames with a subtle aesthetic that hearkens to the days of wool jerseys and muddy faces.
Benedict Herzberg is a member of Team Standert, managing the brand and marketing. He gives us the background to Standert, and the Triebwerk: “Max (the owner of Standert Bicycles) started with designing a track frame while studying industrial design.
“After that came the idea that he’d need a place to sell it. And now Standert Bicycles has been running for a little over three years already. So it started with track frames. But now we are designing track frames, commuter frames, and a road bike.
“The design and geometry are completely done by us here in Berlin. The production is Asian where the frames are hand built from Columbus Life tubing. The Triebwerk had two stages of prototypes which we rode for half a year, until we were 100% happy — now we’re ready to offer them to our customers.
“The Triebwerk is for riders who appreciate the clean lines and timeless look that a steel frame offers, without compromising on performance. The oversized Columbus Life tubing is state-of-the-art steel, the best you can get: lightweight, sturdy, triple butted for stiffness and comfort where needed.
“Combined with the 44mm headtube and the tapered full carbon 3T fork, the Triebwerk is a high-end performance frameset that excels in all disciplines, be it fast-paced criterium races or long distance marathon competitions.
“The Triebwerk has a beautifully balanced geometry that handles fast and nimble, yet stays true to the line on fast descends. The fit is rather on the ‘racey’ side, with a short headtube resulting in a more aerodynamic position.
It’s a tidy unit, accessible and functional. Benedict continues: “We offer two build versions, ‘STEALTH’ and ‘PRO’, to accommodate different needs as well as wallet sizes. This special one got spoiled with ENVE rims laced to Chris Kings, hand built by Light-Wolf.
“Additional to our classic blue colorway we now offer a custom paint job, hand painted in Berlin. The custom paint will have two colors. One base and one for the details. Which two colors will they be? It’s your choice.”
Woollen jerseys are all very well for the nostalgic. Here’s an affordable modern classic for the new fan of road racers — a bike for the city and for exploring further afield. We’d be happy to see one in our garage — especially with that logo.
Big thanks to Constantin Gerlach for the wonderful photography.