We’ve seen some unusual bike designs over the years, but this is a new one on us. There’s no seat tube!
The bike is the work of Germany company Urwahn Bikes and a special collaboration with Vagabund Moto, a company that specialises in seriously trick looking handcrafted motorcycles.
The new Urwahn Bikes X Vagabund Studfuchs project is a bike pitched as a “pithy commuter” with a handmade steel frame, Gates belt drive, disc brakes, wide tyres and a Brooks Cambium saddle.
The standout feature of this new bike is of course the frame design. Where there would normally be a seatpost there is nothing, just thin air. Instead, the top tube flows into the dropped seat stays via a very short section of seat tube, just enough to house the seat post.
Far from being a funky design to entice bike journalists to write about it, there’s some interesting tech that helps the frame to stand out, which has been recognised with a Red Dot Award.
The steel frame has been produced using 3D printing technology for the main lugs (bottom bracket, head tube, seat tube cluster and rear dropouts) which it says has allowed it to reduce the weight close to the realms of an aluminium frame. Obviously removing the seat tube saves a chunk of weight.
A distinctive head tube houses two front lets and provides internal cable routing ports. A rear light has also been integrated into the back of the seat tube. It’s a 1x only bike naturally, since there’s no where to fit a front mech. It’ll even take a set of mudguards and rear rack too.
It’s an unusual design for sure. We’d love to know how it rides. Does it provide lots of seated comfort? How is lateral stiffness? Obviously it’s not UCI legal but this is not a bike that will ever see a race, other than the race from the traffic lights.
And how much does it cost? €4,499, available from https://vgb-essentials.com/collections/all/products/urwahn-x-vagabund-stadtfuchs
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.