‘Convertible’ Bike Changes Geometry For Multiple Uses

Three bikes for the price of one. That is the theme with German upstart 8bar, which launched its modular concept this week.

three-bikes

Two forks, sliding dropouts, and lots of fender and rack mounts make this road bike frame a passable off-road option.

Berlin-based custom bike manufacturer, 8bar, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what they claim is a bike for all occasions. The MITTE can go from aggressive road geometry and short wheelbase to a more upright, wide wheelbase cyclocross bike “within 15 minutes.” The campaign was successfully funded with 40 days remaining.

Adjustable Geometry Bicycle

Each frameset comes with two forks — one carbon for road, the other aluminum for cross and touring. Switching from the road to the cross fork reduces the bike’s head and seat tube angle by a degree, lowering the bike’s overall stance, and allowing more clearance for knobby tires.

After swapping forks, you can also slide the rear dropouts back, widening the wheelbase and allowing for a wider tire in back. The effect is subtle, but noticeable to seasoned riders.

Anyone investing in a MITTE should have a basic set of tools, or a nearby bike shop to take full advantage of this ride. Hex wrenches, tire levers, and a bike stand are a must, and they are not included with a purchase.

Complete bikes start at $1,450. While most riders can, and do, get by with hybrid bikes and couple wheelsets, this bike is really geared more toward riders that want a do-everything bike that really outperforms hybrids in road performance.

mitte

The multitude of fender and rack mounts is a nice addition for road riders that want the option to load up for weekend getaways.

The MITTE comes in two options: the Comp, which has a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra groupset, and the Pro, which is 11 speeds on an Ultegra group. Both come with internal routing for cables and a triple-butted 6066 aluminum frame.

Learn more at 8Bar Bikes.

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie – from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it’s outside, it’s worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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