Berlin bikemaker Standert adapts hard-won performance alloy road race bike lessons for off-road with their all-new aluminum Kettensäge gravel race bike. Built from premium 7000-series Dedacciai Aegis alloy in Italy, the new Standert Kettensäge is an “all-in”, no-compromise race bike for when you really want to go fast over gravel roads, trails & tarmac.
Modern race bikes don’t all have to be made only out of carbon. Standert has seen racing performance success on the road with their made-in-Italy scandium alloy Kreissäge RS road race bike – named the circular saw in German for how it can cut through the peloton.
c. Standert, all photos by Constantin Mirbach
Now they are back with a Kettensäge – or chainsaw – for cutting through rougher packs of all-terrain gravel racers. The same trouble-free metal bike benefits are there with the known alloy stiffness and surprising comfort that Dedacciai’s top-tier modern aluminum tubing can now deliver. Plus, it’s a thoroughly up-to-date gravel race bike, with all the modern integrated features and mounts you need, plus race-ready gravel tire clearance.
The Kettensäge goes neatly and fully integrated with a straight 1.5″ headtube routing all the cables through the headset into the frame’s internal routing. But of course, no one wants to have to deal with re-cabling a bike when your ‘ridden-hard’ and ‘put-away-wet’ gravel bike’s headset starts to stick.
So, inside the CNC-machined alloy Standert integrated headset cups are CeramicSpeed SLT bearings that come with a lifetime warranty thanks to their ‘permanent’ self-lubricating & corrosion-resistant oil-encapsulated solid plastic polymer carrier for the stainless steel balls inside.
Standert knows that most fast-gravel racing these days happens on 40mm tires – and those are what come on complete Kettensäge bike builds.
But sometimes rough conditions call for bigger rubber, so this gravel bike still has plenty of room for up to 700x45c tires, too. If you need more than that, their recently-updated stainless steel Erdgeschoss adventure gravel bike might be a better fit for you.
This alloy gravel race bike gets a wider MTB-width 73mm threaded T47 bottom bracket optimized for modern 1x gravel bike drivetrains (but is compatible with mechanical or electronic 2x setups, too), plus flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles with light SRAM Maxles, and future-proof UDH mounting for that rear mech.
Meant to be a racer, it doesn’t go for full bikepacking mounts, but sticks with 2 standard bottle cage bosses in the main triangle plus direct bolt-on toptube bag mounts. The fork does have full coverage fender mounts, but the frame does not.
The aluminum Standert Kettensäge gravel race bike is welded by hand from lightweight custom double-butted Dedacciai Aegis aluminum tubing, and handpainted in northern Italy – with claimed alloy frame (54cm) weight of 1590g, carbon fork at 400g, and complete bikes around 9.4kg.
Size-specific Gravel Race Geometry
The Kettensäge gets very similar quick gravel geometry angles to their more adventurous Erdgeschoss, but this race-ready bike does get slightly longer Reach and lower Slack for a more aggressive position on the bike. It still comes in Standert’s broad signature Project Compact seven stock size range from 48-60cm, to fit gravel racers tall and small.
2023 Standert Kettensäge – Pricing, Options & Availability
2023 Standert Kettensage frameset, in Give ’em Hell Caramel
The all-new aluminum frame & carbon fork comes in three finishes – Team edition dark green with pink graphics, Give ’em Hell Caramel tan & Yolo Barolo red with orange logos.
For 2000€ you can pick any color of the made-in-Italy Kettensäge aluminum gravel race bike frameset, with the bottom bracket compatibility of your choice (or upgrade to a CeramicSpeed ceramic BB for quite a bit more).
2023 Standert Kettensage SRAM Rival XPLR AXS, in Give ’em Hell Caramel
Complete Standert Kettensäge aluminum gravel race bikes start at 4700€ with a Shimano GRX 2×11 build with alloy wheels, or step up to SRAM Rival/Force XPLR AXS wireless 1x from 5000€. There’s also plenty of more possible upgrades including a couple DT Swiss carbon wheelsets, even some 3D-printed Fizik saddles.
The new gravel race bikes are available now to ship anywhere in most color & size combinations, with delivery times of 3-9 weeks depending on how much you want to customize your setup.