Aug 06, 2023
8bar Tflsberg Steel v2 Reshapes Affordable 29er Bikepacking Adventure Bike
Much like the equally revamped Mitte Steel, 8bar makes simple but significant updates to their bikepacking Tflsberg Steel, too. An equally affordable bike well-suited for riders looking to wander
Much like the equally revamped Mitte Steel, 8bar makes simple but significant updates to their bikepacking Tflsberg Steel, too. An equally affordable bike well-suited for riders looking to wander further off-the-beaten-track, and to carry heavier loads, the all-terrain adventure Tflsberg Steel v2 is a dedicated off-road bikepacking machine.
But it still can be quite versatile – with 29er or 27.5+ tires – 8bar would see you build it up as a backcountry adventure bike, an old-school MTB touring rig, or even as a monster urban commuter. And with 8bar’s online bike builders, you customize exactly how your Tflsberg will get built up…
Like the adaptable Mitte Steel v3 gravel bike, 8bar’s steel Tflsberg bikepacking bike is also affordable, adventure-ready, and flexible for more than one type of build. Built for off-road bikepacking and mountain bike touring on 29er x 2.25″ or 27.5 x up to 2.8″ tires, the Tflsberg is more of a beast.
Unlike 8bar’s more race-oriented bikes, the Tflsberg is also only offered in heavy-duty, reinforced & butted chromoly steel to handle real off-road loaded abuse.
So what’s changed in the steel bikepacking bike?
The big update here is that 8bar redesigned the new generation of the Tflsberg bikepacking bike around a shorter, non-suspension corrected fork. I guess off-road adventurers looking for an affordable steel bikepacking bike just didn’t see any real value on paying extra for suspension and the added maintenance costs to keep it running well.
So, save some money on the fork, drop a bit of weight, and gain more hauling capacity – all at the same time. Win, win, win.
With the move to a 400mm a-2-c fork length, the Tflsberg Steel v2 frame shifts to a curved downtube. Plus that means it gets a longer headtube and longer seat tubes, too. But it mostly keeps the same frame Stack for a relaxed, comfortable upright riding position on flat bars. Altogether that means more space inside the front triangle for storage. It means a stronger frame, a cleaner headtube gusset, and better dropper post compatibility.
In the end, 8bar says the new bike will now hold up to 5 water bottles. 2 offset mounts on the sides of the down tube will fit cages even with a full frame bag.
Factor in all the Anything cage mounts on the fork & curved seatstays, you could fit up to 9 bottles even.
The updated steel frame also now includes a built-in seatpost clamp. And while routing is still external, it includes internal routing for a 27.2mm dropper.
At the same time the v2 Tflsberg does tweak its geometry a bit, too – across the 3 size range (S-L). Angles, BB drop & chainstay length do not change. But Reach decreases on the small frame & increases on the large for a wider fitting range.
The revamped Tflsberg Steel v2 frame starts at 763€ on its own in glossy charcoal grey or matte sand tan. Custom colors are also always possible.
Thanks to the shorter fork move, there are more fork options. For bikepacking a 254€ alloy fork, or a 305€ steel fork are solid options. Or you can pick one of 8bar’s gravel forks. With the shorter axle-to-crown, a 30mm RockShox Rudy XPLR fork is also possible for an extra 712€. Yes, that’s essentially the same cost as the frame only. What are you gonna do?
If you are looking for complete bikes, 8bar does both flat bar and drop bar builds of the new Tflsberg Steel v2 bikepacking bike, with pricing from around 1100€. You can also customize a build with racks front and rear, plus a full lighting setup for classic hybrid MTB looks and commuter versatility.
As always with 8bar’s versatile bikes and online customizer… thus, the possibilities are limited only by your budget & imagination.