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Ludwig VIII/XI - The Classic Sportsman
Ludwig is made for commuting and light touring, engineered for the cyclist in search of flexibility and performance. Available in two versions with an 8- or 11-speed Shimano Alfine hub. Ludwig tackles hills, urban sprawl and relaxing stretches of road with equal enthusiasm. The Gates Carbon Drive provides a powerful, quiet, and reliable drivetrain, perfect for the cyclist who rides year-round. Topped off with a classic Brooks leather saddle and grips to add a dose of timeless simplicity and sophistication to a technologically innovative, flexible all-rounder.
- 8- or 11-speed Alfine internal geared hub
- tour-suitable riding position
- Schindelhauer slider-belt-tensioning-system
- can be retrofitted with custom-tailored mudguards and pannier racks
Center Track - belt drive system
Smoothly and quietly riding down the street- only listening to the sweet sound of the noise on the road. Alone the advantages of the belt drive system can make this experience come true. By applying the revolutionary Carbon Drive Technology made and developed by Gates™, carbon fibres are embedded in a polyurethane material, thus enabling the belt drive to outplay the chain. The belt’s superior technological advantages - low noise and zero maintenance - are truly irresistible. Extensive testing of the belt drive has shown that due to the applied high-strength carbon fibre, there is not even the slightest evidence of stretching, which forces you to replace drive components and is commonly observed when using standard chains. Consequently, the belt drive lasts much longer than standard chains and has an expected running performance of approximately 20,000 km (13,670 Miles). All rear-pulleys are exclusively manufactured from hardened steel to guarantee an extensive durability. The patented Mud Ports™ shed even the worst types of debris and keep the state of the art belt drive system in ideal function. Additional testing has revealed that the belt drive is as efficient as a chain. Particularly in the longer term it gives proof of its superior technology advantages to shed all types of debris and wear and to require low maintenance, whereas chains are reduced in their level of efficiency. It is the only drive system that is completely lubricant and maintenance-free. On top of this you can enjoy the freedom of riding your bike without any chain guard or ever having to roll up your trousers again. For putting the belt under tension, the Crocodile-Clamping-System has been developed and patented by Schindelhauer. Apart from ideal functionality, we focus just as much on balanced looks. That’s why all frames are equipped with the also patented Schindelhauer Belt-Port-Technology. This feature does not affect the stiffness of the rear triangle in any way and integrates all technical components smoothly into the design of the bike. Watch out!
Schindelhauer - slider-belt-tensioning-system
Two guided slides serve as the attachment for the rear-wheel. By use of the forward tilted opening axis mounts, the belt is automatically brought into its initial preset tension while mounting the wheels. A finely brushed stainless steel plate covers all clamping screws which fix the slides into place. Despite the concentration of technology in such confined spaces, we have achieved a clean look. Two adjusting screws serve for the adjustment of the belt tension and the alignment of the rear-wheel.
Schindelhauer - belt port
We like the idea of the drive belt blending in with the back frame tri-angle. Unfortunately, the laws of physics prevent that option. Due to Schindelhauer’s patent pending SBP-System the opening is well hidden and changing your drive belt is an easy task. A fixed connection between seat and chain stay is achieved by applying Schindelhauer’s positively spool piece in wave form, which reflects the design of the drive belt. It can easily be removed and reinstalled. By applying a continuous screw connecting all components, the original stiff state is restored and it looks as if nothing has ever been changed. No more annoying combinations of transmissions or screw connections affecting your eyesight- only the pure aesthetics of the invisible remain. If it involves a Schindelhauer Bike, this application goes visibly unnoticed. We are very proud of that.
Schindelhauer - aluminium frame
If a bike ought to be equipped with a drive belt, it must have a frame with a stiff tail providing a high strength. Aluminum is ideally suited as material for component design of stiff bicycle frames due to achieving big cross sections at low weight. That’s why Schindelhauer Bikes has carefully chosen this non-ferrous-metal. High-quality 6061 aluminum is used to manufacture all frames. A maximum stiffness is achieved by T6-hot-age hardening every single frame. The Aero-tube set is triple butted and a fine compromise between lightweight design and durability. After welding the tubes by using the TIG welding process, every single weld is polished. The so-called “smooth-welding” does not only make a good visual impression, but also alleviates the stress concentration and improves the fatigue strength of the frame. A Schindelhauer Bike will give you pleasure for a long time- that’s our main objective. The appearance is flawless due to the installed cable pulleys, the integrated headset and seat clamp all within the frame. The forged dropout connects the self-developed SBP- Schindelhauer-Belt-Port as well as the Crocodile clamping system. Now the frame is ready to be fitted with the Gates™- Drive Belt.
Brooks Team Pro Classic - leather saddle
It doesn’t get any more classy than this. For decades, bike-connaisseurs have been appreciating this core leather saddle made in England. Once broken in, you can count on this saddle for a lifetime, even if you took it to the end of the world and back. The Brooks Team Pro Classic is regarded as the perfect touring saddle and with its refined design and classic chrome rails it is a perfect match to our Ludwig model.
Schindelhauer - ergo grips
The ergonomic shaped handles provide a direct link to your wheel and make every single ride a pure delight. The big locating surfaces provide a maximum feeling of comfort due to a well balanced pressure distribution. Both handles are securely clamped and kept twist-proof at the handlebar with clamping rings. The brown shining core leather lies comfortable in the hand and reflects the saddle color. In that way design and functionality are perfectly united again.
Shimano Alfine - 8 and 11-gear hub
Ludwig is equipped with a Shimano 8-gear hub. A total gear range of about 307% offers enough leeway even for undergoing extensive bike rides with climbs and tail wind passages. The pawls free freewheel of the low maintenance hub is ultra-silent and suits the quiet belt drive perfectly. Engaging gears is done easily and precisely by using the Rapidfire-shifter.
Schindelhauer - urban pedal
Pedal in style – On our quest for the perfect pedal, we developed the Urban-Pedal. With its flat outline and slip-proof 3M-SafetyWalk tread, a safe stand and ideal force transmission is provided at all times. The light, CNC-shaped pedal is high-end equipped with a CrMo Axle, a sealed bearing and an IGUS plain bearing. Furthermore, it can be combined with our pedal hook set and our pedal straps.
Tektro - brake system
The ultra-light dual-pivot road bike brakes with side-pull go perfectly with the classic design of our bikes. Forged aluminum is used to manufacture the brake arms. Optimal delay in dry and wet conditions is achieved by applying angle adjusted brake pads. The easy to handle quick release makes disassembling your set of wheels a piece of cake.
Shimano Alfine - hollowtech crankset
The Shimano Alfine crankset is excellently suited for applying the drive belt system. For this purpose both the hollow axis and external inner bearings make their contribution towards achieving the essential stiffness that the belt demands. A fixed stop collar enforces a precise belt line, thus ensuring a high durability of the belt. But looks were not neglected here, as the crank sticks out as a visual highlight and further distinguishes the style of the bike.
Frame: Aluminium (AL6061-T6), triple butted aero tubing, forged dropouts with slider belt tensioning system and Schindelhauer - belt port, integrated seat post clamp, internal cable routing, smooth welded
Fork: curved aluminium fork
Headset: Tange Seiki - integrated
Power transmission: Gates Carbon Drive - CDX, front 55T/50T, rear 22T/24T, belt 115T/113T
Gear shift: Shimano - Alfine 8-speed / 11-speed internal gear hub
Crankset: Shimano - Alfine Hollowtech II
Bottom bracket: BSA, Shimano - Alfine Hollowtech II
Pedals: Schindelhauer - Urban Pedal, aluminium, CNC machined
Handlebar: Schindelhauer - aluminium moon bar
Saddle: Brooks - B17
Seat post: Schindelhauer
Grips: Schindelhauer - ergo leather grips
Wheels: Schindelhauer - high flange front hub, Shimano - Alfine 8-/11-speed internal gear hub, Alexrims - CX30 rims, Sapim - Race spokes, radial and 2-cross laced
Brakes: Tektro - R539, Tektro - FL750
Tires: Continental - Contact II with reflective stripes 32-622
Weight: 10.6 kg / 10.5 kg
Mudguards: mudguard mounting possible
Pannier rack: front- and rear pannier rack mounting possible
Additional features: side stand mounting possible, installing a bicycle trailer onto the rear axle is possible but will require a hub hitch adapter. Please consult the trailer manufacturer or dealer for further information!