“The Falkenjagd Aristos CX Randonneur scores on stiffness, specifications and elegance.”
aktiv Radfahren (January 2016)
The word ‘randonneur’ in French means ‘hiker’, but it has been adopted by the cycling world to refer to an endurance rider who covers long distances (200km or more) at a fairly fast speed, with only limited breaks, and on a self-sufficient basis.
1891 saw the first of the now traditional Paris-Brest-Paris rides – it was described as a ‘randonnée à vélo’, which means ‘bicycle hike’. The launch of what would become a traditional long-distance ride was the beginning of an independent sub-group within cycle sport. Although at that time cyclists were already racing over substantial distances, the Paris-Brest-Paris run shifted the emphasis onto conquering the distance itself. The inaugural event received great public interest, and since then a long-distance scene within cycle sport has developed that continues to use the term ‘randonnée’. Consequently the riders describe themselves as randonneurs, i.e. [bicycle-] hikers.
For these riders, the car has long lost its position as a status symbol. In forward-looking cities like Copenhagen, CO2-conservers have replaced fossil-fuel users as the group around which town-planning decisions are made. More and more journeys to work are being made using commuter-generated power. In the Netherlands, a network of “Fietssnelwege” (cycling expressways) connect most towns and cities. In Germany, the land of the car, these developments are still in their infancy, but we are working ceaselessly to push things forward.
With the Aristos CX Randonneur we have created a bike attractive to both athletes and 9 to 5ers alike that, through its combination of clever details and overall design, has the capacity to turn them into the most passionate of cycle-commuters.
Lighter than steel, much stronger than carbon, more comfortable than aluminium – titanium’s special qualities are something you really notice on your morning ride to work. With its steep geometry and short wheelbase, the Aristos CX Randonneur’s lively handling makes it ideal for the twists and turns of inner-city riding. Fast road tyres set it up as a racer or fast tourer and give it a turn of speed that means it outpaces even electric bikes, while the optional cyclo-cross tyres let you take shortcuts via bumpy roads or dirt tracks.
The powerful disc brakes are equally at home with mud and wet off road as they are with high speeds on tarmac. 180mm front discs and 160mm rear provide maximum safety and stability. Two thru-axles and a Press Fit bottom bracket shell give a modern accent to the build specs. In keeping with its intended role, the Aristos CX Randonneur comes fitted with mudguards, a rear rack, and lights powered by a top-quality SON hub dynamo – which also feeds a charging system for your electronic devices. So, that’s everything sorted: the journey can begin…
Scratch-resistant, and unbothered by dirt, water and road-salt, titanium is the ideal material for a cyclo-cross bike with all-round capacity, that is just as suitable for daily commuting. Wheel clearance is sufficient for 35mm tyres, with mudguards. The bike is available with either Dura-Ace or Ultegra groupset. The rigid titanium fork, developed by Falkenjagd and built for a 175kg overall load, allows for fully-laden tours. The optional USB charger allows uncomplicated charging of electronic devices while on the road. As well as the standard Syntace build, Falkenjagd titanium or Tune Components packages are available – the latter in a range of exotic colours.
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