For 2 years now I have been following the purchase of a new frame in order to build up an off-road racing bike at my discretion. I didn't know the term Gravel Bike until now, because I basically avoid trends and hypes. I also knew that I needed a powerful lighting system from SON as well as mudguards and racks for daily use. Unfortunately the search for a suitable frame for the self-assembly turned out to be very difficult, since today mostly only complete bikes are sold and one is therefore not the most welcome customer.
Through a tip from a friend I became aware of Urwahn Bikes, which are also around the corner. So I just hit the ground there and immediately found open ears for my project. Although the Stadtfuchs did not correspond in the whole completely to my conceptions, the Platzhirsch steel frame with its special form and the fork with the innumerable mounting possibilities appealed to me all the more. Also I pursued another ideas of the light extension, than the past full integration, did not represent any problem. On the contrary, the guys simply printed my own steel frame, without any electronic frippery. I was able to rely on Sebastian's experience when selecting components. After the completion of the Platzhirsch steel frame I was able to jump right into self-assembly.
After racing through the forest at night in the moonlight for the first time, I knew it:
My bike has become exactly as I had imagined it!
Conclusion: if you like the Platzhirsch steel frame even halfway, you are at the right address to create your dream bike.