Bike of the Week | Enter weight-weenie nirvana with Schmolke’s Aerrow race bike

Carbon everything from the boutique brand

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Schmolke’s Aerrow is our latest Bike of the Week and is one of the German brand’s first bikes.

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The boutique brand is most famous for its scantily lightweight carbon fibre wheels and finishing kit.

The Aerrow is a fully integrated road race bike and tips the scales at 6.55kg in this size-large build.

A race-focused lightweight frame

Schmolke Aerrow against a wall
The Aerrow cuts a slender figure.
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The Aerrow features aero-optimised frame tubing, with a matching D-shaped seatpost and dropped seatstays, reminiscent of a Specialized Tarmac SL6.

The cables and hydraulic hoses are fully integrated, routing through the bar, stem and the 1-1/8in upper headset bearing.

The Aerrow can accept up to 28mm road bike tyres and runs on a press-fit BB86 bottom bracket standard.

Schmolke claims a 1,000g painted frame weight in a size medium with all the hardware fitted and 390g for the fork. A frameset retails for €2,990.

The geometry is suitably aggressive, with a size large having a steep 73.5-degree head tube and seat tube angles. This is paired with a reasonably long 395mm reach and a 565mm stack.

All of the frame sizes share short 410mm chainstays.

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Carbon everything

Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset with THM Clavicula crankset
The THM Clavicula crankset kicks things up a notch.
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This particular build uses a Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset, albeit with some luxurious deviations.

There’s a THM Clavicula crankset with carbon chainrings, that weighs 395g, undercutting Shimano’s already light Dura-Ace cranks by nearly 200g. Further weight is shaved with the Trickstuff disc brake rotors.

The wheels and finishing kit come from Schmolke’s TLO (The Light One) line.

The 45mm-deep Carbon TLO wheels weigh a mere 1,235g for the pair, with a narrow 17.6mm internal rim width. The featherweight 395g rims are laced to Extralite’s SPD-3 ceramic hubs with Sapim CX-Ray 2.0 spokes.

They’re wrapped in Continental GP5000 clincher tyres in a 25mm width, although you could opt for wider or tubeless rubber if you want further comfort and are not put off by a slight weight increase.

The Carbon TLO Evo ICR handlebar is claimed to weigh 165g, with the matching integrated 100mm-length stem coming in at 81g.

Schmolke TLO seatpost and TLO 55 saddle
You’d better be wearing some comfortable bib shorts if you want to make friends with this perch.
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The low-weight theme continues at the seatpost and saddle. The seatpost is claimed to weigh 100g, with the full-carbon TLO 55 saddle 55g. You’d need deep pockets for the saddle, which retails for €519.99 alone.

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This particular build will set you back €12,415. UK and international pricing is to be confirmed.