This week on Reader’s Rig, we check out Bregan Koenigseker’s first-generation Standert Erdgeschoss, a rare beauty and likely one of the most well-traveled of its kind. Find photos and build details here…

Posted by Lucas Winzenburg

I’m Bregan Koenigseker and I’m an American living in Berlin since 2002. I run a small communications agency specialising in cycling called Crank! Communication. One of the perks of my job has been frequent cycling-related travel, which has resulted in some dreamy bikepacking tours with famous people in the US, South Africa, and around Europe.

Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, Gramm Tourpacking

I like most kinds of cycling and own many bikes. When I was in college, my friends and I used to go mountain biking in West Virginia with our gear in hiking backpacks. We called this “bikepacking” and it was our way to get away from people, build sweat lodges, and party.

My current bikepacking rig is a first-generation Erdgeschoss cyclocross frame from Standert Bicycles, a local company in Berlin. The frame was part of a small production run and was handmade in Italy with Columbus tubing and a beefy 3T fork. The paint speaks for itself; the bike has become a bit of an icon. I believe only around 10 were made. Standert has been key in reigniting the Berlin cycling scene – support them!

  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, Gramm Tourpacking
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, Gramm Tourpacking, Wahoo Elemnt

This bike has sliding dropouts that allow you to run it as a fixed or single speed, too. The bags were made here in Berlin by Kristin at Gramm Tourpacking. The frame bag was specially reinforced to hold 3L water and without bulging. My handlebar bag uses a special mount that allows for full use of the bars. The saddle is a Brooks Team Pro that is about 10 years old. I usually “go commando” for maximum comfort.

  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, WTB Resolute
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker
  • Frame Standert Erdgeschoss
  • Fork 3T
  • Wheels American Classic rims with American Classic hubs
  • Tires WTB Resolute 700×42
  • Handlebar Top Fun Flared
  • Bar Tape Brooks Cambium Rubber
  • Crankset SRAM Force
  • Derailleur SRAM Rival
  • Brake/Shift Levers SRAM Rival
  • Saddle Brooks Team Professional
  • Seatpost Thomson
  • Pedals Shimano XT
  • Stem Top Fun
  • Bags Gramm Tourpacking
  • Other Accessories SKS Anywhere mounts, Blackburn Outpost cages
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, Gramm Tourpacking, Brooks Saddle
  • Standert Erdgeschoss, Koenigseker, Shimano XT Pedals

You can find Bregan on Instagram @crank_communication. And be sure to check out our first look at the new stainless steel Standert Erdgeschoss here.

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