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Unchained in Berlin

  October 12, 2018

The slogan of Schindelhauer Bikes is "Belt-Driven. Since Day One." Gates Carbon Drive is an essential ingredient of their brand DNA. Gates recently traveled to Berlin to visit Schindelhauer's headquarters, produce a video and--of course--explore their historic city by bike.

two bikes on wall

Founded in 2009, Schindelhauer has won many design and innovation awards for their clean, fast and stylish urban bicycles. Their hallmark is a meticulous attention to detail that combines timeless styling with modern aesthetics. And they use Gates belts on every bike model, with the goal of providing a modern, grease-free drivetrain for today’s urban cyclist.

Our first stop after flying into Tegel airport was the 25hours Hotel in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. This hotel is a showcase for Schindelhauer, which supplies a fleet of bikes that adorn hallways and rooms and which are available for use by guests–including the Thin Bike, below, which hung from a wall near the elevator.

Schindelhauer on wall
Winner of a Red Dot Design award, the Thin Bike’s handlebars turn sideways and its pedals fold up for flat storage against a wall. It is one of the many design innovations for which Schindelhauer is renowned.

Riding a Friedrich XI supplied by Schindelhauer, we pedaled across the city to the hipster Kreuzberg district where Schindelhauer’s offices are located, near the Spree River and Treptower Park.

Door logo

Formed in Magdeburg, Germany, Schindelhauer relocated to Berlin in 2012 to grow and thrive in the city’s creative energy, art and culture. Berlin is the brand’s largest market, and we spotted many belt drive bikes on the streets. All of their employees ride Schindelhauer bikes to work on the city’s large network of urban bike lanes and pathways. Their headquarters consists of a workshop on the first floor with offices and a sunlit showroom above.

Schindelhauer offices 2
The Hektor track bike is raced by Team Schindelhauer-Gates.

Schindelhauer offices

Hektor on wall

Belt Driven. Since Day One.
Belt Driven. Since Day One.

After touring their facilities, we got to work creating a video that explains the technology, history, style and strength of Gates Carbon Drive and our partnership with Schindelhauer. We filmed closeups and interviews inside their offices and then hit the streets.

filming at Schindelhauer

Utilizing drone cameras for exterior shots, as well as a belt driven CD-1 cargo bike from HNF-Nicolai, we first shot multiple sequences atop a carpark with an elevated train line running behind. Schindelhauer Creative Director Stephan Zehren is a skilled rider who performed nose wheelies and showed some steez on a black singlespeed Viktor with a Carbon Drive Red belt. With its powerful Bosch motor and Gates belt, the CD-1 was a versatile machine that enabled the videographers to film the action without using a car. The cameraman sat on the cargo platform, clipped in, carrying a camera attached to a gimbal for motion stability.

filming with cargo bike

reviewing footage
Reviewing footage. Slick!

Stephan nose wheelie

With some nice footage, the crew then headed to one of Berlin’s many city parks for more shots. The cameraman had the hardest job–chasing Stephan with the heavy gimbal and camera.

Wheelie in park

At dusk, we headed to a scenic pathway along the riverfront to shoot images of the Frieda with a model friend of the brand, with the iconic Molecule Man statue in the background on the Spree.

Frieda on the river

Schindelhauer’s signature design features include integrated seat tube clamps and “time trial” cutouts on the seat tube, as well as internal cable routing, dynamo lights, internally geared hubs and top-level spec for low-maintenance, and fast, urban riding.

Jorg preparing for his closeup.
Jorg preparing for his closeup.

In 2019, Schindelhauer Bikes will celebrate its 10th anniversary, a milestone that makes co-founder Jorg Schindelhauer proud. Sitting down for an interview with the video crew, Jorg summed up his brand story: “We are very proud of all the work we have done to date. But we are not finished. We plan to continue working with Gates to push innovations that help people get from A to B with ease.”

Stay tuned for our video launch in late 2018.

Schindelhauer bike box
Their boxes say it all: Bikes to conquer urban space.