“One of the most capable bikes for short and long-distance rides“, is My Bike magazine’s conclusion after a thorough review of the STEVENS 8X Lite Tour. The top-of-the-line model is exemplary for sporty, every-day capable bikes from the City Cross line, that was developed by STEVENS from the minimalistic X-cross line for city, gravel and forest roads. The 8X Lite Tour is also an example of what kind of ride experience modern bicycle technology, when usefully combines with top-shelf components, can create.
Of course the frameset is the basis for all of that. According to My Bike’s testers it provided “high lateral stiffness and direct, precise steering, immediately transferring pedal power into forward motion combined with agility and secure handling.”
The 8X Lite Tour makes all this possible with its load-specifically optimized frame tubes. Several steps of hydroforming – a method of applying pressure by oil or water – are used to shape the tubes into the desired form. This way the downtube can be large at the steerer tube to absorb great forces without bending but also taper down to be slimmer at the bottom bracket. The seat tube becomes wider at the bottom, to have the least possible amount of pedalling force possible wasted. Also the steerer tube tapers from a small diameter at the top to a big diameter at the bottom, not only to offer more contact surface for the down tube, but also to make room for a wider fork shaft that contributes to more precise steering.
When making such an effort it is only consistent to polish the welds in a further step of production. We think it looks good and also it increases the toughness of the tube interface. The mostly internally routed cables provide a clean appearance. A little trick will make mechanics happy: The shifting cable disappears inside a little opening in the frame to appear from a bigger opening near the bottom bracket by itself without any hassle.
Triple butted means that the frame tubes have three different wall thicknesses, thicker at the ends where they are welded together and where the most stress occurs, and thinner in the middle. This saves some material and therefore weight. Not only due to these meticulously shaped tubes the 8X Lite Tour only weighs 12.5 kg (27.5 lbs) in size 55.