Denk Engineering has been designing the lightest bikes of their time for more than 20 years. Whether road, full suspension, hardtail or triathlon – we keep breaking our own records.
Thanks to our special expertise in carbon technology we are still able to lower allegedly unshakeable weight limits. Whereby we do not make any compromises at all regarding stiffness, stability, comfort and durability.
The top version of the quick-change artist Cannondale Jekyll only weighs 11.5 kilograms. This is still a top value for a full-suspension bike with 150 mm spring travel.
We also develop uncompromising featherweight racing bikes for Cannondale. Despite a record-breaking stiffness value, at 7.55 kilograms the Cannondale Flash Team is even lighter than many racing bikes and has proved equally convincing for racers and the specialist press.
“A bike in a class of its own that is extremely strong in uphill and downhill,” in the judgement of Germany’s Cross-Country Champion and mountain bike test rider Wolfram Kuschat (Bike Magazine 12/09). The racing bike made of carbon sped from test win to test win.
Denk Engineering got the frame weight of the Scott Addict below 800 grams through intensive computer simulations and the first use of IMP technology. Despite a weight saving of 100 grams compared to its predecessor, the CR-1, the Addict scored with further improved, and thus revolutionary, stiffness values.
We set another benchmark with the Addict: for the following five years we would be the worldwide reference value for stiffness-to-weight.
The full-suspension frameset of the Scott Spark is the lightest in the world. This weight, achieved through the use of the IMP production process, has not yet been surpassed by any other producer. And we have set another record: we construct the lightest and most stable stem/handlebar combination in the world*.
Denk Engineering developed a triathlon frame for Scott that was not only the lightest triathlon frame of its time (1080 grams), but also defined new standards: the Scott Plasma scored with its flow-optimized profile, an integrated seat post and special carbon technology.
The tube-to-tube process we developed allowed us to present the world’s first hardtail frame that weighted less than a kilogram: the Scott Scale. Many racers have used this ultralight bike, which also left the competition a long way behind regarding stiffness, tensile strength and durability.
The use of tube-to-tube technology in the light 840 - 890 g racing bike frame of the CR-1 led to an immense increase in the acceptance of carbon within the bike industry. This revolutionary process still defines the industry standard.
We developed the first full-suspension carbon frame below 2,000 grams in 2000: the Scott Strike. But the fact that the frame was the first to exploit the potential of carbon as a material for the bike industry ensured even more attention: up to this point, carbon frames were heavier, less durable or less stiff than competitors made of aluminum.
The Strike was a revolution: it was the first carbon bike to beat aluminum bikes regarding weight, stiffness and durability. Since then, Denk Engineering has consistently driven the development of carbon frames forward.