The editorial staff of aktivRadfahren praises the little black… (das kleine schwarze is a synonym of “a little black dress aka a sexy bike…. ) with the words: "STEVENS from Hamburg has been inspiring people with its sporty touch for many years. The brand enjoys an excellent and successful reputation among road bike, cross-country and marathon racers. It also consistently proves that it also stands for great trekking bikes. The portfolio is by no means one-dimensional, but always open to new ideas. The STEVENS C12 Lite is also located within the "Trekking Premium" class.
With its finely graduated 12-speed Pinion gearbox with 600% ratio gear range, it contains exactly the hip equipment package of high-quality trekking bikes. A light, high-quality frame is the base for its sporty orientation. The rigid fork with quick release axle provides the necessary direct power transfer. The editors of aktivRadfahren describe how the compact headlamp also fits well into the picture. The Gates CDX timing belt does its job over many thousands of kilometers with impressively low maintenance.
The seated position on the C12 Lite is slightly compact and somewhat sporty. This fits very well with the impression that the whole bike, including the grips and saddle, is "noticeably taut and therefore quite sporty." Together this gives a very solid overall impression. With the wide handlebars, you have a "nice and lively bike" very well under control, writes aktivRadfahren.
With the stiff fork, strong front carrier and robust tube shapes, hardly any energy is lost at either end. Accordingly, the C12 Lite is also really "responsive and fast" when starting. The fast tires fit perfectly with the concept of this sports tourer with commuter qualities. The gears are hit very precisely here - the modern gear lever makes gear changes "snappy and not choppy". aktivRadfahren sums it up: "...this also rounds out the impression". The rear wheel hub, which is quiet compared to the other test bikes, is not very noticeable.
Conclusion: The cool and spriteful trekking bike STEVENS C12 Lite corresponds with the sporty DNA of STEVENS. It has a very harmonious design and is a pleasure to ride even on longer tours - strong, light and affordable.
- Modern trekking bike fully spec’d with high quality components
- Finely tuned 12-speed Pinion gearbox with 600% gear range
- Innovative, low-maintenance Gates belt drive
- Reliable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
- Fast and foldable Schwalbe Marathon tires
The C12 Lite weighs 14.3 kg and is available in Stealth Black, sizes 52, 55, 58, 61 cm. RRP 2,799.00 €