Friday, February 11, 2011

Amit takes another of the VSF T200's.







TheVSF Fahrrad T200 is proving to be a very popular model this year.People seem to like the fully enclosed chainguard and the premium 8 speed gearbox.These upgrades beyond the T100 mean it is very much the the gents equivalent of the ladies S300.They make a lovely pair of bikes.In fact this is exactly the option that Amit (pictured receiving his bike )and his wife have taken.
I have added the extra pics to show the gearbox and chainguard.The red band around the gearbox enables you to distinguish it from the standard 8 speed.
By the way the most important differences between the two gearboxes are firstly that in the premium version the plastic moving parts are replaced with metal and secondly the seals are much more comprehensive.Something to be aware of given the evil winter weather we now seem to experience in this country.
Having said that I have been impressed with the reliability of the basic 8 speed box.I have sold hundreds now and never had to replace one.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fahrrads travel abroad

I receive many emails from people living abroad-particularly in Canada and Australia- wanting to buy and know more about the VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur bicycles.The bikes have an amazing following worldwide--- in this instance particularly the T400 travel bike usually in XT 27 speed or Rohloff version.Two XT versions are leaving the shop tomorrow bound for Edmonton Alberta.It amazes me that in 2 days time they will be on the other side of the world !

As an update the bikes arrived unscathed within 2 days.Actually an amazing service from DHL.The bikes are tracked every step of the way.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fahhrad T Belt update ------

The Fahrrad Manufaktur has been incredibly popular so far.Last October I took deposits on 5 of these bikes.Things have changed as the gearboxes and therefore the bikes themselves will now not be available until February 2011.Nearly all the people who ordered them have upgraded to Rohloff equipped T900's which really are amazing machines.

However when the bikes do reach my shop they will be popular with people who want fantastic quality and a great hub gear whist not willing to stretch the extra few hundred pounds to the Rohloff.

Firstly the appeal of the belt drive which should need no maintenance even if you cycle it around the world is self evident.

Maintenance apart the bike is incredibly silent to cycle and very clean !! There is no oil to transfer to your trousers and no rust from salt ridden chains in the winter.

Even though these bikes are not cheap they are tremendous value when you consider the gearbox as the Alfine 11 speed is only 3 gears short of a Rohloff and yet nearly £1000 cheaper !!

It will be interesting to see any Rohloff developments as Shimano creep ever nearer in the hub gear department.

The T Belt this year comes with a neat chainguard this year which last year was missing.