Tuesday, June 7, 2011

More VSF Fahrrad news.The T models continued.

O.K so we move on from the T100 and T200 .The T300 remains much the same with standard colour schemes red, black and steel blue.

The T400 as the well known travel bike has colour changes too.The nexus 8 speed and Alivio model is standard in black and chilli.The Rohloff version is slate or steel blue.

Last years SLX version which proved incredibly popular as always is now running on Shimano XT and comes as standard in ebony black or milk white.Both the Rohloff and XT versions are sporting Tubus front low riders as standard and for the first time come with bottle holders fitted.

The next new "fill in" model is the T500 which is running on Shimano SLX and magura HS 11 brakes.This equipment places it firmly between the T300 and 700 meaning there is not such a large price difference between the two.

Pics above show the T400 Rohloff vesion and to the right the T400 XT version.

Fahrrad S300 versus S200 ?

Pictures show the S300 8 speed in white the S300 dual drive in red the S200 in black or yellow.

The Fahrrad Manufaktur S300 and S200 are the 2 models classed as City models although in reality the S300, particularly in dual drive form, ( i will explain!) ,could be used for most cycling requirements including touring.

I am going to try and tell you about the differences between these two fantastic bikes.

The S300 comes either as an 8 speed (premium) hub geared bike or as a 24 speed dual drive .

The 8 speed has a fully enclosed chainglider chainguard which I think is a fantastic addition to any hub geared bike.They are very light,completely cover the chain,very easy to work with and very, very neat.The bike has a lovely low step through which is particularly useful especially for women who may choose to cycle in trousers one day and in a dress the next.

The handlebar stem is a doubly adjustable A head system which caters for the comfort and riding positions of most people.

The S300 dual drive option runs with a 3 speed hub gear(sram) and an 8 speed cassette with a single 38 tooth chainwheel at the front.This gives the bike a tremendous range of gearing(542%)1.92-------10.43.This is wider than the Rohloff gearbox and also than a derailleur 27 speed system.It means that this bike could also be used for cycle touring and would be great for people living in hilly areas.

The rest of the bike is the same spec as the 8 speed except of course for the chainguard which on the dualdrive is not fully enclosed.

O.K now the S200.This is a more substantial looking bike in terms of size mainly because it runs with wider tyres 622-50 as opposed to the 622-37 on the S300.It therefore has wider mudguards.The stand is a centre stand which makes the bike very stable if loaded with shopping.

The S200 has a suspension seatpost ( another comfort feature along with the wider tyres).

The other main difference between the 2 models is the braking----

The S300 runs with shimano v brakes whilst the S200 runs with the same v brakes but also has a coaster brake (rear brake back pedal).

You need to cycle them to really notice the difference but the S300 is much sportier and suprisingly nippy for a hub geared bike whilst the S200 is designed around comfort .


S300 either option £630

S200 £699.

The S300 is undoubtedly my most popular ladies commuting bike.I usually have it in black , red and ocean blue colours.This year it is running with a powerful led frontlight (with standlight included of course ) and the rear rack has a dogleg which means panniers have a wide supportive area to rest against.

Remember that as with all Fahrrad bikes all the fitting bolts are stainless steel,rims are always double walled with stainless spokes,the nuts securing the v-brake pads are painted black( therefore no rust ).Mudguards are SKS made in Germany not A N other made in China.All these unseen features to the untrained eye make big differences to the longevity and useability of your bike and I can confidently say that you will not be able to find a better value commuting bike than those in the Fahrrad range. ( Value is when price and quality are both taken into account ! )

Fahrrad Manufaktur T Belt with Alfine 11 speed arrives

At long last the first Fahrrad Manufaktur T Belt with the new 11 speed shimano Alfine gearbox has arrived.This particular bike will only be here a day as the very patient customer who ordered it in September will be picking it up today.

Well anyway I have ridden it and it is a joy.As usual the belt drive is silent and provides great acceleration.The gearbox is crisp and easy to use with the Alfine shifter and the range of gears fantastic for most cycling.I feel the lower gears on the Rohloff are significantly lower than on the 11 speed but until percentages are compared can not say by how much.

As usual the fantastic Magura hydraulic brakes are beautifully efficient.

This year the bike comes with a neat and purposeful alloy chainguard which is a good upgrade from last years model.

Vertical dropouts as with the Rohloff models mean that belt tension is taken up by the eccentric bottom bracket.There is no tension slippage so common on hub geared bikes with horizontal dropouts.

Although this bike is only in the shop briefly I should have another by next Friday for people coming to inspect !

I now have the next T Belt in the shop.