Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review of VSF Fahhrad Manufaktur T300 model. Update for 2018.

I have just received a ladies T300 trekking bike for a customer. Here is a review of it for you. As many of you know, the T100 is VSF's benchmark commuter,workhorse bicycle. The T300 has various upgrades and these I will describe for you and you will be able to see them clearly through the pictures I have taken. Update for 2018.......over the last few years the T300 particularly in mens version has without doubt become the most popular commuter that I sell.

The main upgrades over the T100 are as follows............

The excellent shimano 8 speed hub gear is upgraded to the even better 8 speed premium or redline gearbox.......essentially this gearbox has better sealing against bad weather and water ingress and has more metal parts than plastic internally.

The braking system is upgraded from shimano v brakes to the excellent Magura HS22 hydraulic rim brakes.

Tyres are upgraded to Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard from Schwalbe Citizens.They are also at 700-40 slimmer than the tyres on the T100.

The hub dynamo is Shutter Precision PV-8 .........light and efficient. Lights are Axa Blueline 30 lux with standlight at the front and Axa slim with standlight at the rear

Saddle is upgraded from Selle Royale Rio to Ariel. Fantastic quality commuter trekking machine as you obviously expect from VSF. Colours as standard this year are ebony metallic and midnight matt. This one is in white as per customer choice. It costs £90 if you ask me to spec your own colour. Please  remember you can order this bike from me as the 8 speed hub geared version described here  also in 27 speed Deore derailleur format. For 2018 there is also a T300 Gates belt drive version and a T300 in XXL sizes 67cms for gents and 60 for ladies.

Price for both 8 speed and 27 speed models £899.
Price for Gates belt drive version £1199
Price for XXL version £1199
Another superior commuting/trekking workhorse from one of the world's best bicycle manufacturers

Here you see the Shimano 8 speed premium or redline gearbox.Note the sturdy stand.

This pic shows Magura HS 11 hydraulic brake levers ,adjustable quill handlebar stem and quality Japanese bell.

Shimano 3N72 hub dynamo and note Exal TX19 double walled rim with stainless spokes.

Here is part of the Magura hydraulic braking system. Mudguards are German SKS of course !

Both front and back lights are powerful leds with standlights made in Germany by Busch and Muller.

Notice fully enclosed chainglider and pump held neatly within the rear rack.

Frame material is quality 25CRMo4 steel which is powder rust. All bolts for fitting are rust !!

Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard tyres. Racktime rack with sprung top section.