Tuesday, March 6, 2018

VSF TX 400 XT expedition bike par excellence. Updated for 2018.

Review here and pics to show you detail of the highly regardedVSF expedition bike ........the TX 400.

The TX400 is a true expedition bike and the only bike in the VSF range supplied with 26" wheels. Reasoning behind this is that in remote areas spares for this size are easier to source locally and the wheels are generally stronger when in rougher terrain.

Over the years I have sold more than ever of this bicycle both in XT 30 speed and Rohloff version with several customers cycling the bikes into Central Asia, Africa and beyond. However please note that for 2018 the TX 400 only comes in XT multi geared version. The Rohloff model has been discontinued. However I do still have one of these in stock in 52 if someone still needs one. Please note as of 03/03/2018 this 52 rohloff is now sold.

Frame is steel 25CrMo 4 and double butted which means that the steel is thicker where it needs more strength ie by the joints and thinner towards the centre........ this provides optimal weight saving and compliance. The top of the seat tube has extra width increasing strength where it counts.

The gear system is shimano  30 speed ......10 speed cassette (11-34 ) and Deore 48/36/26 triple at the front. Rear derailleur is XT and shifters are XT.

Braking is via the wonderful Magura HS33 rim hydraulic system. The fluid in this system is mineral oil and does not absorb water so needs no real maintenance. Brake blocks are very long lasting and take seconds to change. ( I will demo this for you in the shop ).

Tubus ( in my opinion the worlds best) racks both front and back for fantastic luggage carrying capacity.

Lighting system is operated by Shutter Precision PV8  hub dynamo with the fantastic German B&M IQ2 EYC  Plus at 50 lux on the front and Line LED at the rear........standlights front and back.

Bottle cages ,pump and the quality Japanese bell and fully functional rear stand are all included.

All in all a fantastic high quality touring/expedition machine...........take a look at the pics.

Colour for 2018 is sepia brown matt

Price £1499. Currently I still have a 2017 model in 57 which will be £1100. Colour is exactly the same as the 2018 model. So pick up a bargain.Please note pics show the TX400 from 2016 but apart from detail in the write up the bike still looks the same !
The VSF TX 400 XT 30 speed in all it's glory

The cockpit area showing magura brakes and quality ergo fit grips and bar ends

                                                          Shimano Deore triple chainset.
                                         Tubus rear cargo rack with B&M Toplight attached
SKS mudguards and powerful B&M IQ front light. Notice brake booster giving even more control to the already amazing Magura braking system.