Monday, April 25, 2016

VSF TX800 2016 in detail.

2016 TX800 in matt slate

Showing Tubus Tara ,Son 28 hub dynamo,marathon Mondial tyres ,Magura HS22 hydraulic brakes,SKS matt coloured mudguards.

Closer look at the Son 28.

Closer look at more easily adjustable Magura HS22's and BandM's IQ EYC front led

Handlebar configuration  

Close up of upgraded magura HS22 with larger adjuster and German made Ergon grips.

Very strong Exal MX19 double walled rims with eyeletted stainless spokes

Shimano XT groupset throughout ....including hub.

Tubus Cargo with straps

Selle Royal Ariel Lookin with Gel

Easy to change external Bottom bracket shells
Even though still on crutches last week was my busiest ever for VSF with 10 top quality bicycles  leaving the shop and customers coming to collect from all over the country. Two of the bikes were TX 800's so  I thought it appropriate to take some photos and provide another more detailed write up of the 2016 model for you as potential customers.

I see the TX800 as the derailleur geared partner to the Rohloff equipped TX1000 . It is an expedition bicycle par excellence with its double butted steel frame and extremely durable powder coated paintwork. The main difference between this bike and the most well known expedition bike from the VSF stable ( the TX400) is that it runs on 700c wheels whereas the TX400 runs with 26" rims. The 26" rim generally provides for a stronger wheel in very adverse riding terrain and is generally considered to be more widely available in remote areas. However some people want 700c rims and the TX 800 fits this bill !

The groupset is Shimano XT throughout which provides for a very smooth ride all round ! Remember the rear hub is also XT and combined with the fantastic Son front hub Dynamo you are assured of an effortless ride........once again remember there are two weights with bicycles........a lifting and a riding weight !! Expedition bicycles are not designed to be light weight......they are made to be compliant (double butted steel frame) and sturdy enough to carry your weight  and equipment.......but still roll as effortlessly as possible !! VSF are experts at satisfying these criteria and the TX 800 will not disappoint.

As you would expect racks are the world class Tubus Cargo at the rear and Tara at the front.

Weight is no problem when your wheels are the Exal MX19's which are double walled with eyeletted
stainless steel spokes.

Lighting is provided by the Son 28 hub Dynamo powering a front B and M Lumotec IQ EYC 50 lux led  and a rear BandM Line led. Both  of course have the luxury of stand lights for safety and detail.

Braking is provided by the recently revamped MaguraHS22 . The new brakes have a bigger and easier to use adjuster at the lever end and are now considerably easier to adjust at the rim too. Remember Magura brakes are filled with mineral oil and therefore not hydroscopic . That means they do not need regular bleeding as they do not absorb water. Brake blocks from my experience last 3 to 4 times as long as regular vbrake pads and the pads are not expensive. The Magura brakes are incredibly smooth and reliable. When cycling Geneva to Nice on a T900 I achieved a speed of 61.5 mph when descending the Col de L'Iseran and the bike and braking were so smooth and stable that I had no idea we were travelling at that pace.

Saddle is the Selle Royal Ariel Lookin Athletic,gel which is very comfortable and good for the prostate in that the gel in the centre of the saddle has the same effect as a cutaway in relieving pressure in important areas !

Tyres are Schwalbe Mondials for use on road (central ridge) and on rougher roads with their width and extra grip on the lateral sides.

Ergon grips made in Koblenz Germany provide comfort and lots of adjustability for those long days in the saddle.

You are also provided with a Japanese bell which does not brake on the first ping but I fact will last so long that eventually the red paint will come off leaving you with a polished alloy look.

This year straps are added to the rack for extra carrying capacity and do not underestimate a strong stand when touring . They are much more useful than you imagine especially when you can not find a tree or wall against which to lean your bike ! Equipment is finalised by the provision of a mini pump and two water bottles.

Colours for 2016 are mostly matt and mudguards are now matt to complement the frames. The TX800 standard colour is matt slate as you see in the pics.

Beat that for price,quality and value ! Hard to do isn't it in this world of most expedition bike providers offering you a tick box system of adding equipment to a basic bike with a frame and wheels. You understand what I mean !!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

VSF Fahrrad TX Randonneur.

The respiro is an awesome saddle. I love it on all bikes !
Great quality CrM04 steel frame
Tubus rack....the best in the world.
Full hub dynamo lighting system and B&M LumotecIQ CYO TR senso plus and  standlight at rear.
Quality Elite bottle cage as standard
Fantastic value for money.













Tubus front low rider as standard.
Bell is quality Japanese and will not break after 2 weeks !

Eat your heart out modern day Dawes Galaxy /Ridgeback variants etc etc. Here is a really outstanding proper quality tourer---the VSF Fahrradmanufaktur TX Randonneur.




Take a look at the pics and see for yourself. If you want to look at it in real life and ride it then pop into the shop.If you want to know more detail then call me.



Price £1300

Bikes in boxes !

With the inevitable growth of internet purchasing there will be many people who receive bikes and feel unsure about how to put them together properly.

I will offer this service. It will cost £30-40 depending on time and quality of your bike !! Cheaper the quality equals more time to put together !!!

VSF TX 400 XT expedition bike par excellence

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.

This year 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 and beyond.

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 (11-32 ) and Deore 48/36/26 triple at the front. Rear derailleur is XT and shifters are Deore.

Braking is via the wonderful Magura HS11 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 shimano hub dynamo DH-3N72 with the fantastic german B&M IQ Fly RT Senso Plus at the front and Toplight Flat Plus 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.

Price £1100.
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.

Review of VSF T500 30 speed.

The T500 and T700 30 speeds are the nimblest and quickest of all the VSF bicycles. They are at 14.7 kgs the lightest (apart from the T50s at 14.6kgs ). Lets deal with the T500 in this review .

The heart of the bike is the double butted steel frame which gives the bike it's relative lightness and superb compliance (rigidity with comfort ).

Running gear is Shimano Deore . The complete running gear is Deore so all the transmission and braking.This is great spec. The V brakes are very effective and help keep the weight down.

Wheels are Exal MX19 which are double walled with eyeletted and stainless spokes and of course Deore hubs which really help with free rolling !!

The cockpit is designed to be a sporty position.......ie fixed A head stem with straightish bars.

Great lighting with B&M Lumotec Lyt Plus with 25 Lux and standlight, b&M Toplight Flat Plus led with standlight at the rear and Shimano DH 3N72 hub dynamo.

The rear rack is light with a good dogleg for supporting your panniers. As usual great quality Japanese bell in bright red, a comprehensive and strong rear stand, Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres for fast travelling and as usual a mini pump to complete the package.

This is a very fast and fine qualitycommuter/trekking/touring bike . Not really possible to beat this bike if you compare price and quality against other makes of bikes.

Current price £799.
VSF T500 30 speed

And again

Showing Deore rear derailleur and 10 speed cassette.

Showing Deore chainset and front derailleur

Great spec Exal MX19 rims with double walls and stainless eyeletted spokes.

Great spec Shimano dynamo

Showing front B&M  25 lux headlight, Deore v brakes and SKS mudguards.

I really like the lightweight rear rack with no nonsense dogleg.

Strong and supportive rear stand

Showing outboard Bottom Bracket

Review of VSF Fahhrad Manufaktur T300 2014 model.

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.

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 HS11 hydraulic rim brakes.

Tyres are upgraded to Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard from Schwalbe Citizens.

The hub dynamo is upgraded from Shimano DH-3N31 to 3N72..........lighter and more efficient. Both lights are the same....... standlights on B&M for both this year.....

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 black and sand. This one is in white as per customer choice. It costs £90 if you ask me to spec your own colour.Please also remember you can order this bike from me as the 8 speed hub geared version described here and also in 27 speed Deore derailleur format.

Price for both models £850.
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 coated.......no rust. All bolts for fitting are stainless........no rust !!

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


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Review of the VSF Fahrrad TX1000.................another King of Bicycles

I have just received the amazing VSF TX1000 for a customer. It surely is a King of Bicycles.

VSF produce three models equipped with the Rohloff 14 speedhub (which is a work of art in itself )

The TX400 (26" wheel expedition machine )

The T900 700c wheeled and designed for touring on predominantly good roads but able to take on any Alpine or Himalayan ascents.

The TX1000 which is a 700c version of the TX400 essentially.It is an expedition machine for all types of road surface .

All three bikes are steel frames 25 CrM0 4.All fittings are stainless and frames are powder coated.
Rust does not appear on these machines......the quality and attention to detail is too high

I will tell the story of the TX1000 through the pictures and you will understand the quality .

Price approx £2350 depending on state of euro.
Here is King of Bikes the TX1000 with 14 speed Rohloff Speedhub

The 14 speed Rohloff Speed hub.......truly a work of Art.

The Son delux  hub dynamo........one of if not the best hub dynamo in the world.

Son Schmidt Edelux front led..........world class again 80 lux.

Magura hydraulic rim brakes of course. German made excellence.

Tubus Tara front Lowrider. Tubus.....German made..........best you can buy.........again !

New for 2013 .....the Fast Lifter. An ingenious way of raising bars with an ahead configuration.This has been discontinued for 2014.......returning to standard ahead.

Eccentric bottom bracket..........the only way to go with a proper expedition hub geared bike. You must have vertical dropouts !!

Tubus Cargo at the back.............the best again !!

Busch and Muller with standlight.....german excellence........again.

The very neat Chainglider which keeps clothes clean and helps with chain maintenance. It is incredibly light and neat and easy to work with.

Exal EX 19 double walled............spokes stainless and double butted of course. VSF do not stray from Exal rims.

Quality with the Brooks B17 Imperial

The Rohloff 14 speed shifter

King of the Bikes