Sunday, May 1, 2016

VSF T500 30 speed 2016 review.

We are already well into 2016 I do realise .......however I can only write these reviews when I am in the right mood for it .......and lately I have been !

The thing to realise though is that the VSF bicycles do not change with fashion and whim each year. Essentially the bikes will remain the same year by year as the models are tried and tested. However colours can change (for example Matt colours are very much in vogue with VSF this year) and this year Magura have redeveloped their hydraulic brakes. LEDs are rapidly developing and will be more and more powerful and efficient every year.

So to the 2016 T500 30 speed ........ Colours this year are ebony Matt and slate Matt for gents and lipstick red for ladies (great colour this one !) To fit in with the matt theme mudguards are coordinated with a matt finish too.

Frame is of course double butted 25 CrMo4 steel providing rigidity and compliance and allowing the whole bike to weigh in at 14.1 kgs .......making it the lightest bike in the VSF range. This light weight makes the bike the nippiest and most agile bike in their range along with the more highly specced T700. However you could also tour or trek with no problems .

Transmission is provided by Shimano Deore . Wheels are the tried and tested Exal MX19's which are double walled and eyeletted with stainless spokes. No probs carrying your weight if touring. Your panniers will be well supported by the  dog leg shape of the Racktime rear rack.

Lighting is powered by the Shimano LX front hub Dynamo powering a front BandM Lumotec Avy Led putting out 30 lux and the rear BandM Toplight Flat Plus......both with the addition of stand lights.

To help the nippy aspect of this fantastic bike it is shod with Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres which at a width of 35 is narrow for VSF and allows for a balance for weight carrying and speed.

The Selle Royal Seta Performa saddle adds to the sporty feel and look of this bike ......

So in conclusion if you want a light and very nippy bicycle on which you can effortlessly commute many miles and still tour on , this may be the perfect steed for you.

Come and ride one.......they are usually in stock.
Light and nimble........suitable for fast commuting and also a capable touring companion.

Another view

Looking at the cockpit........straightish bars and fixed Ahead stem provides for a more sporty riding position

Matt slate colour with matt mudguards. 30 lux BandM front led.

Shimano Deore running gear for smoothness and reliability

30 speed transmission. exal MX19 rims .......double walled with eyeletted  stainless spokes. No problem carrying weight.

Dogleg rack for your panniers. Doublebutted steel frame for compliance and low weight. This is the lightest VSF machine at 14.1 kgs.

Selle Royale Seta Performa compliments the sporty and nimble feel of the bicycle