VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR
T-500 - STEP-THROUGH - DEORE 30
If ever there was one bike that could represent the meticulous and thoughtful nature of German engineering, it would be the Fahrradmanufaktur T-500. Like the rest of the T-Series, the T-500 is defiant of classification at every turn, excelling at long-distance treks and recreational rides, while offering great comfort for commuters. Combining some of the finest components available on the market with a light, comfortably and incredibly strong chromoly frame, luxury and practicality are one and the same on this workhorse.
The T-500's drivetrain is smooth and versatile; the 3X10 Shimano Deore drivetrain effortlessly shifts and offers all the gearing you could need for almost any terrain, while powerful V-Brakes pack in a ton of responsive, reliable stopping power. The battery-free dynamo system pairs super bright Busch&Muller lights with a Shutter Precision dynamo for robust and reliable lighting wherever you go.
The list can keep going - Racktime carrier, SKS fenders, heck, even the kickstand seems like a masterpiece. Fully loaded with everything you could need and no unnecessary add-ons or gimmicks, nothing quite says you're going places like the T-500.
- Questions? Book a consultation with one of our Recreational Bike experts
- Special order only: expect 6-12 weeks delivery
- Step-Thru frame with comfortable upright riding position
- Chromoly Steel frame is strong, lightweight and comfortable
- Unbreakable, lightweight ChromoPlastic SKS fenders
- Best-in-class Racktime Light-It rear rack, made by Tubus in Germany
- Smooth and versatile 3x10 Shimano Deore drivetrain
- Super comfy Selle Royale Seta Performa saddle - made in Italy
- Strong and lightweight double walled rims
- Battery-free, maintenance-free dynamo lighting system
- Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires are fast AND puncture-resistant
- Strong side mount kick stand - made in Switzerland
- Weight: 30.6 lb
|FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR T-500 - STEP-THROUGH|
|FRAME||Lightweight 4130 Chromoly Steel - Powdercoated|
|FORK||Lightweight Aluminum- Powdercoated|
|HEADSET||Ritchey Comp Logic V2, 1-1/8”|
|STEM||Levelnine Aluminum 1-1/8” A-Head, 25.4mm|
|HANDLEBAR||Levelnine Trekking, Aluminum 5degree, 640mm|
|GRIPS||Herrmans Grit D33 clamp-on - made in Finland|
|SEATPOST||Levelnine Patent Alloy 27.2, Two-pin micro-adjust|
|SEAT||Selle Royal Seta Performa - made in Italy|
|BRAKES||Shimano BR-T4000 V-Brakes|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Deore, 3-Finger|
|FRONT HUB||Shutter Precision PV-8 Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Deore FH-T610|
|SPOKES||Niro 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 37-622 - Puncture resistant|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano Hollowtech II|
|CRANKS||Shimano Deore 170mm, HT2, 48/36/26T|
|COGSET||Shimano HG-50, 11-32T|
|PEDALS||Aluminum, 9/16 City/Trekking|
|KICKSTAND||Pletscher Zoom - made in Switzerland|
|FRONT LIGHT||Busch&Muller Lumotec AVY LED, 40lux - made in Germany|
|REAR LIGHT||Busch&Muller Toplight 2C Plus - made in Germany|
|RACK||Racktime Lightit - made in Germany|
SKS ChromoPlastic - made in Germany
FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR T-500 - STEP-THROUGH
|45CM||5' 0"||5' 4"|
|50CM||5' 5"||5' 9"|
|55CM||5' 10"||6' 2"|
How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?
Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lies assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t often made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you can wear whatever you want, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.
What’s the difference between a brand like Fahrradmanufaktur and others you carry?
We’re just going to say it: Fahrradmanufaktur is the best city bike we’ve ever seen. Sure, it may not be as pretty as an Achielle, but it still beautiful, perhaps functionally so. And yeah, it’s functional. The frame is a rust-proof, strong and very lightweight aluminum – which is a bit disruptive to the traditional world of steel city bikes (but that’s just the point). The geometry is upright but still sporty enough to multitask city riding and longer weekend adventures. The parts are made in Europe and best-in-class: chaincovers from Hebie (Germany), kickstands from Pletscher (Switzerland), racks from Racktime (Germany), fenders from SKS (Germany), grips from Herrmans (Finland) and lights from Axa (Netherlands), Herrmans (Finland) and Busch & Muller (Germany). Durable for all weather, light enough to bring inside, great for the city, and great to bring up to the cottage too. Best of all, the prices are more than reasonable.
What does Fahrradmanufaktur mean?
It means “bike manufacturer,” because all of their bikes are literally made in Oldenburg, Germany. The company started by a group of urban retailers who were seeing the same increase in city cycling that we’ve seen here in North America, but weren’t seeing great options from the German bike industry – which is largely focused on recreational riding – or the Dutch and Scandinavian markets – which continue to produce heavier bikes for short-burst city commutes. Like North American brands like Simcoe, Fahrradmanufaktur took matters into their own hands, but unlike Simcoe, they had access to a wide breadth of well-designed European parts from purpose-built kickstands to lights to racks. Their bikes are almost… perfect.
What’s the difference between the S-80 and the T-100?
The S-80 is a slightly more economical bike targeted a bit more at the city cyclist while the T-100 can multitask city riding and longer rides at the cottage with equal aplomb. The S80 has a more upright position that prioritizes absolute safety in the city while the T-100 is still upright, but tilts the rider over slightly for better agility and power. The S-80 uses a ¾ chaincase whereas the T-100 uses the (amazing) full coverage Hebie Chainglider. And there’s some other differences: the T-100 has a much brighter lightset, and uses some nicer parts like the Racktime rack (light and strong) and quality Swiss made Pletscher kickstands.
What is dynamo lighting?
Cars come with lights and so should a city bike. Dynamo lightsets are an integrated system that generates electricity from the hub and blasts this into a bolted-on, theft-resistant light that projects more power than most battery systems so that you can see and be seen. Unlike the old days where the dynamo rubbed against the tire (slowing you down) the new systems are part of the front hub and are very low friction as well as very low maintenance. Most of the dynamo sets we carry feature a “standlight,” or capacitor which means they produce and store energy so that when you’re stopped the lights keep going.
Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?
Heck no! It’s the 21stcentury and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar up very high so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power. If you imagine yourself toodling through the bike lane at a stylish and efficient pace, choose a Step-thru. If you imagine a bit more zip and power then choose a Roadster.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust. Bikes like the Fahrradmanufaktur also feature Schwalbe Citizen tires that are Kevlar-belted tires to drastically reduce punctures in the city.
What is an internal gear hub?
In Europe a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Internal gear hubs are awesome. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.
How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?
Research shows that very few bicycle thefts are related to a bicycles value and are best defined as low-risk/low-return. A good bicycle lock is expensive to break through and takes time, thus increasing the risk and lowering the return. Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and that makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good Abus U-lock or a chain and you’ll be fine. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?
Ten year warranty for manufactures defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.
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