VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR
TX-1200 - ROADSTER - PINION P1.18 - DISC
Want the most advanced touring bike on the market? Without a shred of a doubt, this is it. The TX-1200 is the most technologically evolved touring bike on the market, designed to do two things: give the rider the most advanced, functional and intuitive touring platform available, and make it zero maintenance, bombproof and unbreakable. That's always been how Germans buy their touring bikes, and the TX-1200 is an absolute marvel of German engineering, if not the leading archetype for all touring bikes.
What makes the TX-1200 so gush-worthy? Where to begin? First is undeniably the Pinion P1.18 gearbox, a CNC'd aluminum gearbox that eliminates the need for derailleurs and internal gears. Probably one of the highest praised products to enter the bicycle world, the Pinion offers a massive 636% gear range, an 8% increase over the 30-speed TX-800 without the maintenance, and best of all, the ability to shift as hard as you want under load. Yes, that means you can shift your 99lb packed touring bike up a 25% grade and shift with absolute impunity. Add the proven Gates CDX belt drive and you have 30,000 of kilometres before you need even need consider buying a new drivetrain. In a world where so much technology is built around planned-obsolescence, the TX-1200 is built for a lifetime.
Unlike North American touring bikes, the TX-1200 uses a flat handlebar. There is a good reason for this. North American touring bikes use drop bars to offer multiple hand positions - important when you're riding all day. But drop handlebars require that you 'drop' your position, great for racing bikes but not necessary for touring. European touring bikes provide multi-position on a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane; this makes all the difference.
The TX-1200 is a prodigy of geometry and parts. The long wheelbase displaces weight over a longer footprint, providing stability, and the seat and head angles prioritize comfort, control and efficiency. The 27.5 wheels offer the perfect balance of acceleration and efficiency and are especially excellent for rough terrain (it's easy to switch to 700c if you prefer). The Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes will slow and stop on the steepest hills on the rainiest days. Add the low-drag SP hub and insanely bright 100 LUX Busch & Muller dynamo lights and you're safe those nights you arrive late (great safety as daytime running lights too). Finally, the Tubus racks - an absolute cult-like brand in the touring world - rounds out the TX-1200 into the Delphic oracle of touring bikes.
- Questions? Book a sales appointment with one of our Touring bike experts
- Special order only: expect 6-12 weeks delivery
- Touring frame designed for your next big adventure
- Double butted Cromoly Steel frame is strong, lightweight and comfortable
- Pinion P1.18 Gearbox - 636% - Made in Germany
- Gates CDX Belt Drive
- Low maintenance and powerful Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes
- Ergon GP3 Multi-position grips - Made in Germany
- Full suite of Tubus touring racks - made in Germany
- Top-end Busch & Muller lighting with 100LUX output
- Low drag and lightweight Shutter Precision dynamo hub
- Unbreakable, lightweight ChromoPlastic SKS fenders
- Super comfy Selle Royale Scientia Performa saddle - made in Italy
- Strong and lightweight double walled rims
- Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires are fast AND puncture-resistant
- Strong side mount kick stand - made in Switzerland
|FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR TX-1200 ROADSTER|
|FRAME||25 CrMo 4, double-butted - Powdercoated|
|FORK||25 CrMo 4, double-butted - Powdercoated|
|HEADSET||Ritchey Comp Logic V2, 1-1/8”|
|STEM||Ergotec Piranha 2 - 31.8 mm - made in Germany|
|HANDLEBAR||Ergotec Trekking 31.8 mm - made in Germany|
|GRIPS||Ergon GP3 Multi-position - made in Germany|
|SEATPOST||Humpert Skalar - Made in Germany|
|SEAT||Selle Royal Scientia - Made in Italy|
|BRAKES||Shimano Deore XT (180 mm) Disc brake|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Deore XT, 3-Finger|
|FRONT HUB||Shutter Precision PL-8 Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Pinion H2.R|
|SPOKES||ED 2.34 (13G) Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|RIMS||Exal MX19 Double Walled - Made in Germany
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, 50-584|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Pinion P1.18
|CRANKS||Gates CDX 32T
|COGSET||Gates CDX 26T|
|PEDALS||VP196 Trekking 9/16|
|KICKSTAND||Pletscher Comp - made in Switzerland|
|FRONT LIGHT||Busch&Muller Lumotec IQ-X, 100 LUX - made in Germany|
|REAR LIGHT||Busch&Muller Line LED - made in Germany|
|REAR RACK||Tubus Logo Evo - made in Germany|
|FRONT RACK||Tubus Tara Lowrider - made in Germany|
SKS ChromoPlastic - made in Germany
FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR TX-1200 ROADSTER
|52CM||5' 6"||5' 9"|
|57CM||5' 9"||6' 1"|
|62CM||6' 1"||6' 5"|
How is a Fahrradmanufaktur different from other touring bikes?
Great question! The difference is really between North American touring bikes and European touring bikes. European touring bikes have not been subject to the same boom-and-bust cycles as the North American touring bike and have thus evolved much more carefully. Whereas North American touring bikes today try to offset the problem of drop bars using frame geometry (higher head tubes), European touring bikes realized the problem was the drop handlebar, never the frame. By recognizing that multi-position bars needn't entail a vertical drop, European touring bikes provide multi-positions across a much more comfortable horizontal plane. The other big difference between North American touring bikes and European touring bikes might be described as "trust in technology." North American touring bikes often dumb the bike down in fear that parts will fail. This provides less safety and less ergonomics, as well as an arguably false sense of confidence. European parts tend to go through much higher testing protocols, and that's why its not uncommon to see a European tourist, riding on their third continent, confidently using gearbox systems like Pinion, hydraulic rim or disc brakes, or legendary unbreakable hubs like the Rohloff Speedhub.
What’s the difference between a brand like Fahrradmanufaktur and others you carry?
We’re just going to say it: Fahrradmanufaktur are the best touring 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 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.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
The Fahrradmanufaktur Touring bikes take wheels very very seriously. There's nothing worse than a broken spoke in the middle of a tour, and Fahrradmanufaktur bikes all use more spokes (36 spokes as opposed to the standard 32), that are uncommonly thick at 13g (most spokes are a much thinner 14g). These are laced to heat-treated, made-in-Germany Exal double-walled rims and hubs that are always brand-name and highly serviceable (that way, in case things do go wrong, your wheels remain serviceable, not disposable).
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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