VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR
T-50 CARGO - STEP-THROUGH - NEXUS 8 - 2020
The VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur T-50 Cargo is a an all-weather, load-it-up city bike that is designed for maximum stability and safety. It's also darn good looking; the kind of bike that looks good in your office or loft. This stunning white bike represents a total re-think on the user ergonomics of a city cyclist.
First, there is the frame, a unisex step-through that's upright and easy to hop onto, no matter what you're wearing.
Second, there are the wheels. The T-50 Cargo uses a smaller diameter wheel that lowers centre of gravity for heavy loads, which is pretty smart. But, this smaller diameter wheel also provides greater acceleration, perfect for stop-and-go city life. And, the tire is wide to provide a stable footprint but is also high pressure to provide low rolling resistance.
Third, there are the hydraulic disc brakes that provide all-weather stopping (and won't freeze up in the winter). All of this is driven by a wide-range and low maintenance Shimano 8 speed hub, perfect for hills, distance, and of course, weekend adventures outside of the city. Oh, and it comes with dynamo lighting too; so you'll never need to use batteries again!
One great thing about Fahrradmanufaktur is all the European parts over their bikes. Fenders, racks and kickstands may be afterthoughts for most North American companies, but the Germans take these very, very seriously. From the lightweight and unbreakable German-made SKS fenders to the wide-leg Swiss made kickstand, the T-50 Cargo is a Christmas Tree of drool-worthy parts. Of course the cool thing about the T-50 Cargo is its Racktime front and rear racks, designed for a huge range of Racktime bags and baskets that click right in.
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- VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur T50 Cargo - The perfect city bike
- Lightweight and stiff 6061 aluminium frame
- Low Step-Through unisex frame - Easily mount the bike when fully loaded
- Upright riding position - Comfortable, safe and visible
- Perfect for daily commuting, shopping and school runs
- High-quality adjustable stem - Dial in that perfect riding position
- SKS Fenders - Sturdy, lightweight, keeps you looking fresh
- SKS partial chain guard - Keeps clothes clean!
- Shimano & B&M Dynamo System - Battery Free, powerful lighting, 24/7
- Racktime front and rear racks wit Snap-It system - Made by Tubus in Germany
- Shimano 8-speed internal gears - Maintenance free and reliable
- Gripshifter - easily change gears at lights
- Selle Royale Wave saddle - Made in Italy - Super comfy
- Double walled rims - Strong and lightweight
- Super bright, battery-free dynamo lighting system
- Strong side mount kick stand - made in Switzerland
- Optional: Racktime Baskit Breeze Front Basket
- Optional: Racktime Boxit Rear Storage System
|VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR T-50 - CARGO - NEXUS 8|
|FRAME||Lightweight Aluminum 6061 - Powdercoated|
|FORK||Lightweight Cro-moly Steel - Powdercoated|
|STEM||Adjustable Alloy Threadless|
|HANDLEBAR||Humpert Ergotech City Cruiser, alloy 25.4|
|GRIPS||Ergon GP1- made in Germany|
|SEATPOST||Humpert, Atar, patent, Aluminium, 27,2 mm, 300 mm|
|SEAT||Selle Royal Wave - made in Italy|
|BRAKES||Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc brake|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Tektro CL-530 Aluminum, 3-finger|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 8 rotary|
|FRONT HUB||Shimano DH-3D37 Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus Internal 8 Speed|
|SPOKES||Niro 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Big Apple puncture resistant, 55-559|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Thun Topaz Sealed Cartridge Bearing|
|CRANKS||38T x 170mm Steel|
|CHAIN||KMC Z-610 Zinc coated (rust resistant)|
|PEDALS||VP-831, 9/16 City/Trekking|
|KICKSTAND||Pletscher Comp Zoom - made in Switzerland|
|FRONT LIGHT||B&M Lumotech Avy 40LUX|
|REAR LIGHT||B&M Toplight 2C|
|FRONT RACK||Racktime Topit Evo - Made in Germany|
|REAR RACK||Racktime Foldit Fix - Made in Germany|
SKS Plastic Fenderset - Made in Germany
|CHAIN GUARD||Hebie - Made in Germany|
VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR T-50 CARGO STEP-THROUGH - NEXUS 8
|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 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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