VSF FAHRRAD MANUFAKTUR
T-700 - ROADSTER - XT 30 - DISC
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The T-700 XT is made for the purist who wants a lightweight steel frame for comfort, a wide-range derailleur system, and a versatile geometry that can easily do a serious tour without committing to the sluggish geometry of a heavy-duty touring bike (like the Fahrradmanufaktur TX series). This is a zippy bike that's great for long group or solo rides and still has the load-strength to sustain front and rear pannier loads on your next major tour.
The T-700 comes equipped with a wide range (570%) full XT drivetrain and powerful and intuitive XT hydraulic discs. Like all Fahhradmanufaktur bikes, all the accessories already come supplied, and all of are premium European extraction - tried, tested, and proven. To that end, the T-700 comes already equipped with a super bright Busch and Muller dynamo lighting system (complete with the coveted low-drag and lightweight SP Dynamo hub), and lots of European-made goodies, like the SKS fenders, Racktime rack and Pletscher kickstand. Want a do-it-all machine? This is it!
- Special Order - Estimated delivery: April - May 2021
- Questions? Book a consultation with one of our Recreational bike experts
- Distance frame designed for your next big adventure
- Double butted Cromoly Steel frame is strong, lightweight and comfortable
- Pinion C1.12 Gearbox - 600% - Made in Germany
- Gates CDX Belt Drive
- Low maintenance and powerful Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes
- Ergon GP1 grips - Made in Germany
- Racktime Lightit rear rack - made in Germany
- Top-end Busch & Muller lighting with 70LUX output
- Low drag and lightweight Shutter Precision dynamo hub
- Unbreakable, lightweight ChromoPlastic SKS fenders
- Super comfy Selle Royale Seta saddle - made in Italy
- Strong and lightweight double walled rims
- Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires are mega puncture-resistant
- Strong side mount kick stand - made in Switzerland
|FRAME||25 CrMo 4, double-butted - Powdercoated|
|FORK||25 CrMo 4, double-butted - Powdercoated|
|HEADSET||Ritchey Comp Logic V2, 1-1/8”|
|STEM||Level Nine 1-1/8 Threadless|
|HANDLEBAR||Level Nine Aluminum|
|GRIPS||Ergon GP1 - made in Germany|
|SEAT||Selle Royal Seta - Made in Italy|
|BRAKES||Shimano Deore XT (160 mm) Disc brake|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Deore XT, 3-Finger|
|FRONT HUB||Shutter Precision PL-8 Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano XT
|SPOKES||Niro 2.0 (14G) Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|RIMS||Schürmann YAK19 Double Walled - Made in Germany|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 40-622|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Pinion C1.12
|DERAILLEURS||Shimano XT Rear, XT Front|
|CRANKS||Shimano, Deore XT, 48/36/26 tooth|
|COGSET||Shimano Deore SLX 11-34T
|KICKSTAND||Pletscher Comp - made in Switzerland|
|FRONT LIGHT||Busch&Muller Lumotec IQ-X, 100 LUX - made in Germany|
|REAR LIGHT||Busch&Muller Toplight Mini Plus - made in Germany|
|REAR RACK||Racktime Lightit - made in Germany|
SKS ChromoPlastic - made in Germany
FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR T-700 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.
Did you know we ship bikes completely built and ready to ride? Our bikes are shipped Ride Out Of The Box meaning they are professionally tuned and delivered - worry free. Your bike will arrive at your door step with any accessories installed, so you can ride it right out of the box!
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