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The TX-1200 Gates.
At home on the road.

powered by pinion

Revolutionary gear technology in the next-generation expedition wheel: the lonely path snakes its way through a grove in gentle serpentines and loses itself in the vastness of the plain on the horizon. The noise and bustle of the city have long been behind you. You take a deep breath. Only the even whirring of Schwalbe tires, which dig reliably into the gravel, can be heard. You suspect the smooth change of gears in Pinion rear derailleur, more than you feel it. "That's the feeling of freedom ..." it shoots briefly through your head. Then you turn off and there's nothing left except you, your bike and your way. And it feels like you could just keep going forever ...

Free up, overcome boundaries, gain distance.

For those who love the adventure and the big distance, we have further developed the TX-1200 Pinion P1.18 and equipped with the Gates belt drive. With state-of-the-art shifting technology, the belt drive, a handmade steel frame in proven vsf manufacturing quality and high-quality, durable components, we have created an expedition wheel that sets new standards in terms of reliability, load capacity, driving characteristics and comfort. Convince yourself of the unique features of the expedition highlight of the vsf fahrradmanufaktur.

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18 speeds

Without overlaps - with an gear spacing of 11.5%.


Expeditionsrad by vsf fahrradmanufaktur

Gear Ratio Range 636%

More than any chain or hub gear.


Speeding for Expeditions bikes

Lightning-Fast Switching

Lightning-fast switching of any number of gears – up or down.


Playing safe Expedition bikes

Playing it safe

A sealed, sturdy housing protects the gearbox from dirt and damage.


Extrem wartungsarme Expeditions bike

Extremely Low-Maintenance

Other than an oil change every 10,000 km, no other maintenance work on the gearbox is required.


Gewischtsverteilung Expeditions bike

Optimal Mass Distribution

A low, central center of gravity and a lighter-weight rear wheel improve handling, suspension and driving dynamics.

TX-1200 Pinion 1.18 by vsf fahrradmanufaktur

Manufacturing quality from Oldenburg meets Stuttgart art of engineering.

Two specialists share one passion: building better bicycles. We, at vsf fahrradmanufaktur, have always been representative of the highest expectations in terms of comfort, fun driving, and longevity. To constantly develop our quality claim further, we constantly monitor current developments and innovations in the two wheel scene. As such, it is logical that we equip a this bicycle with the innovative Pinion P1.18 gear unit. The TX-1200 Gates combines the sophisticated engineering from automotive construction with german manufacturing quality into an expedition bike of extra class.

German Manufactory Quality.

vsf fahrradmanufaktur bicycles are carefully made by hand in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. We use high quality raw materials and brand name components that are matched to one another. Environmentally friendly production processes, for instance featuring the solvent-free powder coating principle, round out our profile as sustainable quality manufacturer.

To us, bicycles are a holistic mobility concept for individual lifestyles. We do not focus on the individual component on the bicycle, but rather on the harmony of the whole. In addition to the appealing design, the bicycle must also be able to withstand the weather conditions all year long. At vsf fahrradmanufaktur, quality takes center stage – at each step of the production chain. From the idea via the design to the final assembly. Reliably attuned to the needs of our customers, we develop bicycles with a driving experience second to none.



The TX-1200 Gates in detail:

Frame 25 CrMo 4, 2-times double butted, Disc, with Pinion transmission interface
Frame height Gents 28": 52, 57, 62 cm
Color ebony matt
Fork 25 CrMo 4
Shift lever Shift lever Pinion DS2.18, twist shifter
Brake lever Shimano Deore XT BL-T8100
Crank wheel set Pinion Aluminium, 170 mm, 32 Zähne
Sproket Gates CDX pulley, 26 tooth
Chain Gates CDX-drive belt
Inner bearing(s) Pinion P1.18-Gang centertrack belt drive
Gear ratio (F : R) 32 tooth : 26 tooth
Handlebar Humpert Ergotec Trekking, aluminum , 620 mm, safety level 6
Stem Humpert Ergotec Piranha 2, 31,8 mm, safety level 6
Head set Ritchey Comp Logic V2, a-head
Saddle Selle Royal Scientia
Grips Ergon GP3, with Screw clamp
Seatpost Humpert, Skalar, patent, Aluminium
Breaks Shimano Deore XT BR-M8100 (front 180 mm / rear 180 mm)
Brake lever Shimano Deore XT BL-T8100, 3-finger
Front Hub Shutter Precission PL-8, hub dynamo, centerlock
Rear Hub Shimano Deore XT FH-M8010
Rear wheel hub Formula DC-52
Rims Schürmann YAK25 Disc aluminum hollow section
Spokes Niro ED, 2,34 mm
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, 50-584, reflex
Mudguards SKS A56, plastic
Rack Rear: Tubus Logo Evo / Front: Tubus Tara Lowrider
Chain guard Hebie Chainbar for Pinion
Headlight Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ-X, 100 LUX
Tail light B&M Line LED w/ marker light
Pedals VP-196 aluminium
Kickstand Pletscher Comp Zoom, rear stand
Misc. Pinion P2 18-Gear Gear unit
Weight 18.5 kg