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 in each direction of driving.


Playing safe Expedition bikes

Playing it safe

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


Extrem wartungsarme Expeditions bike

Extremely Low-Maintenance

The gears operate in an oil bath. Other than an oil change ervery 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

Oldenburger Manufacturing quality meets Stuttgart art of enginieering

Two specialists share a passion: building better bicycles. We, at vsf fahradmanufaktur, 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-wheeler scene. As such, it is only logical that we now – with the TX-1200 Gates – for the first time equip a vsf fahrradmanufaktur bicycle with the innovative Pinion P2 gear unit. The TX-1200 Gates combines the sophisticated engineering from automotive construction with German manufacturing quality into an expedition bike of extra class.

At home on the road

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 with Pinion transmission interface
Frame height Gents 28": 52, 57, 62 cm
Color ebony matt
Fork 25 CrMo 4
Gear lever Pinion P2 18-Grs twist handle shifter
Crank wheel set Pinion Aluminium, 170 mm, 32 Zähne
Sproket 26 tooth
Chain Gates CDX centertrack belt drive
Inner bearing(s) Pinion P1.18-Gang centertrack belt drive
Gear ratio (F : R) 32 tooth : 26 tooth
Handlebar Level Nine, Aluminium, Riser, 31,8 mm 6
Stem Level Nine, Aluminium, a-head, 31,8 mm, with 4-fach Klemmung
Head set Ritchey Comp Logic V2, a-head
Saddle Selle Royal Scientia A2 elevated, unisex
Handles SErgon GR3-L with including Bar-Ends
Seatpost Level Nine Aluminium seatpost, patent, 27,2 mm, 12 mm offset
Breaks Magura HS33, hydraulice rim brake including brakeboosterr
Brake lever Magura HS33 2-Finger brake level
Hub dynamo SON 28 hub dynamo
Rear wheel hub Formula DC-52
Rims EXAL MX19, Aluminium hollow rim, double eyelets
Spokes Nrio 2mm
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, 47-622, reflex, EVO-Line
Mud guards SKS fixed bridge with edge protection
Rack Rear: Tubus Cargo incl. Lashing strap Front: Tubus Tara Lowriderr
Chain guard Hebie Chainbar
Headlightr B&M Lumotec IQ2 Luxos U LED, 90 LUX w/ marker light & sensor
Tail lightt B&M Line LED w/ marker light
Pedals VP-196
Stand Pletscher Comp rear wheel stand
Misc. Pinion P2 18-Gear Gear unit
weight 16,9 kg