About vsf fahrradmanufaktur

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Philosophy

 

To our customers, the bicycles of vsf fahrradmanufaktur are far more than a practical means of locomotion. They are a fixed component of an attitude to life that is based on value preservation and a sense of responsibility.
 
Our bicycles are put to the test year-in, year-out in day-to-day life and leisure-time, in wind and weather, as all-round modes of transportation, quite often even as a car replacement. This gives rise to high expectations with respect to comfort, fun riding, and longevity, which we fulfill in all disciplines with an above average level of quality.
 
We do, furthermore, pay particular attention to the functionality and selection of the technical components. As passionate bicyclists, we constantly think about the optimisation of our products and participate in the discussion of current development in the two-wheeler scene..
 
Changes and innovations are incorporated into our program only after they have proven to provide for a substantial improvement for our customers.
Fashion-oriented cosmetics are not among the principles we follow. These product politics have over the years led to a compact portfolio of mature models that – in part – have obtained cult status.

 

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.

 

Frames made of steel

 

At vsf fahrradmanufaktur, steel has traditionally been valued highly. As a material full of character, it spreads an aura of tried and tested craftsmanship, very much in the spirit of our notion of manufacturing. This much about emotions.
 
What has proven itself over a long period of time in bicycle construction must - of course - also be convincing in facts and figures: steel provides for a high tensile strength – in the case of the chromium molybdenum alloy 25CrMo4, it amounts to more than 700 N/mm².
 
As such, it is the number one choice in a lot of disciplines in the vehicle industry. The alloy can be shaped well with relatively low energy expenditure and is well suited for welding.
As such, ideal prerequisites to producing timeless frames that are filigreed and elegant, yet, at the same time highly resilient.
 
Dabei zeigen Stahlrahmen neben ihrer Zähigkeit eine Elastizität, die guten Fahrkomfort bietet, ohne dass eine Federgabel oder gefederte Sattelstütze unbedingt nötig wären.
 
Auf vsf fahrradmanufaktur Rahmen, ob Aluminium oder Stahl, geben wir 10 Jahre Garantie. Dies gilt genauso für verbaute starre Aluminium- und Stahlgabeln. Ebenso sind alle unsere Fahrräder bis zu einem maximalen Gesamtgewicht von bis zu 140 kg freigegeben (das Modell T-XXL bis 170 kg, die Modelle R-500 und CR-500 bis 100 kg). 

 

A quarter century of vsf fahrradmanufaktur

 

In 2012, vsf fahrradmanufaktur celebrated its 25 anniversary! Time for a look back:

 

When the first vsf fahrradmanufaktur bicycle was rolling on the streets of Germany in 1987, bicycling was primarily a leisure-time activity. Back the, only very few adults considered the bicycle a serious day-to-day mode of locomotion.

 

The founders of vsf fahrradmanufaktur had a different vision: with sophisticated bicycles manufactured by hand, they wanted to make a contribution to the necessary ecological shift in traffic.

 

In this spirit, they brought to life their own model portfolio and developed premium class bicycles with know-how and a lot of appreciation for detail.

 

Since then, vsf fahrradmanufaktur has been representative of ecological products that are long-lasting and of high quality. The business implementation is nowadays being carried out by the cycle union GmbH company headquartered in Oldenburg (Germany).

 

Today, our product portfolio encompasses travel and touring bikes as well as city bikes and urban bikes.

 

History

 

2016

Founding of “e-bike manufaktur” and outsourcing of the Pedelec product range to this new brand.

 

2015

Highlights of the product presentation are the models R-500 und CR-500 - a delicates racing bicycle and a classic cross country bike made of steel.

 

2014

For the first time we present with the TX-1200 a bike specifically for travelling and a 18-Gear Pinion mechanism.   

 

2013

With a speed of up to 45 km/h, we present the P-1000 as the first e-bike.   

 

2012

The trend towards electro-mobility continues! As a new, compact and agile pedelec, the P-Kompakt is joining the ranks of our product portfolio.   

 

2011

Motorised lightness: vsf fahrradmanufaktur has developed the first three pedelecs of the extra class with the innovative drive system by BOSCH that provide demanding and environmentally aware users with good reasons to switch (models: P-700, P-400, P-300)   

 

2010

Tn-Belt – as the first model of our product portfolio, it is equipped with a maintenance-free Gates belt drive. This innovative bike with its unobtrusive design and choice compoents awakens the passion of all those who love the extraordinary and who are ahead of their times.

 

2009

Ti-Light – as the first model of our product portfolio, it is equipped with a titanium frame and rightfully enjoys the status of the high end trekking bike.   

 

2008

vsf fahrradmanufaktur celebrates its 20th anniversary. On occasion of this, a special model T-1987 is presented, in an edition limited to 250.   

 

2006

vsf fahrradmanufaktur is presenting itself in a new design outfit for the 2006 season.   

 

2005

For the 20th anniversary of VSF, a special model "Das Rad" [The Bike] is developed in cooperation with vsf fahrradmanufaktur.   

 

2004

The "fitness bike" T-900 was developed in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Baum.

 

 

2002

The model T-1000 C becomes the first [bike] of vsf fahrradmanufaktur with the worldwide most innovative hub gear "Rohloff Speedhub".

 

 

2001

This year, a true highlight in terms of riding comfort is presented by vsf fahrradmanufaktur: the T-800.

 

 

1999

Cycle Union in Oldenburg takes over responsibility for vsf fahrradmanufaktur.

 

 

1997

The first cross models of vsf fahrradmanufaktur conquer the streets.

 

 

1996

vsf fahrradmanufaktur is more and more placing a focus on the area of travel bikes. In this year, the highlight is the Randonneur C-140.

 

1995

In Bremen, vsf fahrradmanufaktur is by now producing 15,000 bicycles per year. These are sold exclusively via specialised dealers affiliated with the V.S.F.

 

1988

"Das Rad" [The Bike] ("Model A") becomes the first model of the Fahrradmanufaktur Bremen bicycle manufactory.

 

1987

Founding of vsf fahrradmanufaktur in Bremen.

 

1985

Founding of the V.S.F. (Verbund Selbstverwalteter Fahrradbetriebe [Assocation of Self-governed Bicycle Companies]) in Berlin.

 

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